THE THREE DOCTORS
by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. The Time Lords are in crisis. A powerful force is draining their energy into a mysterious Black Hole－and they must recruit the Doctor to save them. But one Doctor isn't enough for this mission... All three of the Doctor's incarnations, aided by Jo Grant and UNIT, must face the wrath of Omega - a fallen Time Lord trapped for millennia in a universe of anti-matter. Driven mad by his exile, Omega now has just one thing on his mind-revenge...
In 1973, Doctor Who
celebrated its tenth birthday with old friends, new thrills and a big jelly. Keen to open the anniversary season with a bang, Producer Barry Letts
and Script Editor Terrance Dicks
commissioned an ambitious story that would see the return of William Hartnell
and Jon Pertwee's
era. The resulting celebratory romp has a distinct pantomime flavour in places, with the Doctors battling a giant anti-matter jelly and the globular Gell Guards, before arriving in the glittery fairy-tale domain of Omega, the shouty man in the shiny cloak. In 1973 it was a bold new concept for multiple Doctors to share an adventure. William Hartnell, sidelined due to ill health, nevertheless brings gravitas and charm to his scenes as the First Doctor. It's a treat to see a mischievous Patrick Troughton
back in action, and Jon Pertwee is as dashing and simperious as ever. The fractious scenes between the Second and Third Doctors are arguably the highlight of the story, and the success of this pairing established a recurring device - various Doctors reunite in The Five Doctors
(1983], The Two Doctors
(1985], and the charity specials Dimensions In Time(1993] and Time Crash(2007], while Omega would return in Arc of Infinity . A colourful, nostalgic celebration of the first ten years of the programme, The Three Doctors is best enjoyed with a fizzy drink and a big slice of birthday cake. But no jelly.
Commentary by Katy Manning
(Jo Grant], Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart]
and Barry Letts (Producer]. Happy Birthday To Who A look at the making of this anniversary
story, with Katy Manning, Barry Letts, Stephen Thorne [Omega], script editor Terrance Dicks
and co-writer Bob Baker. Was Doctor Who Rubbish? A defence against criticism of the classic series. Girls, Girls, Girls - The 1970s Katy Manning, Caroline John (Liz Shaw] and Louise SPECIAL
Jameson (Leela] on being a 1970s Doctor Who girl. Pebble Mill At One Interviews with Patrick Troughton and FX wizard Bernard Wilkie·Blue Peter Jon Pertwee introduces the Whomgbil. Highlights Cast and crew discuss The Three Doctors. The Five Faces Of Doctor Who Trailer for the 1981 repeat season BBC1 Trailer 1972 trailer for Episode One·40th Anniversary Trailer. Radio Times Listings ([DVD-ROM only]. Production Information Subtitles. Photo Gallery. Coming Soon Trailer Digitally remastered picture and sound quality. Shown between 30th December 1972 - 20th January 1973.
Commentary by Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney and Barry Letts Katy Manning made her debut as Jo Grant in 1971's Terror of the Autons and quickly cemented her place as one of the series most endearing and popular companions. She remained with Doctor Who for three years until The Green Death in 1973, then returned as Jo alongside Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and Elisabeth Sladen in two episodes of CBBC spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2010. Nicholas Courtney appeared onscreen with no less than seven Doctors, between 1965's The Daleks'Master Plan and 1993's charity special Dimensions In Time. In his role as UNIT's Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Nick created a television legend and became an integral component of the 'classic'series. He made his final TV appearance in The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2009, before passing away in 2011. Barry Letts produced all but one of the Third Doctor's television stories, and also scripted the classic The Daemons with Robert Sloman in 1971. Previously a director on the series, Letts returned to the role for 1975's The Android Invasion alongside Tom Baker, and go on to write two Doctor Who radio adventures starring Jon Pertwee, The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space. He died in 2009. Pebble Mill At One Monsters invade the Pebble Mill studio, as Patrick Troughton [the Second Doctor] and Bernard Wilkie [Visual Effects Designer] are interviewed in late 1973. Blue Peter Jon Pertwee drives the Whomobile into the studio, and looks back on ten years of Doctor Who with former companion and Blue Peter host Peter Purves. BSB Highlights Excerpts from BSB's 1990 31 Who weekend, including the trailer for The Three Doctors and interviews with actors Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney, script editor Terrance Dicks and writing partners Bob Baker and Dave Martin. Introduced by 1980s producer John Nathan-Turner.
The Five Faces Of Doctor Who Trailer - trailer for the 1981 repeat season which included The Three Doctors. BBC1 Trailer - A rare, poor-quality audio recording of the original 1972 TV trailer, with recreated vision. 40th Anniversary Trailer - This popular anniversary trailer appeared on the original 2003 DVD release. Coming Soon - A trailer for a forthcoming Doctor Who DVD title. PDF Material - Vintage Radio Times listings in PDF format [DVD ROM only, to be viewed on a PC or Mac]. Production Subtitles - Optional on-screen subtitles provide the viewer with additional behind-the-scenes information on production of The Three Doctors.
Happy Birthday To Who - Cast and crew recall the making of The Three Doctors in this brand-new documentary, with contributions from Katy Manning (Jo Grant], Stephen Thorne (Omega], producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and co-writer Bob Baker. Was Doctor Who Rubbish? Four fans of the classic series defend traditional claims that the programme was nothing more than a quarry-bound romp with wobbly sets and dodgy effects. Girls, Girls, Girls - The 1970s
Continuing this popular series, Caroline John (Liz Shaw] and Louise Jameson [Leela] join Katy
Manning for a discussion on the perils of being a 1970s Doctor Who girl. Introduced by Peter Purves. Photo Gallery A collection of publicity stills and production images from The Three Doctors.