The Five Doctors


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BOOK DETAILS

Pages 128
ISBN 0-426-19510-8 / 0-491-03052-5
Publication Date 24 November 1983

SYNOPSIS

1983 Target Books edition

A twentieth anniversary special featuring The Doctor in all five of his regenerations.

Why are all five Doctors being removed from their separate time-streams? Who is the enemy they will have to unite against? What will become of the Doctors when the battle is over?

We have travelled a long way with Doctor Who. The Five Doctors gives us a chance to turn the clock back and meet some old friends – and some old enemies.

1991 Target Books edition

THE PLAYER PUT THE LITTLE FIGURE OF THE FIRST DOCTOR ON THE BOARD, PUSHING IT WOWARDS THE CENTRE WITH A LONG RAKE. THE FIRST PIECE WAS ON THE BOARD.

But this is not a game. One by one, the five Doctors are removed from their respective time-streams and dumped in the Death Zone on Gallifrey.

But who is manipulating them in this way? And why has The Master been sent to help them?

And what exactly is inside Rassilon’s tomb?

The Five Doctors was originally broadcast on 25th November 1983 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the series. It was written by Terrance Dicks who was script editor of the series for five years and who has written more than sixty novelisations of Doctor Who television stories.

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NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES

  1. The Game Begins
  2. Pawns in the Game
  3. Death Zone
  4. Unexpected Meeting
  5. Two Doctors
  6. Above, Between, Below!
  7. The Doctor Disappears
  8. Condemned
  9. The Dark Tower
  10. Deadly Companions
  11. Rassilon’s Secret
  12. The Game of Rassilon

DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY


  • Dicks adds a segment accounting for Susan Foreman’s abduction by the timescoop, set in the era after The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
  • The First Doctor is stated to be nearing his first regeneration.
  • Susan’s line of “Grandfather ” is returned to its script version, “Doctor”. During shooting of the original episode, Carole Ann Ford had refused to say the line, as in her era she would never have called him “Doctor”. An explanation is given that Susan was thinking of how others called him “Doctor” except for she.
  • The Third Doctor’s comeback to the Second Doctor’s insult (where he calls him a”scarecrow”) is removed.
  • Sarah Jane is upset over the Fourth Doctor’s absence.

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