65) THE THREE DOCTORS

30 December 1972 - 20 January 1973

Average Viewing Figure: 10.3M

65) THE THREE DOCTORS

Plot

A mysterious identity threatens the power of the Time Lords, and all incarnations of, The Doctor band together to save the day

Cast

Jon Pertwee (The Doctor), Patrick Troughton (The Doctor), William Hartnell (The Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant)

Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Rex Robinson (Dr Tyler), Stephen Thorne (Omega)

Roy Purcell (President of the Council), Laurie Webb (Mr Ollis), Clyde Pollitt (Chancellor), Graham Leaman (Time Lord)

Patricia Prior (Mrs Ollis), Denys Palmer (Corporal Palmer)

Uncredited Cast

Pat Gorman, Leslie Bates, Terence Denville, Terry Sartain, David Billa, David Melbourne (UNIT Soldiers), Cy Town, Rick Newby

John Scott Martin, Murphy Grumbar (Gell Guards), Anthony Lang, Lincoln Wright, Richard Orme, Peter Evans (Time Lords)

Alan Chuntz (Omega's Champion)

Crew

Bob Baker, Dave Martin (Writers), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Dudley Simpson (Incidental Music), Dick Mills (Special Sound)

John Baker (Film Cameraman), Bob Roberts (Film Sound), Jim Walker (Film Editor), Michaeljohn Harris (Visual Effects Designer)

Jim Acheson (Costumes), Ann Rayment (Make-Up), Clive Thomas (Lighting), Derek Miller-Timmins (Sound)

Terrance Dicks (Script Editor), Roger Liminton (Designer), Barry Letts (Producer), Lennie Mayne (Director)

Uncredited Crew

Magda Olender (Props Buyer), Dave Havard (Visual Effects Assistant), Hugh Wilson (Film Operations Manager)

Dick Weller, Arthur Hill (Lighting Chargehands), Joe Starie, Bob Hignett (Studio Engineers)

Laurie de Whalley, Don McGregory (Vision Co-ordinators), Johnny Norris (Show Working Supervisor), Sarah Newman (Producer's Secretary)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Ealing Film Studios: Stage 3A

  • Summerfield Bungalow, Rickmansworth, Bucks

  • Springwell Reservoir, Rickmansworth, Bucks

  • Harefield Lime Works Rickmansworth, Bucks

  • YMCA Haling House, Haling Lane, Denham, Bucks

  • Television Centre: Puppet Theatre

  • Television Centre: Studio 1

  • Television Centre: Studio 6

Deaths

  • UNIT Soldiers [killed by Gell Guards]

    • Gell Guards [possibly killed when Omega's Universe is destroyed]

    • Omega's Champion [possibly killed when Omega's Universe is destroyed]

Production Days

  • 11 Days between Monday 6 November - Tuesday 12 December 1972

Production Errors

  1. A boom microphone appears above John Levene just before The Second Doctor arm arrives in the Tardis 

  2. When UNIT HQ vanishes into Omega' realm, grass appears where the building once stood 

  3. A Gell Guard which chases Tyler collides with a wall before the actions cuts to the next scene 

  4. When The Doctor's lab first disappears, the lab doors are open, but when The Doctor and Jo arrive in the antimatter universe, the door are locked 

  5. When The Doctor and Jo discover Bessie in the antimatter universe, the wheels are covered in white dust. This means Bessie must have been driven into the wasteland and not transported 

  6. Omega is revealed to have no physical form, however Stephen Thorne's mouth can be seen on several occasions

  7. If UNIT HQ is supposed to be a top-secret establishment why ois there a large signpost with information about its function and commanding officer?

Working Titles

  • Deathworld - (storyline)

  • The Black Hole 

Verdict

The Three Doctors is the first-anniversary episode for the show with ridiculous realised monsters and a villain who spends too much shouting and yelling than doing anything evil. The plot spends too which time with The Second and Third Doctor bickering and yelling at each other and only solve problems through pure dumb luck. The script is very dialogue heavy which results in a lot of talking and very little action. The Second Doctor appears to be far too childish, caring more about his recorder than the destruction Omega can cause. It is very lazily plotted and is no fitting match for an anniversary special. **​