The Five Doctors
 

No. 5 of 144 in the BBC classic series videos series
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Starring: Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton & Jon Pertwee
By:Terrance Dicks
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Editions:  UK UK (edited) | Australia Australia | US US | UK UK (unedited)
Note:This is the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors (though with some edits — see below). Several years later, The Five Doctors: Special Edition was released (in a box set with The King's Demons) which included new CGI special effects and deleted scenes.

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Edition: UK UK (edited)
When:  September 1985
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Contains approx. 2 minutes of edits. Released on VHS and Betamax.

Cover blurb:
The world's longest running science-fiction series celebrated its 20th anniversary with this special special feature-length story. A glorious reunion of all five doctors and many of their companions and infamous enemies.

A place of ancient evil once feared throughout the universe — the Death Zone on Gallifrey. Abandoned for two centuries it is now re-activated by someone who dares to play the deadly Game of Rassilon once more.

The first five incarnations of the Doctor have been snatched from their Time-Streams; the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) is trapped in the Time/Space Vortex, and the remaining Doctors, aided by old friends and companions, must cross the Death Zone and reach the secret Tomb of Rassilon to discover the final secret of the first Time Lord President before all the Doctors are pulled into the Vortex forever. But old adversaries are also active in the Death Zone — a Dalek, a Yeti, a deadly Raston Warrior Robot, a troop of Cybermen and the evil renegade Time Lord known as The Master all stand between the Doctors and their goal...

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Edition: Australia Australia
When:  May 1988
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Contains approx. 2 minutes of edits.

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Same as UK edition.

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Edition: US US
When:  March 1989
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Note:  Contains approx. 2 minutes of edits.

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The Doctor no longer exists!

Doctor Who, and all of his regenerations, have been taken out of time and placed into the Death Zone.

In the words of the Doctor's best enemy, The Master, "A cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about". And it is up to the evil Master himself to rescue The Five Doctors and save their home world of Gallifrey!

The Five Doctors is a grand one-time-only union of the first Five Doctors, as well as a reunion of all their most famous friends, foes and monsters. Originally created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Doctor Who in 1983, this now legendary 90-minute special is both an ideal introduction to broadcast history's longest-running science fiction series, and a fan's fantasy come true!

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Edition: UK UK (unedited)
When:  July 1990
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  This "unabridged" version is the original transmitted version of the story, without the edits present in the earlier releases. Not to be confused with The Five Doctors: Special Edition.

Cover blurb:
The world's longest-running science-fiction series celebrated its 20th anniversary with this special feature-length story — a glorious reunion of all five Doctors and many of their infamous enemies and companions.

A place of ancient evil feared throughout the universe — the Death Zone on Gallifrey. Abandoned for centuries it is now re-activated by someone who dares to play the deadly game of Rassilon once again.

The first five incarnations of the Doctor have been snatched from their Time-Streams; the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) is trapped in the Time/Space Vortex and the others, aided by old friends, must cross the Death Zone, reach the Tomb of Rassilon and discover the final secret of the first Time Lord President... before all the Doctors are pulled into the vortex forever.

But old adversaries are also active in the Death Zone — a Dalek, a Yeti, a deadly Raston Warrior Robot, a troop of Cybermen and the evil renegade Time Lord known as the Master. They all stand between the Doctors and their goal...

Originally transmitted 25th November 1983.



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