The Five Doctors
 

No. 2 of 174 in the BBC classic series DVDs series
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Starring: Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee & Richard Hurndall
By:Terrance Dicks
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Editions:  UK UK (standard DVD) | Australia Australia (standard DVD) | US US (standard DVD) | UK UK (deluxe DVD) | Netherlands Netherlands (DVD) | Australia Australia (deluxe DVD) | US US (deluxe DVD) | Germany Germany (DVD)

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Edition: UK UK (standard DVD)
When:  November 1999
Format: 1 x DVD
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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 Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti, the Master... and a devious Time Lord traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions in order to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon, the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey.

The Five Doctors was originally broadcast on 25 November 1983, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Doctor Who. This new version of the story features extended scenes, previously unseen sequences, new visual effects and a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. Not intended to replace the original edition of this story, this is an alternative version which uses state-of-the-art technology to embellish and enlarge one of the greatest Doctor Who stories ever.

Special features:

  • Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
  • Music-only option

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Edition: Australia Australia (standard DVD)
When:  October 2000
Format: 1 x DVD
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Note:  See note above for the UK edition — despite this saying "Special Edition" on the cover, this is a bare-bones DVD and not to be confused with the 25th Anniversary Edition released in 2008, which really was a "special" edition (from a DVD point of view).

Cover blurb:
"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 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 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 to replace the original edition of this 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...

Extra feature: Bonus — 8 music tracks

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Edition: US US (standard DVD)
When:  September 2001
Format: 1 x DVD
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  • Contains two additional features not present on the UK or Australian releases — firstly, an audio commentary track by Peter Davison and Terrance Dicks; also "Who's Who", which contains short biographies for each of the main cast.
  • See note above for the UK edition — despite this saying "Special Edition" on the cover, this is a bare-bones DVD and not to be confused with the 25th Anniversary Edition released in 2008, which really was a "special" edition (from a DVD point of view).

Cover blurb:
"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 them in a vast wilderness — a battle arena with a sinister tower at its center. As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they determine that 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 a 90-minute special feature created in 1983 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Doctor Who. The Special Edition of the story, created in 1995, features extended scenes, previously unseen sequences, new visual effects and a stereo soundtrack. For DVD, the sounds has been remixed in full six-channel Dolby Digital 5.1 format. 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...

DVD extras include:

  • Commentary by Peter Davison and writer Terrance Dicks
  • 33 minutes of soundtrack music
  • Who's Who

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Edition: UK UK (deluxe DVD)
When:  March 2008
Format: 2 x DVD
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Note:  2 disc "25th Anniversary edition" with additional remastering/restoration and many added extras compared to the original release, including the Peter Davison/Terrance Dicks commentary which was previously available on the original US release only.

Cover blurb:
The Doctor's past incarnations are being snatched out of time and transported to the Death Zone on Gallifrey, where they are reunited with some old friends and pitted against their deadliest enemies in the Game of Rassilon. Someone is manipulating the Doctor and his companions in order to claim the most ancient and powerful secret of the Time Lords... but can they survive the challenges and uncover the traitor before it is too late?

This 25th Anniversary DVD set contains the original 1983 TV version of The Five Doctors, plus the Special Edition from 1995 featuring new effects and extended scenes

Special Features

  • Commentary on TV version by Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) and Mark Strickson (Turlough)
  • Commentary on Special Edition by Peter Davison (The Doctor) and Terrance Dicks (Writer)
  • 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
  • Five Doctors, One Studio A studio recording of the only occasion when all the Doctors were together on set
  • (Not So) Special Effects A look at a typical day's work for the visual FX crew on Doctor Who
  • Publicity Clips The actors publicise The Five Doctors on Saturday Superstore, Blue Peter, Nationwide and Breakfast Time
  • 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
  • Radio Times Billings (DVD-ROM PC / Mac)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
  • Special hidden feature on Disc One

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Edition: Netherlands Netherlands (DVD)
When:  May 2008
Format: 1 x DVD
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Edition: Australia Australia (deluxe DVD)
When:  May 2008
Format: 2 x DVD
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Edition: US US (deluxe DVD)
When:  August 2008
Format: 2 x DVD
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The Doctor's past incarnations are being snatched out of time and transported to the Death Zone on Gallifrey, where they are reuinted with some old friends and pitted against their deadliest enemies in the Game of Rassilon. Someone is manipulating the Doctor and his companions in order to claim the most ancient and powerful secret of the Time Lords, but can they survive the challenges and uncover the traitor before it's too late?

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

Disc 1:

  • Audio commentary by Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) and Mark Strickson (Turlough)
  • Celebration A look back at Doctor Who's 20th anniversary celebration in 1983 (52 mins)
  • Trails and continuities (19 mins)
  • Photo gallery (8 mins)
  • Special hidden feature

Disc 2:

  • Audio Commentary by Peter Davison (the Doctor) and writer Terrance Dicks
  • The Ties That Bind Us Documentary examining the links to the show's past and future in "The Five Doctors" (26 mins)
  • Five Doctors, One Studio A studio recording of the only occasion when all of the Doctors were together on set (18 mins)
  • Outtakes (6 mins)
  • (Not So) Special Effects A look at a typical day's work for the visual FX crew on Doctor Who (9 mins)
  • Publicity clips From Saturday Superstore, Blue Peter, Nationwide and Breakfast Time (29 mins)
  • Easter Egg
  • Isolated music track on both versions
  • DVD-ROM feature: Radio Times listings
  • Production Notes Subtitle Option
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted November 25, 1983

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Edition: Germany Germany (DVD)
Title:  Die Fünf Doktoren
When:  August 2015
Publisher:  Pandastorm
Format: 2 x DVD
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Note:  Region 0 disc. Will include the following:

  • TV version in English (90 min)
  • TV version in German (including German subtitles for the scenes edited out in Germany) (90 min)
  • Three-part version in German (cut version, as shown on German TV) (75 min)
  • Special Edition in English (100 min)
  • Special Edition in German (including German subtitles for the scenes without German dub) (100 min)
  • Plus the same bonus material as the UK 25th anniversary edition, with German or English subtitles throughout

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