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The Five Doctors was a special feature-length 20th anniversary episode. It had its world premiere in the United States on 23 November 1983. The UK premiere was 25 November 1983.


UK premiere of The Five Doctors.

Tom Baker didn't want to return so clips from Shada were used.

The new TARDIS console room.

The Time Lords call the Master to assist the Doctors in the Death Zone.

Richard Hurndall is cast as the 1st Doctor.

K9 and Sarah-Jane.

Splendid fellows... all of you.
The Brigadier

The 3rd Doctor and Bessie.

The tower in the Death Zone.

TARDIS crew past and present.

The Cybermen are also transported to the Death Zone on Gallifrey.

A publicity photo featuring all the main cast and John Nathan-Turner. A waxwork model of Tom Baker from a Doctor Who Exhibition in Madame Tussaud's was used.

The 2nd Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.


Borusa is seeking immortality from the Tomb of Rassilon.

The end credits.


Season Twenty-One

  • Warriors of the Deep
  • The Awakening
  • Frontios
  • Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Planet of Fire
  • The Caves of Androzani
  • The Twin Dilemma

Doctor Who
Season 21 1984

The Sea Devils.


Season Twenty One begins.

Radio Times Five Doctors cover.

The Silurians return along with the Sea Devils.

The Myrka.


The Doctor trying to reason with the Silurians.

Doctor Who returns to its weekday slot.

Sea Base 4 in the middle of a cold war.

1984 Doctor Who Annual.

There should have been another way.
The Doctor

An alien war machine, the Malus.


When the TARDIS lands not everything is as it seems.

Re-enactments of English Civil War in Little Hodcombe are causing the Malus, to re-awaken.

Behind the scenes on The Awakening set. Photo thanks to Paul Tams.

The Malus - Behind the scenes of The Awakening in 1983. Photo courtesy of Paul Tams.

The TARDIS lands in the far future on Frontios.

Human colonists on Frontios.

Captain Revere converted into a mining machine.

The Tractators lived on Frontios, they could control gravity. The Tractators used dead humans as components in their mining machines.

A partly destroyed TARDIS. The Doctor tricks Gravis into reassembling the TARDIS by using his power over gravity.

BBC News reports of Peter Davison's departure.

The TARDIS gets caught in a time tunnel.

A Dalek gets thrown out of the warehouse.

The Daleks attack a prison station searching for Davros.

The Daleks rescue Davros hoping that he'll help them find an antidote to a Dalek virus created by the Movellans.

The Doctor confronts Davros.

The Supreme Dalek.

Tegan decides to stay behind on Earth.

Nicola Bryant is cast as Peri.

Turlough rescues Peri from drowning and brings her back to the TARDIS.

Kamelion was supposed to be a successor to K9. Because of its frequent malfunctions it only appeared in the series twice.

The TARDIS is transported to the planet Sarn where a colony of Trions live - Turloughs people.

The Master hopes to use the Numismaton Gas for its healing properties.

Turlough returns home but Peri asks to stay with the Doctor.

Merchandise Advert.

Androzani Minor, one of twin planets in the Sirius star system.

General Chellak and Major Salateen.

The Doctor and Peri on Androzani Minor.

The Doctors execution.

Sharaz Jek had an interest in androids.

Sharaz Jek's androids.

Magma Beasts native to the caves of Androzani Minor.

Sharaz Jek originally worked with Morgus to collect spectrox which could prolong a human lifespan. Morgus betrayed Sharaz Jek.

The Doctor and Peri were exposed to raw spectrox. The Doctor found a cure for Peri but didn't have enough for himself which caused a regeneration.

Colin Baker is cast as the Doctor.

The modified title sequence.

A modified new logo.

Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon.
The Doctor

Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant on Breakfast Time.

Colin Baker on Blue Peter.

Doctor Who on BBC1.

The Twin Dilemma. The two twins Romulus and Remus Sylvest and Professor Edgeworth.

The TARDIS wardrobe.

The Doctor loses control and attacks Peri after his regeneration.

Mestor leader of the Gastropods.

The Jacondans.

The Doctor, Peri and Lieutenant Hugo Lang searching for the twins.

Season Twenty-Two

  • Attack of the Cybermen
  • Vengeance On Varos
  • The Mark of the Rani
  • The Two Doctors
  • Timelash
  • Revelation of the Daleks

Doctor Who
Season 22 1985


Season Twenty One begins.

Return to Totter's Lane.

Doctor Who returns to Saturdays for Season Twenty Two. The format changes to 45 minute episodes.

Attack of the Cybermen marked the return of the Cyber Controller and Telos. The Cybermen planned to travel back in time and destroy the Earth.

The Doctor tries to fix the chameleon circuit.

The chameleon circuit fix doesn't quite work.

Lytton returns having previously worked for the Daleks.

the Cryons native to Telos.

Attack of the Cybermen once again got Doctor Who into trouble for being too violent for children.

The Doctor destroys the Cyber Controller.

Doctor Who Annual 1985

The Doctor arrives on Varos searching for a rare ore called zeiton 7.

TARDIS type 40 handbook.

Colony's inhabitants on Varos view and vote through interactive televisions on tortures and executions. Voting is mandatory

Sil was a Mentor from Thoros Beta he lied about the value of Zeiton-7 to get the cheapest price for it.


Killingworth in 19th Century England.

The Rani's TARDIS.

Lord Ravensworth and English inventor George Stephenson.

Another renegade Time Lord known as the Rani is removing chemicals from humans that enable sleep. The Master plans to use people of the Industrial Revolution to speed up Earth's development for his own gain.

The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jamie on a mission to stop people on Space Station Chimera experimenting with time travel.

Space Station Chimera.

Androgums on Space Station Chimera.

The Sontarans invade Space Station Chimera.

The Doctor fishing.

The Doctor arrives on Space Station Chimera where it looks like the Time Lords have killed everyone.

The second Doctor is imprinted with genes taken from Shockeye.

Most of The Two Doctors was filmed on location in Spain.

The Sontarans transport the survivors and the Second Doctor to a small village in Spain on Earth.

The Sontarans are looking to discover the secret of time travel.

With the new 45 minute episode format, The Two Doctors was the only story of Season Twenty Two to have 3 episodes.

Past and present cast appeared on the 1985 Children in Need show.

Borad's blue-skinned androids.

H. G. Wells.

The Doctor in the Timelash a time tunnel where all rebels are banished.

A mural of the third Doctor's face from a previous unshown adventure.

The Bandrils.

The Borad took over the planet Karfel and created the Timelash.

The official colour of mourning on the planet Necros is blue.

The DJ provided entertainment for a funeral home on the planet Necros.

The Doctor.

A Dalek.

The wealthy came to Necros to have their newly-deceased bodies cryogenically frozen until medical science can cure whatever killed them. Davros used the frozen raw material for a food export and also to create a whole army of new Daleks.

Jobel was the chief embalmer of Tranquil Repose on Necros.

A Dalek being created.

Renegade Daleks eventually come and capture Davros taking him prisoner.

Newspapers run with the story that the BBC are trying to cancel Doctor Who.

Doctor Who's production was moved back a financial year giving it an 18-month hiatus between seasons 22 and 23.


Doctor who Exhibition in Blackpool.

Some of the Doctor Who VHS releases.

Doctor Who comedy sketch on the Lenny Henry show.

Doctor Who 1986 Annual.

Blue Peter.

Season Twenty-Three

  • The Trial of a Time Lord:
  • The Mysterious Planet
  • Mindwarp
  • Terror of the Vervoids
  • The Ultimate Foe

Doctor Who
Season 23 1986


Season Twenty Three begins.

The Inquisitor.

Doctor Who eventually returned for a 14 episode story titled 'The Trial of a Time Lord'. The timing for each episode was reduced to 25 minutes.

The story opens with an impressive CGI sequence of the TARDIS.

The Valeyard acted as the prosecutor in the trial.

The trial room on a space station.

Drathro was an L3 maintenance robot.

Katryca was a human leader from the planet Ravalox.

A London Underground sign meaning Ravalox is actually Earth.

The Sixth Doctor outside the TARDIS.

The Valeyard calls for a past event to be shown. This is Peri's final adventure with the Doctor.

Doctor Who lost a lot of viewers between seasons 22 and 23.

The TARDIS lands on the planet Thoros Beta.

Sil back on his home planet Thoros Beta where he became involved with weapons trading.

Scientists are experimenting with brain transplant.

King Yrcanos from Krontep. He later fell in love with Peri.

Kiv's consciousness gets transferred directly into the body of Peri.


Kiv after the consciousness transplant.

The Time Lords made it so Yrcanos killed Kiv who was in Peri's body.

It is from this point that the Doctor is put on trial.

The Doctor appears shocked from the footage shown and claims that he was not responsible for most of the events.

Bonnie Langford is cast as Mel.

The Doctor and Mel in the TARDIS.

The Doctor gives evidence for the defence. He chooses an adventure from his own future which takes place on the space liner Hyperion III.


The crew of the space liner.

The Vervoids were a race of hostile alien plants, also slaves to humans. They got awakened early and attempted to kill all humans on the space liner.

The Doctor speeds up the Vervoids ageing process.

Article seven permits no exceptions. The Doctor has destroyed a complete species. The charge must now be genocide.
The Valeyard

The Keeper of the Matrix.

Mel and Sabalom Glitz are sent to help the Doctor by the Master.

The Master reveals that he accessed the Matrix by using a duplicate key. He also states that the Valeyard is a version of the Doctor's darker side from the future.

In all my travelling throughout the universe I have battled against evil, against power mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilisation: decadent, degenerate, and rotten to the core. Power mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen - they're still in the nursery compared to us. Ten million years of absolute power. That's what it takes to be really corrupt.
The Doctor

Mr Popplewick is an identity used by the Valeyard while in the Matrix.

A world created by the Valeyard inside the Matrix.

The Doctor enters the Matrix searching for the Valeyard.

The Master in his TARDIS.

The Doctor and the Valeyard in the Matrix.

Doctor Who was to return but without Colin Baker.

Colin Baker quits Doctor Who.

Sylvester McCoy is cast as the Doctor.


Reeltime Pictures got permission to include UNIT and Warrant Officer John Benton in an independent video release titled War Time.

Doctor Who Magazine - 1987 Autumn Special.

Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and Kate O'Mara photo shoot.

1987 Doctor Who Calendar.

Doctor Who Badge.

Doctor Who returned in 1987 with a new logo, title sequence and soundtrack.

Season Twenty-Four

  • Time And the Rani
  • Paradise Towers
  • Delta And the Bannermen
  • Dragonfire

Doctor Who
Season 24 1987

Doctor Who Magazine introducing the new Doctor.

Sylvester McCoy on Blue Peter.


Season Twenty Four begins.

Doctor Who Magazine with the new logo.

Doctor Who was scheduled on Mondays against Coronation Street.


The Tetraps worked with the Rani.

The Doctor's new look.

The Rani took control of the planet Lakertya. She attempted to discover the secret of manipulating strange matter on the planet Lakertya by creating an artificial brain feeding from scientific geniuses such as Albert Einstein.

The Doctor and Ikona, a Lakertyan. The Lakertyans were slaves to the Rani

The Rani's TARDIS.

The Doctor returns the scientific geniuses back to their own time.

The Doctor takes Mel to Paradise Towers.

Chief Caretaker.

Tilda and Tabby were Rezzies who lived at Paradise Towers. Due to a lack of food they turned to cannibalism.

The robotic cleaners controlled by Kroagnon.

The robotic pool cleaner.

Kroagnon the Great Architect was exiled to the Towers basement.

The Kangs and other survivors.

All hail the great architect!

The TARDIS in the opening titles.

The Bannermen searching for Delta, the last of her species.

The Tollmaster worked at space toll port G715.

Gavrok leader of the Bannermen.

The Doctor uses the TARDIS to land the bus on Earth safely.


The TARDIS lands on Earth.

CIA agents searching for a missing satellite.

Delta and the princess.

Chimeron Delta and her child.

Mel, Ace and Sabalom Glitz on Iceworld.

Sophie Aldred is cast as Ace.


Dragonfire. A spacecraft was hidden on the surface of the planet Svartos, The Dragonfire was the power source for it.

I'm not 'the Professor', I'm the Doctor!
The Doctor

In 1988 Dapol started releasing Doctor Who toys including poseable figures and playsets.

The Timelords: Doctorin' The Tardis.

In 1988 Dapol started releasing Doctor Who toys including poseable figures and playsets.


Season Twenty-Five

  • Remembrance of the Daleks
  • The Happiness Patrol
  • Silver Nemesis
  • The Greatest Show In the Galaxy

Doctor Who
Season 25 1988


Season Twenty Five begins.

Remembrance of the Daleks included a pre-titles sequence.

Remembrance of the Daleks was set around the I.M. Forman junkyard and Coal Hill School from An Unearthly Child.

The Doctor and Ace.


This is Earth, 1963. Well someone would've noticed, I'd have heard about it.

Group Captain Gilmore, Professor Rachel Jensen and Mike Smith are investigating alien activity at Totters Lane junkyard.

A renegade Dalek.

Ace reads a book on the French Revolution.

An Imperial Dalek. This is the first time that the Daleks are seen flying properly.

The Hand of Omega.

The Dalek Emperor.

Imperial Dalek shuttle craft.

The Supreme Dalek.

Special Weapons Dalek and the Imperial Daleks.

Davros on the Imperial Dalek battle ship.

The TARDIS lands on the planet Terra Alpha.

Helen A, ruler of the human colony where unhappiness is against the law.

The Pipe People. Native inhabitants of Terra Alpha.

Fifi was the pet Stigorax of Helen A.

The Kandyman was a robotic killer created by Gilbert M and used by the Happiness Patrol.

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