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May 24th, 2007 (10:54 pm)

A late start in the library meant that I didn't get to DSoc this evening, so there will be no review of The Five Doctors from me. Next week, I will be along with The Krotons.


Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: May 25th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)

I saw it not that long ago and thought it was... well, awful, actually. I mean, looked at objectively at a piece of drama - as a piece of serious Doctor Who - rather than as a parade of as many old Doctors and companions as they could shoehorn into the time allotted. The plot of a DW episode doesn't always have to make that much sense - which is just as well, as this one makes very little - but how can you get past monumental non-events like the Doctor seeing his granddaughter again for the first time in decades, and *not even reacting*? (And nor does anyone else!) As for Sarah falling down the tiniest cliff in the universe, well - too easy to mock.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 25th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)

The reaction of most of the 12/13 year olds I knew when The Five Doctors was broadcast in 1983 was 'It's been done before', and they waved imaginary copies of the novelization of The Three Doctors at me. I had read the novelization of The Five Doctors beforehand - the Newcastle WH Smith was stocking it two weeks before broadcast, and Jeremy Bentham's phrase "From six to sixty the fans are legion", used in a 1981 'Matrix Data Bank' column in DWM, was never more true than in the age profile of those who stood around in the shop reading the book - and was a little disappointed in the broadcast version. The disappointment has grown as I've got older. It works as a variety bill and can be enjoyed as such; but the hangover from the party lasted too long and helped create the circumstances for the 1985 postponement.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: May 26th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)

I don't like The Five Doctors. Part of me wants to hate it (my new-found appreciation for the early Davison era notwithstanding)... and yet I can't quite write it off completely. Perhaps my eight year old self (who thought it was the BEST THING EVER!!!) won't let me. Perhaps I'm just glad for a little bit more surviving Troughton. Or perhaps I'm just glad there's one Doctor Who story even I like in a 'so bad it's good' way.

When Timelash came out on video, Dave Owen's DWM review noted it was perfect for a Rocky Horror Show-style underground revival, where viewers dress up as characters, join in with favourite dialogue disasters and heckle the screen. I'd argue that The Five Doctors is an equally good candidate for such treatment.