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Doctor Who - The Five Doctors 
5th Anniversary Edition
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Feature-length episode to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the long-running sci-fi series. All five Doctors (Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Richard Hurndall and Tom Baker) and many of their old companions are taken out of time and deposited in the Death Zone on Gallifrey. There they must battle not only the Master, but Daleks, Cybermen and Yeti in order to reach the Dark Tower and discover the Tomb of Rassilon. This special edition includes new special effects and extra footage not included in the original broadcast.
This film is a Doctor Who fan's fantasy come true. This legendary special is a grand one-time-only reunion of the first five Doctors, as well as a reunion of all their most famous friends, foes, and monsters.
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Inclusion of the cybermen was good, if anything for the scenes of them being decimated by the Raston warrior robot and then again by some lasers on a chequered floor.
It is a jolly adventure and you never really feel as though anyone is actually in any danger in the Death Zone, but even so it held my attention and the interplay /dynamics between the doctors had me laughing from time to time.
Apart from the Doctors hardly being together (and when they are, the conversations feel rather awkward) and all of the walking, it's not half bad. I see how it's mainly a nostalgia trip, but the way it's done is really quite good. Richard Hurndall is brilliant as the First Doctor, with only a few differences. It's a shame Tom Baker turned the offer down, it didn't feel quite right without him. It was a nostalgia trip with the Doctor who appeared in a third of the show missing! Ah well, it was fine without him.
So yeah, not close to as brilliant as The Three Doctors, but still pretty damn good! And the 25th Edition is certainly the one to get! I have a feeling The Day of the Doctor will be the best multi-Doctor story/anniversary yet, despite its length!
(Sorry if I make little sense, I'm feeling rather dizzy and tired at the moment. I'll look back at this in embarrassment tomorrow...)
And the extra footage is most welcome, even if it's just an odd line at the start or end of a scene, or Pat and the Brig walking on and on into the distance, or the second squad of Cybermen trying to bomb the TARDIS, it all makes for a rounder story.
What it can't do, of course, is sort out either the occasional duff dialogue or dodgy acting (`No, not the mind probe' is still laughable) or the intrinsic problems of actor-availability that shaped the script.
So we still know that Tom Baker was absent owing to an attack of hubris, that Colin Baker was not playing Maxil as he was about to take over as the Doctor (a disastrous decision for the series as a whole, rather than for the Five Doctors), and that a group of Autons would have been far more effective than Sarah's very poor fall down a very gentle slope.
And that's the problem with the script - it can never really be more than a runaround and some set-pieces, and after that the lack of a few key players like Tom Baker and Frazer Hines does start to knock other bits sideways - we have to have Elizabeth Sladen with Jon, so then Nick Courtney has to be with Pat, and Janet has to be with Richard Hurndall so that the leading lady has something to do, and while the new pairings are interesting, it was Jon and Nick, Tom and Liz, Pat and Frazer that we all paid our money to see.
If (for one) Terrance Dicks could have written the plot and Bob Holmes penned the dialogue it would have been much better too and, of course, if only Graham Harper had been allowed to direct it.
All in all, the 1995 remix does the story great credit, makng it rather darker, but however one polishes the story it's still fairly insubstantial, simply because of a lack of budget, so the hordes of aliens `left over from the games' boil down to a single Dalek, one lost Yeti, an army of hapless Cybermen, and a dancer in a silver leotard. Where are the Sontarans, Autons, Ice Warriors? Why are the only two new frocks on Phillip Latham and Dinah Sherridan?
Not for the first time, BBC Worldwide do a rather better job of producing Dr Who than the programme makers did which, since this was the 20th anniversary, seems a great pity. For all JNT's skill in getting every bit as much out of his budget as he could possibly squeeze, it's still palpably obvious that the BBC should have stumped up a bit more than the usual four episode sum for this celebration.
Just to add that Richard Hurndall does a lovely job of the First Doctor.