Doctor Who (1963)

Season 22 Episode 7

The Two Doctors, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Feb 16, 1985 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The alien space station J7, the mid-1980s Earth time. The Time Lords have sent the second Doctor and Jamie here to try to stop dangerous experiments into time travel. But the station comes under attack from the Sontarans, and far away in space and time the sixth Doctor goes into psychic shock…moreless

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    Laurence Payne

    Laurence Payne

    Computer Voice [uncredited]/Dastari

    Guest Star

    Nicholas Fawcett

    Nicholas Fawcett


    Guest Star

    Tim Raynham

    Tim Raynham


    Guest Star

    Patrick Troughton

    Patrick Troughton

    The Doctor

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (7)

      • The console room the second Doctor and Jamie use is the one in use prior to The Five Doctors.

      • "Androgum" is an anagram of the word "gourmand".

      • Revealing Mistake: As the Doctor passes out from the gas, the wires holding him up can be seen, contrasted sharply against the white smoke.

      • Revealing Mistake: When the Doctor falls onto the wires, the supports nearly collapse.

      • Revealing Mistake: When the Doctor pulls himself up and into the service duct, the wall nearly falls down.

      • The sixth Doctor faints when the second Doctor is supposedly put to death, and later theorizes that a time embolism could explain how he could be alive now when he died earlier. Later, he learns that his earlier incarnation was not killed and admits that his theory about the time embolism is also wrong. But what made the Doctor faint?

      • The episode opens with the Second Doctor and Jamie on a mission for the Time Lords. This seems unlikely: the Doctor had fled Gallifrey and apparently didn't make contact with the Time Lords until the penultimate episode of The War Games, whereupon he was tried, executed and exiled to Earth, while Jamie was returned to the point in time just before he joined the TARDIS (at the end of The Highlanders).
        However, we know that the Doctor's personal history, as established in the original series, has been altered, as he had helped the Time Lords on various occasions prior to The War Games (in The Three Doctors, then in The Five Doctors), so it is possible that the Doctor earned a reprieve from his sentence.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Peri: Perhaps you should see a doctor.
        The Sixth Doctor: Are you trying to be funny?

      • The Second Doctor: Jamie, don't go wandering off. Stay with me.
        Jamie: Do I ever?
        The Second Doctor: It has been known.

      • The Doctor: Jamie, some of the most brilliant scientists in the Universe have assembled here to work together in pure research. I don't want them to know that I've arrived.
        Jamie: Why not?
        The Doctor: Think of the commotion. They'd all be scrambling around wanting my autograph.

      • Shockeye: I'm not interested in the beliefs of primitives! Only in what they taste like.

      • The Doctor: Mainly decaying food... and corpses. That is the smell of death, Peri - ancient must, heavy in the air... fruit-soft flesh peeling from wet bones... the unholy, unburiable smell of Armageddon. Nothing quite so evocative as one's sense of smell, is there?

      • Peri: Circular logic will only make you dizzy, Doctor.

      • The Doctor: What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?

    • NOTES (11)

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who - The Two Doctors by Robert Holmes (ISBN 0 426 20201 5) first published by W H Allen in 1985.

      • DVD: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors (BBCDVD 1213) released in September 2003. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1994) in June 2004.

        Video: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors (BBCV 5148) released in November 1993. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1277) in June 1995.

      • This story was originally intended to take place in New Orleans. When this proved prohibitively expensive, Robert Holmes had to rapidly rewrite the script for Seville.

      • The opening scenes with the second Doctor and Jamie in the TARDIS are filmed in black and white as a salute to the Troughton series. Colour was not introduced to the series until the arrival of the third Doctor.

      • This story was written with the First Doctor (to be played by Richard Hurndall, reprising the role from The Five Doctors) and Susan in mind. The untimely passing of Richard Hurndall made this impossible and the script was rewritten for the Second Doctor and Jamie. Writer Robert Holmes explained later that he had been under the mistaken impression that it was the Second Doctor, rather than the Third, who had undertaken missions on behalf of the Time Lords, which goes some way to explaining the reason behind the continuity problems raised by this story.

      • This story was broadcast as 6 25-minute episodes in the U.S.A.

      • The food-crazed Androgums draw their name from an anagram of gourmand.

      • Working titles for the story included Parallax, Creation, The Seventh Augmentation, and The Androgum Inheritance.

      • There is a reference to Victoria being absent due to her 'studying graphology', placing this story somewhere between the end of The Evil of the Daleks and The Fury from the Deep, from the Second Doctor's perspective.

      • The story was commissioned after Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines enjoyed working on The Five Doctors so much they requested to return again.

      • This story features extensive location filming in and around Seville, Spain.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)