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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 13 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005SH664E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,155 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Doctor Who: The Three Doctors (Story 65) - Special Edition

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I like these additions to the Doctor Who Series. They have additional and background information that makes watching the series more enjoyable.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f55f30c) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
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HASH(0x9f2dfa74) out of 5 stars The best multi-Doctor story! Dec 9 2011
By Chris Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
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Back in 1973, I was one year old. "Doctor Who" was ten. For its anniversary, the powers that be decided that a multi-Doctor story was a great idea, and so "The Three Doctors" was born.

The story focuses on Gallifrey being attacked by some unknown force. The Time Lords, having exiled the Doctor to Earth a few years before, decide to get him involved, but come to the conclusion that just one of him won't be enough. So they send the Second Doctor to Earth to help the Third, while the First gets stuck in a negative space wedgie (this was caused by Hartnell not being in good health at the time), and has to help from a television screen inside the TARDIS. Soon the TARDIS, the Doctor(s), UNIT, Jo Grant and a game warden all find themselves in an alternate dimension where they find someone familiar to all Time Lords...

This is, without a doubt, the best of the multi-Doctor stories. It's not as bloated as "The Five Doctors" and not as weird and overly-long as "The Two Doctors". Plus Pertwee and Troughton are both at the height of their game and do a wonderful job bouncing off each other.

In addition to all the special features from the original release of this disc, you will also get, as reported by a reviewer on Amazon's UK site:

* 'Making-of' documentary
* When Doctor Who Was Uncool documentary
* Episode encoding/authoring errors on original release fixed

So not a tremendous amount of stuff, but still good.

This is a great story, and a great recommendation for any fans of the series.
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HASH(0x9f2dfc9c) out of 5 stars The Three Doctors May 14 2012
By R. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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This 4 part episode arc was made in honor of the tenth anniversary of the series in 1973 during the 3rd Doctor's appearance. A mysterious black hole appears in the universe draining power from the Time Lords who are alerted by the 3rd Doctor played by Jon Pertwee after U.N.I.T. headquarters is attacked by a mysterious anomally trying to track the Time Lord for the long thought as dead Time Lord Omega. The Time Lords, realizing that they need some serious help decide to break their law concerning crossing time lines and enlist the help of the Doctor's previous selves played by an ailing William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton. The story line is fast and easy to follow as Pertwee and Troughton are taken to a place in the black hole that is ruled and controlled by the very thoughts of Omega plans to take his place in the universe by destroying the Time Lords and ruling supreme. The Doctors are joined by Jo Grant, the "Brig" Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and U.N.I.T. Excellent story and one of the best adventures featuring the Doctors, the foot soldier monsters are a little kooky as they look like a mount of bubbled jelly but that doesn't even take away from the action.
I bought this dvd to introduce myself to the previous Doctors having started watching Doctor Who near the end of the Tom Baker years up to Sylvester McCoy and then starting again with Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and now Matt Smith. A lot of people have their favorite Doctor but seeing these first 3 Doctors before Baker is a real treat. I love Hartnell's seriousness and grumpiness, Troughton's clownish demeanor and Pertwee's sophisticated interpretation of the Time Lord. I love how each of them don't think to highly of their other selves as their arrogant personas try to outdo the other but the 1st Doctor puts the other two in their places as he refers to the them as the "Dandy(Pertwee) and the clown(Troughton). This 2 disc edition is loaded with extras like a making of documentary about the 3 Doctors story, the girls of Who talking about sexism in the series, trailers for the special from back in the day, a photo gallery, production notes and audio commentary by Katy Manning(Jo Grant), Nicholas Courtney(the "Brig") and producer Barry Letts. I actually can't wait to buy more dvd's by the first three Doctors and meet the Daleks, Cybermen, Yetis and especially the Master for the first time. Highly recommended and something you can enjoy time and again.
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HASH(0x9f2dfef4) out of 5 stars Excellent May 14 2013
By Derek Donnell - Published on Amazon.com
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The picture is outstanding; the extras are very entertaining,. I have seen these landmark episodes a great many since 1986 when I taped it off the Austin PBS station. A lot of the episodes I had on VHS I have grown tired of but this dvd looks so good that I appreciate the show like new. A worthwhile special edition.
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HASH(0x9f5b824c) out of 5 stars Ah, Classic Who: How I Love Thee Oct. 7 2013
By M. Ruble - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic Who Fans know that there as a certain rivalry between the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee). How much of it was done for the camera we'll likely never know, as they've both passed on, as has the First Doctor (William Hartnell, who's briefly seen here). Done for laughs or actul rivalry, their differences is what makes this one of the better Classic stories. Each is used to being in charge, and as you'd suspect from two aspects of the same person, each has a different plan for solving the problem. How they come to a compromise and defeat the bad guys is part of the fun. A definite must for the Classic Who fan, and recommended for the New Who fan who'd like to get into the Classic Series, but isn't sure where to start. It doesn't require a lot of knowledge about either Doctor to understand what's going on.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f25d228) out of 5 stars Though this is still a great release, if only the picture quality was slightly better, it would've been 5 stars for sure. June 6 2015
By The Whovian - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, do not take my rating of 4 stars to mean there is something lacking in the story. That is not the case. This is my personal favorite multi-Doctor adventure and I believe it always will be that. The four stars comes more from a lack of true upgrading of the picture. It could just be the source but for the special edition I somewhat expected more in the picture quality than was given. Even so, it is still very watchable and, to a degree, just helps take the person back to when the episodes first aired. Like I said though, the "upgraded" quality could just be down to the original source and not being able to work it any better than this.

The special features on this edition is quite impressive. The amount and length of many such features are treats to those who consider themselves true fanatics of the Doctor, myself included. There is an interview with Patrick Troughton, my favorite of the Classic Era Doctors, that is just a treat to see. Even if the interviewer does a terrible job of trying to rush from one subject to the next but that is neither here nor there. There are tidbits from Blue Peter with Jon presenting the Whomobile, a video on the subject defending the "rubbish look" of Doctor Who for those of us who do love the classic era, and several other listings that are all listed on the main Amazon page. The greatest one of these features has to be the commentary by Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts, and greatest of all, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Nicholas Courtney. In all honesty, I haven't listened to the commentary as of the writing of this review but seeing that little feature immediately made this a must-buy item to add to my classics collection.

In regards to episode content, its the first three Doctors joining forces to stop Omega, a Time Lord thought lost ages ago but wound up being stuck in the anti-matter universe being driven insane and unbalanced due to his predicament. In my view, the strongest of the performances was Patrick Troughton in regards to the Doctors. He really just stole every scene he was in and showed both his fun nature as the Doctor but also his deceptive ways, lulling his enemies into a false sense of security or trying to set them off in anger so they showed their weaknesses. Nicholas Courtney's best moment, in my mind, was his walking into the TARDIS for the first time. Previous to this episode, if I am correct in my memory, was the first time he actually went inside and realized the Doctor wasn't just speaking nonsense about the "bigger on the inside" deal.

Overall, if you're a fan of DW, this is a MUST BUY! The main feature, special features, and performances make this one of my favorite episodes of the classic era. One I have watched multiple times. If you're a fan of the new series and looking for something to ease you into the classic era, this may be one of the better choices to start with. You get three Doctors, UNIT, Time Lord society at least in part, Omega as a villain (which the NuWho people may know the name but not the bigger details of his backstory), and a story that could put all of reality in jeopardy. Just watch this one for your own good and see if you agree.


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