Doctor Who - The Five Doctors (25th Anniversary Edition)
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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors: 25th Anniversary Edition (DVD)
Yes, "The Five Doctors" is the one that gathers together Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker, and Davison, dumps them on some moorland, and lets some of the Doctor's greatest enemies take potshots at them. Except, of course, William Hartnell had passed on by the time this series was made in 1983 (although his replacement Richard Hurndall does an excellent job), and Tom Baker was only featured as a patched-in cameo, apparently prevented from joining in by a temporal thingummy. However, this kind of creakiness comes with the territory and is soon forgotten. The assorted incarnations of the Doctor (together with a scattering of assistants) are drawn together through time and space to battle Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti--those weird androids that keep jumping into the air and disappearing--and many other old foes. They realize that they're on their home planet of Gallifrey and must eventually deal with the legacy of Rassilon, founder of the Time Lords. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!)
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.Read more ›
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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A little startling at first, considering we are well beyond the Five Doctors. And and little 'stagey', but hey, we are Doctor Who fans! Great trip 'back to the future. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2009 by Astrid Taim
The original version of The Five Doctors was the first story I bought on sale video, and I saw it before the normal sequence of Peter Davison stories that were being shown on PBS. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Daniel J. Hamlow
This is one of the greatest Doctor Who adventures ever, if not the best. All five incarnations of the Doctor pitted against the greatest foes in this universe! What's not to love! Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2002 by Steven Hancock
That would seem to be the best explanation of this. 4 of the doctors 5 regeneerations are dropped outside gallifreys main building called the tomb of rassilon to take part in a... Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by Matthew ulmen
This special episode of Doctor Who allows the viewer a capsule look at twenty years of Doctor Who history in the space of 90 minutes. Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by James D. Smith
A beginners guide to Doctor Who. Anyone who has never seen the show, but wants to should see this episode first. It will give you the knowledge you need. Read morePublished on March 24 2002 by Glenn R Bird
The BBC for some unknown reason has always treated Dr. Who rather poorly. With todays technology and talents much could be done to this lucrative franchise yet the episodes seem to... Read morePublished on March 11 2002 by Christopher Page
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