Number : Season 10, serial 1 of 5.
Which One : 10th anniversary.
Cast : The Doctor : Jon Pertwee / Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell
Jo Grant : Katy Manning
Brigadier : Nicholas Courtney
Benton : John Levene
Omega : Stephen Thorne
President : Roy Purcell
Chancellor : Clyde Pollitt
Timelord : Graham Leaman
Doctor Tyler : Rex Robinson
Ollis : Laurie Webb
Mrs Ollis : Patricia Prior
Corporal Palmer : Denys Palmer
Written By : Bob Baker & Dave Martin
Produced By : Barry Letts
First Broadcast : 30 December 1972–20 January 1973
Length : 4 x 25 minute episodes.
Plot : A massive black hole, is drawing all power from Gallifrey. The Timelords – worried about this threat, calls on the Third Doctor – to investigate. Even breaking the ‘First Rule Of Time’; by allowing the Doctor to make use of his “otherselves” – in the investigation.
Whats good : The interaction between the Third Doctor and previous incarnations. The story. Omega – is an decent anti-hero/tragic villain. Hartnell makes an interesting foil – between the Second and Third Doctor’s arguments.
Whats bad : Omega’s anti-matter blobby monsters …are just… plain weird!
Review :The Three Doctors is the first episode of season 10. The 10th anniversary episode of the show’s run and the first anniversary special of the series.
It is – the most enjoyable of the anniversary specials and has the Third Doctor interacting with his Second and First incarnations. In a race against time, to save the Time Lords.
The best bits here – come from the Third and Second Doctor’s inability to work together, without bickering. So the introduction of the First Doctor, to knock there heads together; makes for an entertaining three-way dynamic.
Hartnell’s appearance, though – is sadly brief. Stuck inside a ‘time bubble’ – as a plot device (due to Hartnell’s ill-health). Hartnell’s reduced part here, to offer advice and counsel – to his two sparring successors.
“I generated those forces… and for what? To be blown out of existence….. into this black hole of Anti-matter…. A hero? I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GOD!!” Omega
Aside from the novelty and value of the first Three Doctor’s interacting. Omega is a really strong counter-point antagonist. With a tragic backstory and villainous turn. From beginnings, as the Time Lord’s founder and hero; leading to (unfortunate) imprisonment – in an anti-matter universe. Whilst experimenting, with time travel.
The serial is also notable, for the ending of the Third Doctor’s Earth exile. For helping the Time Lords, beat the energy-drain. The Third Doctor is presented, with a new time-dematerialization circuit; to power up his faulty Tardis.
The Three Doctors hits the mark – as the best anniversary special; which incorporates the best elements of the previous 10 years; namely – the first Three Doctors themselves.
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