Story: 4/5 - Extras: 5/5
Colin Baker's era of the TV series, and in particular season twenty-two, often comes under fire from fans as being badly written, thoughtless, bombastic and violent, with an unlikeable protagonist. However, I must confess a sneaking enjoyment of Colin Baker's era and nowhere more so than in Robert Holmes' The Two Doctors, which is by far the best of the original series' multi-Doctor stories.
The story isn't perfect: episode one drags, and there are some problems with the effects, particularly the Sontarans' loose headpieces. However, it also boasts excellent supporting characters in Jacqueline Pearce's conniving augmented Androgum Chessene and John Stratton's fiendishly greedy performance as Shockeye, the Androgum chef. The story is rife with cannibalistic and carnivorous themes and yes, there is a lot of violence, but it all serves to emphasise writer Robert Holmes' obvious ambhorrence of such behaviour in the real world, without ever resorting to preaching.
We also have the pleasure of seeing the return of Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, both looking older but obviously enjoying themselves. Finally, much of the story is filmed in sunny Spanish locations in and around Seville, which gives the story a great sense of sophistication and a welcome departure from the often cheap studio sets common to the era. It's just a pity that the Spanish setting doesn't really kick in until episode two.
As well as an expertly restored version of the original story (which is a lengthy one, equivalent to a "traditional" six-parter), which also has an excellent score by Peter Howell, The Two Doctors has as large a package of special features as you could possibly ask for. The commentary by Baker, Bryant, Hines, Jacqueline Pearce and director Peter Moffatt is unfocused (Pearce says "darling" a lot without offering much else), but the on-screen production notes are excellent, and there is also a wide range of bonus material including two custom-made documentaries, an hour's worth of "making of" footage, a half-hour radio programme discussing The Two Doctors and the 1985 Jim'll Fix It special A Fix With Sontarans starring Colin Baker and Janet Fielding. All together a well-stuffed package.