Doctor Who (1963)

The Three Doctors, Episode One

Season 10, Ep 1, Aired 12/30/72
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  • Episode Description
  • England, the near future. A strange anti-matter creature arrives on Earth and attacks UNIT HQ. It seems to be specifically seeking the Doctor out – but why?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bob Baker

  • Dave Martin

  • Lennie Mayne

  • Dudley Simpson

  • Jon Pertwee

    Dr. Who

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Ten Years Written by Bob Baker And Dave Martin Directed by Lennie Mayne

    By shawnlunn2002, Jun 07, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Benton: I must say, it's getting so nothing to do with you surprises me anymore. The Third Doctor: Well, thank you for the compliment!

    • Second Doctor: Our fellow Time Lords out there are just as much under siege as we are. When they couldn't send anyone to help you, they did summon up enough temporal energy to lift me out of my bit of our time stream and pop me down here, into my own future, so to speak. Third Doctor: Why? Second Doctor: My dear fellow, you are being a bit dim, aren't you? Your effectiveness is now doubled. Third Doctor: Halved, more like.

    • First Doctor: Have you done anything? Second Doctor: Well, we've... err... assessed the situation. First Doctor: Just as I thought. Nothing.

    • Third Doctor: Well, Sergeant? Aren't you going to say that it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside? Everybody else does. Benton: It's pretty obvious, isn't it?

    • First Doctor: Oh. So you're my replacements... A dandy and a clown.

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    Notes (6)

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Three Doctors by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 11578 3) first published by Tandem in 1975.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Three Doctors (BBCDVD 1144) released in November 2003. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1925) in March 2004. Video: Doctor Who: The Three Doctors (BBCV 4650) released in August 1991. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1100) in September 1992.

    • The TARDIS set was rebuilt for this episode as the one seen in The Time Monster had been damaged. Roger Liminton designed it to more closely resemble the console room seen in the early episodes of the series.

    • This serial originated as a story outline called Deathworld, in which the three Doctors are called on to assist the the Time Lords in a conflict with a Federation of Evil.

    • Clyde Pollit, who plays the Chancellor, was one of the Time Lords in The War Games, Episode 10 -- presumably the same character.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Despite having been working with Doctor since The Invasion, this is the first time we see Sergeant Benton inside the TARDIS.

    • When the Chancellor considers sending a third Doctor to sort out the other two, he requests an image of the "earliest" Doctor. This would seem to establish that the incarnation played by William Hartnell was, in fact, the first Doctor.

    • How does the First Doctor know that the blob is a bridge? Presumably he was briefed by the Time Lords, but even they don't know what's going on.

    • Revealing Mistakes: Several scenes take place in the Doctor's lab with a wall missing. In some shots, it is apparent that the wall is made of white polystyrene.

    • Revealing Mistakes: The faint reflection of the second Doctor can be seen in the time rotor before he appears.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Third Doctor: I am he and he is me. Jo: And we are all together. Goo-goo-goo-joob? Doctors: Huh? Jo: It's a song by the Beatles. Second Doctor: Oh, how does it go? The song is "I Am the Walrus" from the Magical Mystery Tour (1967).

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