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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Patrick Troughton, William Hartnell, Nicholas Courtney
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008N6ZJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,088 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This tenth anniversary adventure teams third Doctor Jon Pertwee with his predecessors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as they battle against embittered renegade Time Lord Omega in his anti-matter Universe.


Made to mark the series' tenth anniversary, Doctor Who: The Three Doctors finds Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor teaming-up with the Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell incarnations to battle a universe-threatening foe. Omega (played by an excellent Stephen Thorne) is the Timelord who gave his race the power necessary for time travel. Long presumed dead he is actually trapped in an anti-matter universe inside a black hole, and is scheming an epic revenge. Set in UNIT HQ, Omega's domain and a chalk pit, Bob Baker and David Martin's yarn is both nonsensical and more wildly ambitious than the BBC effects unit could possibly visualise. This is so much the case that the best moments come with the metaphysically chilling scene in which Omega is unmasked, and in the bickering rivalry between Pertwee and Troughton. Sadly Hartnell was seriously ill with arteriosclerosis, so his brief scenes were all taped in a day and played on a monitor in the TARDIS, the reason given that the First Doctor is trapped in a "time eddy". If hardly a classic this is still a meatier tale than The Two Doctors (1985), which starred Troughton and Colin Baker, and it features ever-dependable support from Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier.

On the DVD: Doctor Who: The Three Doctors is presented in the original 4:3 ratio with good mono sound. The introductory 16-mm film footage is very grainy and lined, but later exteriors are good and the interior video-shot material in fine. The commentary by Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney and producer Barry Letts is informative and funny. Extras include excerpts from a highly entertaining 1973 Pebble Mill at One with Patrick Troughton and BBC props designer Bernard Wilkie (20 min) and a 1973 retrospective on the show from Blue Peter featuring Pertwee with the then new Whomobile, all presented by ex-Who companion Peter Purves. There are highlights from a BSkyB Doctor Who weekend from 1990, with brief interviews with Courtney, David Martin, Bob Baker, Pertwee, producer John Nathan Turner and writer Terrance Dicks (10 min). Rather more exciting is the appearances of the warm and witty Pertwee, Manning, and a very late Courtney at the 1993 Panopticon SF convention (29 min). There are also two trailers, info text and a scored photo gallery. --Gary S Dalkin

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful four part romp from the middle of the golden Pertwee era. I loved the Patrick Troughton stories and it's simply magical when he appears out of nowhere in the Tardis towards the end of episode one. Troughton is probably the only actor not to have played the character anywhere near 'himself' and I think as a result is the best to have had the role.
I'd never seen an interview with Troughton before so the DVD extra from 'Pebble Mill at One' is fascinating and shows a nervous and quiet yet clever man in conversation. The other extras are worth seeing too including a superb half hour in the company of the third doc and Jo Grant at the 1993 Panopticon convention.
The commentary from Barry Letts, Katy Manning and Nick Courtney is satisfactory and the production subtitles make for interesting reading but these are indeed just bonuses to what is a great story.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 26 April 2008
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The Tenth anniversary of Doctor Who kicked-off with this, the first televised multi-Doctor story. The Three Doctors introduces another rogue Timelord, Omega, after the sudden death of Roger Delgado meant that The Master could no longer be involved. The story is somewhat lacking in depth but a real treat for any fan of the 'classic series'.
After a rollicking start, where a mysterious and shapeless energy bubble begins terrorising the countryside and abducting random people, the story seems to settle into a classic Third Doctor Earthbound adventure. All goes well until we are properly introduced to Gallifrey, the Doctor's home planet, for the first time in the series, although the name is not used at this point. This could have been a fantastic plot device and given the fans a much-anticipated insight into The Doctor's origins, however it is simply presented as a load of crusty, hirsuite old men; the worst of whom is The President of the Timelords, played by possibly the most wooden and uncharismatic actor in the show's series (and yes, I've seen 'The Mutants'!) Still, it's good to at least see some more of The Doctor's people and it does give a good idea as to why he needed to escape!
The story's second episode is a somewhat stretched affair but Patrick Troughton is in fine form as The Second Doctor and gets all the best lines - before seeing this story I thought The Fourth Doctor was the originator of the jelly babies. The Third Doctor and Jo are transported to a world of anti-matter and we get to see the fabled Omega for the first time. Brief glimpses of The First Doctor (who is trapped in a 'time-eddy') show a clearly decrepit but still imposing William Hartnell and his line, "so these are my replacements, a dandy and a clown!" is pure joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 14 April 2014
Format: DVD
The Doctor's 10 years old! No, not really!

It's time to celebrate as `Doctor Who' reaches its 10th birthday in 1973. It's an exciting and momentous year as we get to have an adventure with the Doctor to commemorate 10 years of the show's history. It's a romp of an adventure with blobby jelly monsters, manic magicians and lots of birthday presents to open including a brand new dematerialisation circuit for the Doctor. But the Doctor's going to find this a tricky birthday to contend with as he meets two more versions of himself. This is `The Three Doctors' and it's one heck of a ride!

This was the first story I bought from the Jon Pertwee years of `Doctor Who'. I'd already seen Jon Pertwee as the Doctor before this in `The Five Doctors', which was the 20th anniversary special. So it was nice to be watching an adventure from the early 70s with Jon Pertwee in the leading role. It was nice to cushion the experience with watching Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell joining him on this adventure, as I was getting to know `Doctor Who' as a new comer to the series from the latest new generation of the show. Not only did I watch the first three Doctors altogether for the first time, but I also got to see the Brigadier who I enjoyed, Sergeant Benton who I recognised from `The Invasion' and the lovely and delightful Jo Grant, the Doctor's current companion in this story.

`The Three Doctors' is a story where a crisis occurs with some anti-matter monsters invading the Earth in the 1970s and they attack UNIT HQ in order to capture the Doctor. The Doctor with Jo and Sergeant Benton get themselves in the TARDIS and can't escape with some raw matter material trying to get at the TARDIS. The Doctor sends out a distress call to the Time Lords to ask for help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2014
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NOTE: Also available as a Special Edition in the Revisitations 3 box set, remastered and with new extras - highly recommended.

How do you celebrate your tenth birthday on air if you're over 700 years old? Get some friends round, probably have a couple of annoying relatives drop in, go out for the day, take in a pantomime, set off a few fireworks then all home in time for tea. `The Three Doctors' is `Doctor Who' in full party mode and it works brilliantly. There is a serious back story of the Time Lords in trouble with only the Doctor(s) to save them, but this often seems like a framework on which to hang as many party decorations as possible. Jelly monsters, glittering sets and costumes, the Doctors getting on each others nerves but still working together and the Brigadier light years out of his depth but soldiering on gallantly with some great one-liners - Nicholas Courtney plays it perfectly, with a straight face and militarily precise comic timing.

In the midst of all this frivolity, Stephen Thorne still manages to create the tragic role of Omega, driven mad by his long isolation and desperate to escape. It's one of the best voice performances in `Doctor Who'; Omega's mask is unchanging but his shifting moods of pride, anger and utter despair are clear to see. Still, this show is a birthday party and the intention seems obvious with references to Omega's fortress as "Aladdin's cave" and the point of singularity as the "magic lamp" so I suppose that makes Omega the conjurer - but not really an evil one, the Doctor feels sorry for him at the end. In keeping with the birthday atmosphere, this is a rare (unique?) `Doctor Who' where everyone survives - even Omega, but that's another story ...
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