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Good, but not even near as good as The Three Doctors,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Five Doctors (25th Anniversary Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
This is a good story. It has a great idea behind it and has the Doctors meet, but it could definitely be better! There's is lots of walking. Lots. The story is pretty straightforward, but I won't spoil that for you. It's a great concept and that alone makes this worth buying, but the title of the story promises something that doesn't really happen. I wanted a solid story with five Doctors (four, excluding Four) journeying across the Death Zone. I knew many fans find this one slightly disappointing, and I can now see why. The Doctors meet for a brief five minutes. They don't exactly need each other except for this mind battle (sort of like the weird Three Doctors one), they're all just shoved in the Death Zone and start wandering towards the Tomb of Rassilon, which is a tower in the middle. Sure, there is quite a bit of random action and some good mystery shoved in there, but it doesn't really feel like anything happened. I think they just needed an excuse to bring the Doctors together and then built it from there, which isn't the way to do it.
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...)