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on 8 June 2017
very good
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on 8 July 2014
in box-set with vintage Bessie car model.
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on 22 May 2012
An Excellent story such a shame William Hartnell didn't play a bigger part, but he was very ill at the time.

Omega was played well, even if at first it seems a little over the top.

I love the inter play between Pertwee and Houghton.
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on 17 April 2017
Just wondered what it would look like on dvd.
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on 2 December 2003
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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on 26 April 2008
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. In fact, he turns out to be the linchpin for the story's resolution and it remains a fitting epitaph for the original 'Doctor'.
In the third episode we see the UNIT HQ transported to Omega's world, along with The Brigadier, Benton and The Second Doctor. The Third Doctor pits his wits against the renegade Timelord but there is a lot of filler in this episode - fortunately Jo's shapely legs help to sustain interest throughout...The unnamed, 'jelly-like' creatures who serve Omega, chase our heroes down lots of globule-encrusted corridors whilst Doctors Two and Three squabble in humorous fashion before uniting against Omega. The episode ends in slightly hallucinogenic fashion, with The Third Doctor slow-mo battling Omega's 'dark side' in the form of a hideous gremlin. This prompts the watching Timelords, in the final episode, to send The First Doctor into the black hole to help his future selves.
Overall the production qualities of this anniversary story befit its status. Apart from the feebly realised 'jelly monsters' the effects, locations and cast are all top-notch. Plot holes are excusable as it is a celebratory story after all, and I'm sure that the cast and crew had no idea of the programme's colourful future...
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on 17 July 2006
great to see both william hartnell and patrick troughton playing their old characters(or is it character?) in a 10 year anniversary of doctor who.

the plot chosen for this is quite good, but seeing troughton and jon pertwee together is a real treat. U.N.I.T are on hand as always to give their support.

a shame that william hartnell had to film his scenes before everyone else; sadly, by this time he was very sick and this programme marked his last acting job. he still acts very well.

the only down side as far as i can see, is that no previous companions make an appearance; it would have been great to see the likes of susan, ian, polly, jamie and zoe etc.

still, a well made story to celebrate 10 years of a true science fiction classic.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 February 2014
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 ...

The idea of three Doctors in one show works superbly, Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton playing off each other expertly and William Hartnell appearing like a wise genie to steer them in the right direction. When the party's over (as William Hartnell's Doctor says) everyone goes home after a thoroughly good time and the Doctor gets a surprise from the Time Lords - just what he's always wanted!

Five shiny silver stars to `The Three Doctors', enjoy it with a smile on your face then watch it again with the sparkling commentary and laugh with Katy Manning and Nicholas Courtney as they open a party bag of anecdotes and happy memories; when Katy Manning provides voiceovers for the orange jelly monsters the joy is complete. 5*
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on 3 September 2003
Back in the seventies, it was still a novelty to have the Doctor regenerate into a new form when the actor portraying him moved on. It allowed for the series' logevity. So as a tenth anniversary episode, it made sense to unite all the forms of the Doctor in a special story and this succeeds on many levels. The story is well crafted and at four episodes long, moves along nicely, which was often a problem with the Pertwee era stories. The usual supporting cast are not left in the shadows of the other Doctors. I would say the only thing I found sad about this episode was the lack of screen time on William Hartnell's part, due to his illness at the time. It would have been nice to see him go at it more with Pertwee and Patrick Troughton. A definite addition to the Doctor Who collection. One of the must haves.
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on 9 October 2013
I think that one of my favourite aspects of this is that it's often very funny, and honestly so - not laughing up its sleeve or sending itself up, or treating the audience as too thick to understand the jokes, just funny, and that's good. It's perfectly possible to play something dead straight and still raise a laugh.

It's also very intelligently written - the Bristol Boys were seldom short of ideas - black holes were topical in 1973, meaning astrophysics was being talked about. 'Super luminescent emissions' wasn't too far from the Zeitgeist. It's good that the fairly daft piece of Deus ex Machina that the story hangs on isn't too implausible, and the Time Lord idea was overdue for development.

These are not quite the indifferent gods of War Games, and if not quite the the cynical politicals of Deadly Assassin, they are on their way there - I wouldn't trust Clyde Pollitt's Chancellor as far as the end of the street, never mind to the end of a light beam (he was at the trial in the War Games, and has presumably been promoted). Graham Leaman was previously a Time Lord in Colony in Space, and Barry Letts has confirmed that the two are playing the same characters (lending greater weight to the idea that Bernard Horsfall's character in War Games is Goth).

It's a pity about Bill Hartnell, and I'd like to know what his part might have been had his wife not phoned Barry Letts with the words, 'What do you think you're doing? He's ill, dammit!', but it's good that he's in it, though time had clearly not been kind to the poor man since 1966.

Mr Troughton is clearly having fun, somewhat (I suspect) at Jon Pertwee's expense - after all, Dr Who wasn't Patrick's show anymore, so he could get on with enjoying himself and (I further suspect) flirting with Katy Manning.

Stephen Thorne is on very fine furniture-chewing form as Omega; there is always a temptation for actors in masks to over play their role, and Mr Thorne does, but it works, making Omega all the odder - of course, he's been stuck in a black hole for millennia, his social skills are under-exercised. And *three* Doctors demand a BIG villain. The moment that he takes his mask off revealing nothing beneath is beautifully handled. Amid all the bluster, he's really quite moving.

And, as mentioned above, it's clever; the weather balloon, the picture, the blob, the gel guards, UNIT HQ zooming off into goodness knows where, and Corporal Palmer staring in disbelief - great cliffhanger.

Omega World is, admittedly, a quarry, but Lennie Mayne does his best with it - the weird camera angles are effective - and if Omega's palace lacks the impressive exterior of T. Dicks' novel, well, it's a shame, but there we are.

And it's also a lovely story for UNIT, and especially the Brigadier, who gets all the best comedy moments; there's a distinct sense of the military mind under such assault that it's close to breaking down - it doesn't of course, because Lethbridge-Stewart is such a professional soldier that he can even rationalise the TARDIS as a massive waste of UNIT money. Meanwhile Benton gets all the Jamie stuff to do, because Fraser Hines was stuck in Emmerdale.
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