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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Story 130) (1983)

Peter Davison , Frazer Hines , Pennant Roberts , Peter Moffatt  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Frazer Hines, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Richard Hurndall
  • Directors: Pennant Roberts, Peter Moffatt
  • Writers: Douglas Adams, Eric Saward, Terrance Dicks
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Video / Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LMAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Story 130)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Special Edition version featuring extended scenes, sequences not broadcast, new visual effects, stereo soundtrack
  • Remixed in full 6-channel Dolby Digital 5.1 format
  • 33 minutes of soundtrack music
  • Who's who

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THE FIVE DOCTORS - "I am being diminished, whittled away piece by piece. A man is the sum of his memories you know, a Time Lord even more so." Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space, placing in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its center. As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, fighting Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti - and a devious Time Lord Traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon, the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey.The Five Doctors was originally broadcast to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of Doctor Who in 1983. This new version of the story features extended scenes, previously unseen sequences, new visual effects and a stereo soundtrack. Not intended as a replacement for the original edition of the story, this is an alternative version which uses state-of-the-art technology to embellish and enlarge one of the greatest Doctor Who adventures ever.
THE KING'S DEMONS - "We sing in praise of total war; against the Saracen we abhor" It is thirteenth century England, and King John is visiting the castle stronghold of Sir Ranulf Fitzwilliam. Ranulf's personal fortune has dwindled away, freely donated to Kin John to help fund the Crusade. While staying with Ranulf, the King's greed is criticized by the baron's head-strong son, Hugh. As a result, Hugh is challenged to a duel by the monarch's enigmatic French Knight-at-Arms, Sir Giles Estram, a duel the young Englishman has little hope of surviving.When the TARDIS materializes and disturbs the joust, the Doctor's party are proclaimed friendly demons by the King, who seems strangely interested in their "blue engine." Before long the Doctor becomes embroiled in court politics, and he realizes that there is far more to the situation than a simple battle of honor between nobles.

DVD Features:
Deleted Scenes
Music Only Track


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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I love this special....and I am torn whether or not I want to buy it again, while I struggle to replace all the DW I lost to Katrina ( I was converting to DVD anyway), but don't I already own this one on DVD...if this were Blue-Ray, I'd atleast be able to justify it...granted there are lots of extras I would like to see...but I not sure...but if u don't have it already...and I can't stress this enough..."YOU NEED THIS DVD!"

If you are just learning your way around the Doctor Who universe this is a milestone for you, the 5th Doctor teaming up with his past selves, how cool is that...and surprisingly obvious, he is a timetraver, a long lived one at that, even with the whole universe at his disposal he must meet himself now and again. Well, according to the Doctor it only happens in the direst of times...with the Timelords help, as in the THREE DOCTORS.
Here the Doctor is taken out of time at points in his LIVES, featuring oddly enough 3 original actors playing their respective Doctors, the First Doctor played here by another actor and the 4th Doctor is sparingly taken from the unaired Shada episode (by Douglas Adams). The Doctor is taken out of time to play the GAME OF RASSILON in the Timelord DEATH ZONE facing old enemies like THE CYBERMEN, THE DALEKS, YETI, THE MASTER, who is actually meant to be rescuing the Doctor. Also along for the ride lots of classic companions including the Doctor's first companion SUSAN "FOREMAN", fan fav SARAH JANE SMITH along with a K9 cameo, UNIT'S Finest the Brigadier , cameos by Jamie and Zoey (sort of). Tegan and Turlough are the 5th Doctor's current companions to they help out, but strangely absent is robot shape-shifter Kamelion, who isn't mentioned in the story, by timeline wise is in the TARDIS.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD set! August 8, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Five Doctors 25th Anniversary edition of The Five Doctors is a big improvement over the first Five Doctors DVD that was released way back in Sep 2001. This set contains both the orginal 1983 cut and the 1995 version. And has some very cool special features such as a nice documentry on the 20th Anniversary year hosted by Colin Baker. A very well done DVD set. As for the story I always thought it was ok.I do wish that Tom Baker agreed to apear in the story.My dad has always called it The 4 Doctors rather then 5. I can imagine alot of American fans was disapointed because for many Americans at the time Tom Baker was Doctor Who. Owell. Yeah I can see why he passed on doing it as he just left the roll and wanted to move on to other things. Owell.Anyways this is a very nice DVD set from The BBC.Looking forward to more Doctor Who DVD's in the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy as Pi February 21, 2003
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful story to launch the Doctor Who DVD line. The updated "Special Edition" of "The Five Doctors" (produced in 1995 with extended scenes, scenes never broadcast in the original transmission, and updated special effects) deserves to be on DVD and this is a fine presentation.
The story itself is classic Doctor Who. It is a showcase for the series's 20th Anniversary. It features the First Doctor and Susan, the Second Doctor and the Brigadier, the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, the Fourth Doctor and Romana II (sort of), the Fifth Doctor with Tegan and Turlough, plus Jamie and Zoe, Mike Yates and Liz Shaw, a Dalek, a Yeti, a squad of Cybermen, a Raston Warrior Robot, Bessie, K-9, Time Lords and The Master. The story is kind of silly, but with all of these characters and monsters thrown in, who really cares about the story?
The DVD itself offers the 90-minute story, the sound mixed in Dolby 5.1, 33 minutes of isolated music score, and if you live in North America, an absolutely hilarious and extremely entertaining commentary track featuring Peter Davison and Terrence Dicks.
I rate this 4 stars because there is a lack of extra features, compared to subsequent Doctor Who DVD releases and, well, The Five Doctors will never be considered the best of the best of Doctor Who, but still a highly recommended treat for the digitally obsessed Doctor Who fan.
Also, this will be a great introduction to the series to non-fans.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't quite the same without Tom Baker December 11, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
The 5 Doctors is living proof of why actors and studios need to coordinate their schedules to make sure that imporant characters are included in a storyline. Over all, the 5 Doctors was a good, solid story - not outstanding, not superb, but fun to watch. I admit, I loved the beginning with the black obelisk "doing its thing" (I hate divulging plots) and the Death Zone was a wonderful idea. However, to do everyone justice, this probably should have been, at minimum, a 5-parter (but then, the BBC hasn't done one of those since the Pertwee days and didn't seem interested in making an exception for something as momentous as the 20th Anniversary of Doctor Who - I digress).
It wasn't the same without Tom Baker. I mean, just imagine, how would Baker have interacted with Pertwee? Or, just for the sake of argument, would Baker and Peter Davison had the same chemistry as did Pertwee/Troughton? Ah, what it could have been.
One good thing, however, was to see Pertwee finally have his episode with the Cybermen. It was a shame that he never had one during his tenure in the early 70s and it was good to finally see that tragedy remedied.
Overall, good fun, good reunion, and despite what other people might say, the ending was not completely lame . . . well, perhaps just a little lame.
One last thing, the person who decided to insert the clip with William Hartnell at the very beginning should be commended. His introduction (excerpted, I believe, from the Dalek Invasion of Earth) set the proper tone for the 20th Anniversary show and paid great homage to the who who started it all.
Hope you enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - The Five Doctors
A really excellent DR Who episode with only 4 Doctor as Tom Baker was arrogant and didn't act in this one, they cut and past Shada episode in this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who
This has got to be one of the all-time best Dr. Who episodes every filmed. Love the plot, set pieces, and all the enemies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked properly without errors.
This worked well running from a DVD player or computer CD drive.
Enjoy watching this episode with all the familiar characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kent Yee
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun
We went to the 50th anniversary at the theater and loved it. My grandsons and I decided we needed to see the 25th anniversary specials also. Fun and interesting.
Published 5 months ago by okiedan
5.0 out of 5 stars The episode was just great and I like how The Master was going to help...
Now I'M not going to be a walking spoiler alert anymore. Let's just say that it's got Cybermen, Daleks, The Master, some robot that can kill Cybermen, Captain Mike Yates, Liz Shaw,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marina Voytko
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be called the four doctors and some fotage of another
this story is ok it could of been better if tom baker had actually been in it. Kinda hoped for more but hey it was the 80s
Published 5 months ago by Jon Heggy
4.0 out of 5 stars The first five Doctors
Curiosity drew me to this film, having come into the Dr Who genre late and never having seen the first eight doctors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carole L. Presberg
4.0 out of 5 stars The Five Doctors
This is also a gift for my brother-in-law, a long-time Whovian. The DVD arrived in good shape, and I'm sure he'll love it. Of course, I must watch it first ... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beammeuplori
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It is interesting to watch the older episodes and movies after getting hooked on the modern version of Doctor Who.
Published 6 months ago by MaxxManic
3.0 out of 5 stars well technically, The 3 1/2 Doctors.
at the appropriate time (a month and a half or so ago at this writing), i wrote a review of the Doctor(s)'s 50th anniversary adventure DAY OF THE DOCTOR. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jude pepper
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