Forty years ago, Doctor Who celebrated its tenth anniversary and brought together the Doctor’s earliest incarnations. Our celebration of key Doctor Who adventures reaches The Three Doctors.
Strange plasma creatures arrive on Earth. Gallifrey suffers a massive power drain. With the cause coming from beyond a black hole, the Time Lords are left with no alternative but to unite the Doctor’s first three incarnations to investigate.
The First Doctor addresses his successors.
Omega: A hero? I should have been a god!
The special effects may have aged very badly, but what The Three Doctors adds to Doctor Who’s legacy still endures. It expands the history of Time Lord culture – creating the character of Omega and explaining how the Gallifreyans became masters of time. It’s also the first time the series directly acknowledged and celebrated its own past, bringing past Doctors into new adventures. The interplay between the chaotic Patrick Troughton and the fastidious Jon Pertwee is fantastic – belying the fact that they initially found working together quite hard work. And seeing William Hartnell in his final TV performance – barely a ghost on a screen, but still able to issue a cutting put-down – is moving stuff.