The Two Doctors
16 February 1985
Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who), Frazer Hines (Jamie), John Stratton (Shockeye), Jacqueline Pearce (Chessene), Laurence Payne (Dastari), Aimee Delamain (Dona Arana) , James Saxon (Oscar), Carmen Gomez (Anita), Tim Raynham (Varl), Nicholas Fawcett (Technician) , Clinton Greyn (Stike) [2-3].
|Written by||Robert Holmes|
|Directed by||Peter Moffatt|
|Produced by||John Nathan Turner|
When the 6th Doctor lands on a space station in the Third Zone, he suspects he’s been there before and when he discovers his old assistant – Jamie – he’s certain.
Accompanied by Jamie and his present assistant Peri, the Doctor follows himself (in his second incarnation) to 20th Century Seville. There he discovers his old enemies, the Sontarans, about to dissect him in a genetic operation.
But just why are they operating on the Doctor? And how will their findings aid their enslavement of the universe? Deadly questions to which the Doctors must find answers in order to escape their own excruciating death
- Second Doctor’s association with the Time Lords appears to contradict The War Games, in which he’s sentenced to exile and forced to regenerate immediately following his capture. There subsequently developed in fandom the “Season 6b” theory, which suggests that he was sent on a series of covert missions by the Celestial Intervention Agency (introduced in The Deadly Assassin) before hie exile began. This theory has since been affirmed by the novels Players and World Game. According to World Game, the events of The Two Doctors follow on immediately afterwards, and the Time Lords have altered Jamie’s memories to make him believe that Victoria is still travelling with them.
- See the continuity notes for World Game for some speculation involving the Sixth Doctor’s sudden collapse and mental link with his second self, and its relationship to the apparent contradictions between Players and World Game.
- Following these events, the Doctor becomes an on-off vegetarian throughout the rest of his sixth incarnation and a more permanent one for all of his seventh incarnation, stopping it after his seventh regeneration.
- This story had working titles of The Kraalon Inheritance and The Androgum Inheritance. The Kraglon Inheritance also appears on some BBC paperwork, but this may possibly be a misspelling of ‘Kraalon’. Other rumoured working titles are Parallax, The Seventh Augmentment and Creation, but these do not appear in any known documentation.
- The story opens in black and white, with a scene featuring the Second Doctor and Jamie, which then gradually transitions to colour.
- This story features Patrick Troughton’s final performance as the Doctor.
- This story, like many of Season 22, was produced in forty-five minute episodes. When sold to other countries such as Australia and America, the episodes were edited into six twenty-five-minute episodes with new cliff-hangers added, including Peri’s collapse on the space station, Anita leading the Doctor to Chessene’s hideout and the Doctor struggling against the Androgum genes infecting his timeline.
- Jacqueline Pearce, better known as Servalan in Blake’s 7, appears here as Chessene.
- Radio Times credits John Stratton (Shockeye) as ‘Shockeye o’ the Quancin’ Grig’ for Part One.
James Saxon (Oscar) is credited as ‘Oscar Botcherby’ in Radio Times.
- James Saxon (Oscar) would go on to appear as Darcey de Farcey, Roland Rat’s dodgy manager, in the first season of Roland Rat – The Series (1986-87).
- This is the last serial of the 1963-89 series to be filmed on the European continent, ending an occasional tradition that had begun with City of Death and continued in Arc of Infinity and Planet of Fire. The next such occasion was The Fires of Pompeii, filmed in Italy in 2008. The revived series returned to Spain again for the filming of A Town Called Mercy in 2012, though the story was set in Nevada.
- This is one of the most violent stories in the series’ history, featuring multiple stabbings and knife wounds, blood spillage (human, Time Lord and Sontaran), the attempted cooking and eating of humans and the killing of Shockeye by the Doctor by cyanide poisoning. This is reflected in the serial’s mortality rate: Anita is the sole non-Doctor/non-companion character to survive its conclusion.
- The idea of the Second Doctor being operated on with the intent of removing a unique Time Lord genetic trait was part of Holmes’ aborted script for The Six Doctors. In the script, the Cybermen planned to extract a unique organic mechanism from the Doctor and place it in themselves, becoming “Cyberlords”.
Originally, this story was set in New Orleans and the Androgums, with their obsession with cooking and eating, were created with the city’s culinary reputation in mind.
- Laurence Payne (Dastari) also supplies the voice of the Space Station Chimera computer but was uncredited on-screen. He had previously played Johnny Ringo in The Gunfighters, a role for which Troughton had been considered, and Morix in The Leisure Hive.
- Clinton Greyn (Stike) previously played Ivo in State of Decay.