UNIT HQ comes under attack by an alien force, and the Doctor has no othr option but to call on his own people, the Time Lords, for help. Breaking the first Law of Time, the first two Doctors are lifted out of their own time-streams and sent to help the third. But in a universe of anti-matter, an all-powerful figure from Time Lord history is waiting, and even three Doctors may not be enough to stop him.
-- from the DVD release, 2003
The tenth anniversary story seemed an obvious choice for BBC Worldwide to celebrate the show's fortieth anniversary with a box-set including a Bessie toy. The release would come much closer to the anniversary too, than originally planned...
Episode timings on DVD: 24'35", 24'21", 24'26", 25'09"
Episode timings on PasB: 24'39", 24'18", 24'22", 25'07"
05/80/1991: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV4650 [deleted 14/8/1995]
??/??/1991: US - CBS/FOX - 3405 [renumbered E1100 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
01/09/1992: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC46502 [deleted 1/1996] [not pictured]
Cover art by Alistair Pearson, which also appeared as a poster in Doctor Who Magazine (see right).
Reissued as part of the WHSmith exclusive Timelord boxset - the second of two VHS sets that the chain would release, following the previous Christmas' Davros collection (containing all Davros stories) - this included The War Games, The Three Doctors and The Deadly Assassin. Knowing of the forthcoming DVD release of The Three Doctors, the Restoration Team suggested a Sontaran boxset (The Time Warrior, episodic for the first time, The Sontaran Experiment, with A Fix With Sontarans bolstering the runtime, and The Invasion of Time). Smiths were adamant they wanted these stories, however, and (as before) new covers were commissioned by Black Sheep in the current style, with a linking spine created to run across all three.
DVD Bonus features
Panopticon '93 (29'47")
Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Nicholas Courtney onstage on September 4th 1993.
Pertwee arrives first to talk about The Paradise of Death, Barry Letts' writing, his career, being typecast in comic roles and eventually being cast at Doctor Who, his happiness working on the series, Return to Devil's End, The Daemons and Roger Delgado.
Manning joins him, and the conversation turns to initial reactions between her and Pertwee, her memories of The Daemons and the rest of the three years, Day of the Daleks and limited Dalek props, The Curse of Peladon, getting lost, returning to the roles and the way Courtney's mind worked (a certain eyepatch story gets dragged out).
Courtney finally arrives and conversation turns to Manning's Mayfair photoshoot and the Whomobile.
Interviewer: Steve Wickham
Cameras: Steve Broster, Robert Moubert
Sound Assistants: Neil Roberts, Andrew Nunney
Videotape Editor: Keith Brown
AV Supervisors: Paul Vanezis, Andre Willey
Production Associates: Ian Cook, Colin Griffiths, Martin Kennaugh, Paul Rhodes
Producer: Andrew Beech
(C) Dominitemporal Services Ltd MMIII.
By Richard Molesworth
By Nicholas Courtney, Katy Manning and Barry Letts recorded September 2000 at Pebble Mill (before this story was on the schedule, but recorded in advance due to Katy's rare UK trip).
Photo Gallery (3'53")
41 b/w and colour photos, plus the Radio Times cover and illustrations.
BBC1 Trail (4'11")
Restoration NotesThe story was DVNRed for general noise reduction under the supervision of Jonathan Wood. The jumps when the Gellguards appear were also straightened out. Audio remastering was, as usual, performed by Mark Ayres.
03/07/1991 - Passed
as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
07/07/1992 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.
29/07/2003 - Bonuses passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
09/09/2003 - DVD Passed as 'PG' [Low level course language] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ