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.
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
- 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
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.