Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Special Edition) (Story 130)
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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.
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- 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
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I like both versions included here. The later one is a bit longer, slightly more detailed.
I don't care much for Peter Davison's Doctor, he seems too contemporary, too British. The Doctor should always be a timeless Alien, indefinable and affable.
I honestly think Mr. Tom Baker is the only actor who achieved this quality but of course it's debatable.
I regret he couldn't participate in this story.
A missed opportunity for posterity. It would have been so relevant for Doctor Who history and he would have been loved all the more for it.
What a privileged position to be in.
A beautiful gift indeed for Who fans!
My review is the 25th anniversary edition. Apparently, there were 2 broadcast versions (I only watch the first) and some nice specials. Watching the unedited footage is really neat - I could never be an actor.
Tom Baker does make an appearance, but it appears to me to be nothing more than pre-existing footage that they used, then plot-deviced the Fourth Doctor out of the story. I could be wrong, though. I'm not really that well versed in the classic series. That's just how it appears in the show. I think they also used some stock footage of William Hartnell, as well.
The plot is interesting, taking the Doctors back to Gallifrey, and it's great fun to see multiple versions of the Doctor together. You get to see them deal with Time Lord traps, as well as the standard Dalek and Cybermen. Even the Master hops in for some fun.
For companions, we see Sarah Jane Smith (who probably holds the most draw for me, as a fan of the current Doctor Who series), Susan, and I think the Brigadier from the Second Doctor's time in UNIT, and several more. To be honest, it's quite a daunting list of companions for someone who isn't overly familiar with them all.
It's a two-disc set. The first disc has the original 1983 version, with audio commentary by Carole Ford, Nicholas Courtney, Elisabeth Sladen, and Mark Strickson, as well as what appears to have been a '20th anniversary' special filmed for the episode.
The second disc contains the slightly longer 1995 version (about 11 minutes longer) with audio commentary from Peter Davison and Terrance Dicks (the writer). It also contains a ton of extras that are too numerous to list here.
All in all, even as a fan of the new series just starting to explore the classic series, I loved it. I can easily recommend it to any fan of the series, new or old.
My only disappointment was that the description on the web site (still) indicates that The King's Demons is included - It is NOT. The description comes from the R-2 Euro-release.
That really needs to be fixed.
As for the title feature, I'm happy with it.
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