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'Doctor Who's Best and Worst Multi-Doctor Stories: Friday Fiver

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Jon Pertwee starred in Doctor Who as the third doctor.

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It's Doctor Who's anniversary! Alright, so the BBC sci-fi drama's big half-century celebrations aren't till 2013, but today - November 23, 2012 - marks the show's 49th year as part of the televisual landscape!

In the past, the show has marked a birthday - both its 10th and its 20th - with a story featuring multiple Doctors, and on occasion, the 'multi-Doctor' format is rolled out just for the fun of it...

So this week's Friday Fiver takes a look at the five times on telly that our Time Lord hero faced his past - and his future. Sneak a peek and then let us know whether you think a new multi-Doctor story is a good idea for next year's 50th!

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'The Three Doctors' - first aired December 30, 1972 to January 20, 1973
Doctor Who's first stab at the multi-Doctor premise is a decent effort - sure, there are plot flaws aplenty and the First Doctor is relegated to a string of cameo appearances due to William Hartnell's failing health, but there's still plenty of fun to be had thanks to Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee's playful bickering and Stephen Thorne's scenery-munching villain Omega.





'The Five Doctors' - first aired November 23, 1983
Twenty years in and Doctor Who had Peter Davison at the helm - the show's youthful lead was joined by stalwarts Troughton and Pertwee, but the passing of William Hartnell in 1975 and Tom Baker's refusal to take part meant that 'The Five Doctors' was probably liable under the trade descriptions act.

Not the show's finest hour then, but fun if enjoyed in the right frame of mind - oh, and it's still difficult to suppress a geekish giggle when the Raston Warrior Robot tears up those Cybermen.





'The Two Doctors' - first aired February 16, 1985 to March 2, 1985
Patrick Troughton and Colin Baker do their best to make this '80s escapade bearable, but the plot drags and classic monsters the Sontarans are wasted. 'The Two Doctors' isn't a complete washout, but it's definitely the weakest of the 'regular' multi-Doctor stories.





'Dimensions in Time' - first aired November 26 and November 27, 1993
Four years after Who had been yanked from our screens, the show returned for this one-off Children in Need special - a crossover with the BBC soap EastEnders. In case you're wondering, it's actually as bad as it sounds - not even the Mitchell brothers crossing paths with Romana (Lalla Ward) could save this bizarre hodgepodge.





'Time Crash' - first aired November 16, 2007
Before he became Doctor Who's showrunner, Steven Moffat salvaged the reputation of the multi-Doctor story with this tongue-in-cheek Children in Need offering, which saw David Tennant's Tenth Doctor have an awkward TARDIS run-in with Peter Davison's Fifth.

Moff's proved that a multi-Doctor plot doesn't have to be a disaster - so how about a second attempt for the 50th, Steven?





Are you a fan of Doctor Who's multi-Doctor stories? Do you want to see a new one for the 50th anniversary? Let us know below!

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