Doctor Who (1963)

The Five Doctors

Season 20, Ep 23, Aired 11/25/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Gallifrey, planet of the Time Lords. The Death Zone, where the ancient Gallifreyans once staged gladiatorial games between alien races from throughout the universe, has been reactivated. No less than three of the Doctor's former incarnations and several of his companions are brought here. But why? And who is the Player in the Game of Rassilon?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Terrance Dicks

  • Peter Moffatt

  • Janet Fielding


  • Mark Strickson


  • Peter Davison

    The Doctor

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • celebrating 20 years of a classic show with an overstuffed hodgepodge

    By cybercontroller, Oct 06, 2006

  • Diminished Written by Terrence Dicks Directed by Peter Moffatt

    By shawnlunn2002, Dec 23, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Fifth Doctor: I am definitely not the man I was. Thank goodness…

    • Sarah Jane[ to the Fifth Doctor ]: Goodbye. It was really nice meeting you. Third Doctor: Thank you, Sarah Jane. It's nice meeting you, too.

    • Brigadier: Goodbye, Doctor. Fifth Doctor: Goodbye. Brigadier: …Doctors. Third Doctor: Goodbye, Brigadier. Brigadier: Splendid fellows. All of you.

    • Second Doctor: Goodbye… fancypants! Third Doctor: Scarecrow!

    • First Doctor [ to the Fifth Doctor ]: Goodbye, my boy. You did quite well, quite well. It's reassuring to know my future is in good hands.

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    Notes (19)

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who - The Five Doctors by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 19510 8) first published by W H Allen in 1983.

    • Borusa is eventually freed from Rassilon's trap in the Doctor Who spin-off novels Blood Harvest and The Eight Doctors.

    • The scene where the Fourth Doctor and Romana are punting in a boat down a river before the Time Scoop kidnaps them is an excerpt from a scene in the unfinished and unaired Shada. In the original footage, when the Doctor loses the punt and overbalances on the boat he falls into the water, but this scene is altered to show the Time Scoop effect instead.

    • A brand-new TARDIS control console and interior set is created for this episode. It is last seen in Battlefield, Part One.

    • Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and K9 (voiced by John Leeson) appear next in the 2006 episode, School Reunion.

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    Trivia (16)

    • When he meets Colonel Crichton, the second Doctor claims his replacement was a disappointment. This refers to the contentious relationship the two incarnations had in The Three Doctors.

    • Plot Hole: Borusa commands the companions to stay still. They do — except for the Brigadier, who turns his head to watch Borusa as he moves across the room.

    • Plot Hole: When the Cybermen arrived in the entrance hall, they look right at the Doctor and Tegan but apparently ignore them.

    • Revealing Mistake: After the Raston Warrior Robot has destroyed all the Cybermen, it disappears. When it does so, several of the dead Cybermen shift their position.

    • When the Master is transmatted into the Death Zone he is wearing only his black suit with the embroidered collar. When next seen in the Death Zone he is now wearing a cloak over his clothes. Where did he get it?

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