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Serial: RRR  Episode Nos. 330, 331, 332, and 333.  Title: The Three Doctors

 

The Time Lords' energies are being drained while at the same time a light beam has shot across

space from a black hole to Earth, transmitting a creature that seems intent on abducting the Doctor. 

The only help the Time Lords can give the Doctor is... himself.  They unite the Doctor's first three

incarnations in the hope that together they can defeat the menace on the other side of the black hole

in the universe of anti-matter....

 

This is the famous 10th anniversary reunion story, and marks the end of the Doctor's enforced

exile on 20th century Earth.

starring Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and William Hartnell as Dr. Who, Katy Manning as

  Jo Grant, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and John Levene as Sergeant Benton.

Written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Produced by Barry Letts, and Directed by Lennie Mayne.

 

Originally transmitted from 30 December 1972 to 20 January 1973 on BBC1.

DVD features:

This DVD originally came out in 2003 as a single-disc release.  This special edition

contains most of the content from the original DVD plus many new features.  The

features listed in italics below are new to the Special Edition.

A 2-disc release.  On Disc 1:

- All 4 episodes of the story digitally remastered and restored.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing

   impaired.

- Optional commentary track by actors Katy Manning and Nicholas Courtney and

   producer Barry Letts.

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout the story.

- Pebble Mill at One.  21 minutes from a 1973 BBC daytime talk show where

  Doctor Who’s 10th anniversary was spotlighted, using interviews with BBC

  visual effects designer Bernard Wilkie, and second Doctor Patrick Troughton.

- Blue Peter 5-11-73.  14 minutes from a 1973 installment of BBC children’s series

  Blue Peter which also spotlighted the series’ 10th anniversary, featuring Jon

   Pertwee showing off the Doctor’s new alien car, and co-host Peter Purves mentioning

   his own time on the series as Steven in the Hartnell era.  (The original DVD had

   only 7 minutes of this segment.)

- “BSB Highlights” – 10 minutes of highlights from a 1994 special Doctor Who marathon

   that ran on a satellite TV station called BSB. It features short interviews with producer

   Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin,

   and Third Doctor Jon Pertwee. Later producer John Nathan-Turner co-hosts.

- “Five Faces of Doctor Who Trail” – an advertising trailer that was used to promote a

   series of repeats on BBC2 in 1981, one of which was The Three Doctors.

- BBC1 trailer. A recreation of the original advertising trailer used in 1972 to promote

   the start of The Three Doctors.

- Coming Soon Trailer for the DVD of The Face of Evil.

- PDF Files.  The Radio Times listings are available as a .pdf file if you put the disc

   into a computer.

On Disc 2:

- Happy Birthday to Who.  A 23-minute featurette about the making of the story

  featuring interviews with actors Katy Manning and Stephen Thorne (Omega),

  producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and co-writer Bob Baker.

  Hosted by Toby Hadoke.

- Was Doctor Who Rubbish?  A 14-minute featurette where fans discuss the common

  criticisms leveled at classic Doctor Who by general members of the public and how

  to refute them.

- Girls, Girls, Girls - the 1970s.  A 14-minute featurette where 1970s companion

  actresses Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), and Louise Jameson

  (Leela) discuss their roles with each other.

- Photo Gallery.  4 minutes of photo stills taken during the production of the story.

- There are two features that were in the original DVD release in 2002 not present

   in this Special Edition.  One is the simple "Who's Who" text biographies of the key

   cast members.  The other was a 30-minute featurette called "Panopticon 1993" that

   featured footage of a Q&A session with Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, and Nicholas

   Courtney. This footage could not be re-cleared with the footage's owner.