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The Five Doctors 

The Doctor and his previous incarnations are brought to the Death Zone on his homeworld Gallifrey as part of a renegade Time Lord's scheme.


Peter Moffatt, John Nathan-Turner (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Jon Pertwee ... The Doctor
Patrick Troughton ... The Doctor
Richard Hurndall ... The Doctor
Tom Baker ... The Doctor (archive footage)
William Hartnell ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Mark Strickson ... Turlough
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Nicholas Courtney ... Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
Anthony Ainley ... The Master
Philip Latham ... Borusa
Lalla Ward ... Romana (archive footage)
Dinah Sheridan ... Chancellor Flavia


In this feature-length twentieth anniversary special in the classic science fiction-fantasy series, someone uses a time scoop to lift all five incarnations of the heroic Time Lord known as the Doctor out of their respective time streams. The elderly, first Doctor is taken out of Wimbledon Garden. The Beatle-haired, Chaplainesque, second Doctor is removed from the grounds of UNIT H.Q.. The dashing, dandy, white-haired, James Bond-like third Doctor is scooped off of Earth in his Edwardian speedster car, Bessie. The curly-haired, tall, long-scarfed fourth Doctor is lifted out of a punt on the river Cambridge and trapped in a time vortex. And the youthful, striped-panted fifth Doctor must find all of his former selves and return them to their proper time streams, or face disintegration into the time vortex in which his fourth incarnation is trapped. Having abducted each of the Doctors, the mysterious agent responsible for this transgression of the First Law of Time, positions four of the ... Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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Release Date:

23 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In April 2013, Carole Ann Ford revealed the producers had initially insisted that Susan not refer to the Doctor as her grandfather: "You will not believe why. They said, 'We don't really want people to perceive him as having had sex with someone, to father a child.' I just screamed with hysterical laughter and said, 'In that case, I'm not doing it.'" The script was changed to include mentions of the characters' relationship. See more »


When Sarah Jane Smith says to the Fifth Doctor, "It was really nice meeting you," it is the Third Doctor who responds, "Thank you, Sarah Jane. Nice meeting you, too," suggesting he was picked up from his time line before meeting her in The Time Warrior, while still recognizing her on sight earlier. His "I'll explain later," comment is a "hanging a lantern" on the Doctors' continuity errors of memory without having to actually explain them. While that can explain the Doctors' recall of what should be future events, it wouldn't explain the Brigadier's. Or he was just having a little fun confusing her by answering on behalf of his future self. See more »


First Doctor: As it happens, I am the Doctor. The original, you might say!
Tegan: But you shouldn't be here at the same time, with him.
First Doctor: Certainly not.
Fifth Doctor: It only happens in the gravest emergencies.
First Doctor: Like now.
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Alternate Versions

Another version was the same as 90-minute story, but cut into four 25-minute episodes for the series' syndication package. The three extra sets of opening and closing credits and reprised "cliffhanger" footage account for the different total running times. See more »


Referenced in Jon Pertwee at Panopticon (2003) See more »


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The Second Doctor Was Great
23 June 2003 | by IrelanderSee all my reviews

Breaking the Timelords first law of time... five doctors in a deadly game...

This was a fun thing to watch, as a fan of the 2nd and 4th Docs I was gutted that Tom Backer turn the show down.

The Late and Great Patick Troughton was Great, it was like he never left the role as The Doctor...

I'd also note that the other Doctors do good jobs in this Classic tale. They ensure you are having a fun watch from start to finish.

With all the old baddies and a lot of the doctor's old sidekicks, this is a must see for all and any Doctor Who Fans.

Enjoy The Show.

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