To celebrate the BBC making The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot available to watch on the official Doctor Who website, BlogtorWho takes a look back at the 2013 50th Anniversary special
Amid the huge 50th Anniversary celebrations for everyone’s favourite Time Lord, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot slipped in late in the day with (relatively) little fanfare.
The actual BIG ONE – The Day of The Doctor was huge and epic and multi-Doctored and aimed at a worldwide audience. The origins tale, An Adventure In Space And Time, was beautifully made drama that would appeal to fan and non-fan alike, and the McGann starrer The Night of The Doctor was a squee-inducing surprise of the highest order.
But The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was something else altogether. Written and directed by Peter Davison who older viewers may remember for playing the Fifth Doctor, this was purely one for fans of the show. Featuring a veritable Who’s Who from the show’s history, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot is extremely funny as its stars send themselves up with apparent glee. It’s also brim full of heart.
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot is so chock full of in-jokes, it bears many, many repeat viewings. Some particular highlights are John Barrowman with his secret wife and kids, Colin Baker standing on top of a tractor at the bottom of his garden to get a better phone signal, and Ian McKellen in full Gandalf garb telling Peter Jackson that his scene in The Hobbit would be better for Sylvester McCoy not being in it.
There’s even a happy(ish) ending as we discover that our intrepid trio of Five, Six and Seven may have made it into the 50th after all. And who could ever forget Russell “The” Davies with brilliant, if unwanted, plans of his own for the half-hour special. “Quelle domage!”
At one point as Doctors Five, Six and Seven attempt to break into the BBC production offices in Cardiff, Colin Baker stops to ask, “Why are we doing this?” To which Davison responds “For the fans.” And wasn’t it just. As a fan, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was and still is an absolute joy.
Watch The Five(ish) Doctors in its full glory below.