The Five Doctors / The King's Demons
 

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Starring: Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee & Janet Fielding
By:Terence Dudley & Terrance Dicks
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Editions:  UK UK (VHS) | US US (VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS)
Note:This box set contains The Five Doctors "Special Edition", which in the vein of the Star Wars special editions, contains additional scenes and new special effects which were not part of the original 1983 broadcast. The broadcast version of The Five Doctors had been released by itself several years previously.

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Edition: UK UK (VHS)
Released:  November 1995
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Packaged with collector's postcard album.

Cover blurb:
Two Doctor Who stories in one special box set.

The Five Doctors:
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. Originally transmitted 25th November 1983.

The King's Demons:
It is 13th Century England and King John is visiting the castle stronghold of Sir Ranulf Fitzwilliam. Ranulf's personal fortune has dwindled away, freely donated to King John to help fund the Crusade.

When the TARDIS materialises and disturbs a jousting duel, 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 realises that there is far more to the situation than a simple battle of honour between nobles.

Ranulf's cousin, Sir Geoffrey de Lacey, arrives at the castle and is astonished to find the King present. He has just left His Majesty in London preparing to sign Magna Carta, a document that will shape the future of democracy in the western world. The Doctor learns that neither the King nor Sir Giles Estram are exactly who they claim, and that their true identities invlove a battle-ravaged alien planet light-years away, and one of the Doctor's oldest and deadliest enemies...

Originally transmitted 15th - 16th March 1983.

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Edition: US US (VHS)
Released:  February 1997
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x VHS NTSC
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Cover blurb:
The Five Doctors — Collector's Edition
"I am being diminished, whittled away piece by piece. A man in the sum of his memories you know, a Time Lord doubly 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 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 King 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 Gilles 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.

Cover image for The Five Doctors / The King's Demons
Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
Released:  July 1997
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Includes pack of Doctor Who playing cards.

Cover blurb:
This limited edition box set contains an uncut collector's edition of the [sic] Five Doctors with 10 minutes of previously untransmitted material and specially created soundtrack in Dolby Surround, the two part Peter Davison story, The King's Demons and an exclusive deck of Doctor Who Playing Cards.


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