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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005LMAA
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Format: DVD
The 25th Anniversary edition of the Five Doctors is loaded with extras. There are three different commentaries included on the discs. One with a group of companions'Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), and Mark Strickson (Turlough)'is great fun. The track with Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) and writer Terrence Dicks is a bit drier, and is more focused on the special (though it does point out the various changes and additions). The third commentary is an Easter egg with previous Doctor David Tennant, producer Phil Collinson, and script editor Helen Raynor, talking about what it was like when they saw it for the first time when they were kids. An onscreen text information option provides a lot of background and production information. "The Ties that Bind" is a 30-minute featurette that deals with the way that continuity was worked into the special. There are also a collection of different talk show spots promoting the special. You get a good collection of clips from the show, allowing you to get a better sense of the various Doctor's personalities.
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This Five Dr. special was the best of the Davison era(even though it did not include Tom Baker) Peter Davison, Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton were all in it! Richard Hurnell(I think that's how you spell it) was pretty good, though nothing like William Hartnel. Old compaignions made thier appearance as well, some cameo, some had major parts, though most of them seemed a little naive or silly. Others, like Tegan, were a bit wiser. Turlough did not have much of a part in Dr. Who as a whole. He very seldom showed up in this, except inside the TARDIS.
This special edition included scenes cut out in the original broadcast(originally broadcast in America anyway) As for the special effects, they ruined them all! The original release, had sharper more futuristic images for the Time Scouper and looked much better. This "enhanced" version glossed it over with some kind of computer genorated blurry white thing and it is awful. The TARDIS sequence was replaced with the same, cheapening the effect. What were you thinking, BBC!
However, the storyline is inhanced by the added scenes and adds to the continuity. The Master's role was a bit weak in this story. The Cybermen were [bad]! The Daleks made a small appearence.(and were [bad] as usual!)
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I'm actually going to start with the story itself first. Who fans know it, and I think there's generally some great affection for this. However if you're NOT a Who fan I'm not sure, despite what many speculate, that this is a good introduction. There is a LOT of Doctor Who history which you're assumed to know to understand how the same character is being played by 5 different actors in the same place at the same time (or nowhere in time technically). It is also not representative of the normal stories because of the need for getting all the major characters on the screen. Additionally while the three most classic villains of Doctor Who (The Master, the Daleks, and the Cybermen) are in this (and us Who fans like to see them) they are hardly menacing as when involved in their own plots to gain intergalactic domination. For novices this story was made to celebrate Doctor Who and in many ways succeeds for fans, but I think is not a good introduction for people new to the series, unless of course you have a fan to talk you through it.
For fans though there are some great things. First of all we get to see the different regenerations of the Doctors interract with each other. This is ALWAYS hilarious. While each Doctor had their own manner and sense of humour in dealing with their companions, it's absolutely hilarious to see how much they dislike their other selves.
As noted above the top Who villains make cameos, but not at all satisfying ones. Teh Cybermen and the lone Dalek just aren't threatening without their own specific plans for world domination. The Master is a bit better and has his moments but even he is rather tame in this episode.
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I'm just getting back into Doctor Who courtesy of my three year old daughter who absolutely loves it. The first episode I really remember seeing was the Planet of the Spiders where Pertwee changed into Baker. Consequently, Tom Baker remains my firm favorite because he was really "my" Doctor Who.
There was a fair amount of disappointment with the Five Doctors among my fellow 13 year olds when it came on British TV. Personally, I would have held off production once I learned Tom Baker wasn't available. The stand-in for Hartnell does a fantastic job and the idea of getting the five doctors together is enjoyable. It hails back to the famous Three Doctors episode, where the enemy was a renegade Timelord called Omega, I think.
Utlimately, the entry is pretty weak. Every hallmark monster is thrown into the mix and the doctors crowd on stage cancelling each other out. Add in the side characters and you get a rare mess of a production. Ironically, the best thing I remember about this episode was a completely new creature, a lightening quick android who could throw out darts from the ends of his fingers. As I remember, he gives the Cybermen a run for their money.
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