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5.0 out of 5 stars A Who-ite’s dream., 10 Sept. 2003
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Five Doctors [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
One by one, the earlier four incarnations of the Doctor are being plucked out of the space-time continuum, and placed into the dreaded Death Zone. Originally used by the Time Lords for organizing gladiatorial matches between various races, Rassilon closed the Death Zone, and forbade the use of the Time Scoop. So, who is doing this, and more importantly, why? It’s up to the Doctor (all of them) to figure it out.
This movie is a “Who-ite’s” dream. Four of the five Doctors are present, with Richard Hurndall performing very well as the formidable first Doctor. Many companions appear, including Turlough, Tegan, Susan (the Doctor’s Granddaughter), Sarah Jane, the Brigadier, Mike Yates, Liz Shaw, Jamie, Zoe, and K-9. Plus, of course, the Master (played by Anthony Ainley). It is a shame that Tom Baker refused to be involved in this production, but he is reasonably represented by scenes taken from the never-completed episode Shada.
I recommend this movie absolutely to any fan of Doctor Who.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, 27 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Five Doctors [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
This episode is one of those rare occasions where the then current doctor meets his previous selves.This time its Peter Davison(the 5th doctor)meeting with his other selves.Sadly William Hartnell (the 1st doctor)had passed away by the time this was made,so another actor takes his place.He is no Hartnell,but is adequate .Patrick Troughton(the 2nd doctor)and Jon pertwee reprise their roles with aplomb.The Brigadier puts in an appearance and is his usual self.Unfortunately Tom Baker-the 4th,and best doctor-is only in it for 2 minutes,and doesnt get to meet any of his alter egos.He would have made this episode even better.There is very little plot here,but there are some great scenes involving the daleks,the cybermen,the master and of course,the 5 doctors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really should have been the 3 doctors!, 22 May 2005
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Five Doctors [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
No William Hartnell, No Tom Baker (except from footage from the uncompleted episode Shada). But still the man replacing Hartnell does a good job and they definetly fill it in with as many old companions and enemys as possible. Its story may be confusing at times and the special effects dated but still a very enjoyable 90 minuites and its great too see Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Peter Davidson on screen together. Definetly worth getting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Five, 27 April 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Five Doctors [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
This 20th anniversary Doctor Who special is a real treat for fans; Not since 1973's 'The Three Doctors' has the production team brought different incarnations of the Time Lord together, and this one is much better, to boot.
Tom Baker notoriously declined to take part and his Madame Tussaud's waxwork effigy can be seen in publicity shots for this serial. Stock footage from the unfinished 1979 story 'Shada' is used instead, whilst lookalike Richard Hurdnall takes the dead William Hartnell's place as The Doctor's first incarnation. These shenanigans aside, it's great to see Pertwee and Troughton sparring off one another once more, and Peter Davison's youthful Fifth Doctor is clearly enjoying himself too. With a raft of former companions and the presence of The Master as the story's chief villain, this is great fun throughout; forget about any continuity or script flaws, just enjoy it; particularly the awesome scene where the sleek Raston Warrior Robot takes a phalanx of Cybermen apart, one by one.
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