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Doctor Who (1983) - The Five Doctors: 25th Anniversary Edition (2 Disc Set)

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Doctor Who (1983) - The Five Doctors: 25th Anniversary Edition (2 Disc Set)


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"A Worthy Tribute"
4 stars"
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To celebrate 20 years, this episode was made, under the premise that all five Doctors would feature.

As it turned out, with the first actor to play the Doctor (William Hartnell) being dead at the time, he was in need of a replacement. Secondly, Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, refused to take part, so he was explained away using some footage from an unseen episode called Shada. I wish I could have said he was “cunningly written out” – but I can't. It was quite lame.

Overall a good storyline, and a nice smattering of former companions and well-established villians return for this one. One thing I have yet to work out is why this is the 25th Anniversary edition – because it was screened in 1983, 20 years after the original episode in 1963.

Two discs in this one, the first contains the episode as it was shown in 1983, plus some bonus features, the second contains a version that was upgraded with better effects in 1995, as well as more bonus features, and a rather pathetic easter egg.

For concept alone however, one of the best of it's time.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"great show"
5 stars"
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One doctor is great but five is even better. This DVD has all the greats and the master. The only thing i didn’t like was that they only used old footage of tom baker because he did not want to be in the five doctors.

Apart from that it is a great show and well worth it to buy it and watch it.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Featuring the first five incarnations of the famed Time Lord.

"The story - broadcast to celebrate the-then 20th anniversary of Doctor Who in 1983 - brings five incarnations of the Doctor together. Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Peter Davison return to their roles, while Richard Hurndall steps in for William Hartnell, and archive footage of Tom Baker is used to cover his decision not to take part in the story.

This double-disc extravaganza is packed with extras, including a very special hidden feature, along with The Five Doctors episode that was originally broadcast to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of Doctor Who, plus the Special Edition with extended scenes, new visual effects and a stereo soundtrack. This story is unique as it reunites all of the first five Doctors, friends and foes.

Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space, placing them in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its centre. As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, fighting an array of enemies including the Cybermen and a Dalek! But does the Dark Tower in Gallifrey hold one final deadly secret?

Special features include:

# Commentary on TV version by cast and crew
# Celebration: A look back at Doctor Who's 20th anniversary celebrations in 1983
# The Ties That Bind Us: A documentary examining the links to the show's past and future
# One Studio: A studio recording of the only occasion when all of the Doctors were together on set
# Out-takes, Bloopers and gaffes from the making of the story
# (Not So) Special Effects: A look at a typical day's work for the visual FX crew
# Publicity Clips: The actors publicise The Five Doctors
# Trails and Continuities: BBC1 trailers and continuity announcements from the story's original transmission
# Isolated Music: The score for both versions is available on a separate music track
# Easter Egg: A special hidden feature on Disc 1
Release date Australia
June 5th, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Length (Minutes)
  • Sci-Fi
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