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Episode Guide
The Two Doctors
Production Code: 6W
Season 22, Story Number 141
Written by Robert Holmes
Directed by Peter Moffatt

Each episode is identified with date of transmission, duration, ratings in millions, and (for 1963-1974 only) archive status.

Part One
16 February 1985 | 44'22" | 6.6
Part Two
23 February 1985 | 44'49" | 6.0
Part Three
02 March 1985 | 44'45" | 6.9
Archive Status: All three episodes exist as PAL 1” colour videotape, always held by the BBC’s Film and Videotape Library; also held in six 25-minute format episodes by BBC Enterprises. A 71-edit scratch print of episode one also exists.
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown), Patrick Troughton (The Doctor), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Jacqueline Pearce (Chessene), John Stratton (Shockeye), Laurence Payne (Dastari), Aimee Delamain (Doña Arana), James Saxon (Oscar), Carmen Gomez (Anita), Tim Raynham (Varl), Nicholas Fawcett (Technician), Clinton Greyn (Stike)
The second Doctor and Jamie – having left Victoria behind to study Graphology – visit Joinson Dastari (Laurence Payne), Head of Projects on space station Camera, Third Zone. On a mission for the Time Lords, they question him about the time travel experiments of Professors Kartz and Reimer. Whilst in Dastari's office they meet Chessene o' the Franzine Grig (Jacqueline Pearce), an Androgum. The Androgums are a race of voracious gourmands who serve as cooks and menials, but Chessene has been technologically augmented nine times by Dastari, giving her an increased intelligence.

Chessene has used her expanded intelligence to betray the scientists on the space station to the Sontarans. She has offered the commander of the ninth Sontaran Battle Group, Group Marshal Stike (Clinton Greyn), the Kartz–Reimer time module to help his race in their continuing war against the Rutan Host. Chessene drugs the scientists on the space station with calgesic and sabotages the station's defences so that the Sontarans can raid it, killing almost everyone aboard and capturing the second Doctor, whom they intend to dissect in the hope of discovering the Time Lord secret of successful time travel.

One of Chessene's fellow Androgums, Shockeye o' the Quawncing Grig (John Stratton), suggests that the conspirators then head for Earth, where he might savour the delicacy of human flesh. Chessene agrees, as Stike has also suggested that planet – the Sontarans are planning an attack in the Madillon Cluster and Earth is within convenient range.

Chessene, Shockeye, Dastari, the second Doctor and Sontaran Major Varl (Tim Raynham) travel to Earth ahead of Stike and land four km from the Spanish city of Seville, where they occupy a large hacienda owned by an old lady, the Dona Arana (Aimee Delamain), who becomes Shockeye's first human victim. They set up their equipment unaware that their arrival has been observed by Oscar Botcherby (James Saxon), an unemployed English actor, and Anita (Carmen Gomez), his Spanish girlfriend, who were out collecting moths.

In the TARDIS, the sixth Doctor undergoes a strange fainting spell – caused by his second incarnation being tortured by the Sontarans – and decides to visit his old friend Dastari. Arriving at the space station, he and Peri discover the carnage left by the Sontarans twelve days earlier. It has been made to look as if the Time Lords were responsible for the attack, a scenario which the Doctor is reluctant to accept. The station computer (Laurence Payne) has its defences up, so the Doctor and Peri must find some way of getting into the control room and disabling it. They climb through the station's infrastructure, where Peri is attacked by a wild creature – which turns out to be Jamie, deranged after his narrow escape from the Sontarans' attack and his subsequent abandonment in isolation on the station – and the Doctor is temporarily stunned by a defensive blast of vorum gas.

Recovering, the Doctor hypnotises Jamie and, restoring his sanity, learns what really happened in the attack on the station. The Doctor then attempts to communicate telepathically with his second incarnation across space. He hears a tolling bell, identifies it as Santa Maria, the largest bell of the 25 in the Cathedral at Seville on Earth, and determines that his former self is about three miles away from it.

Materialising near to the hacienda, the sixth Doctor, Peri and Jamie meet Oscar and Anita, who assume that they are plain-clothes policemen. Oscar tells them what he and Anita have seen. The Doctor and his companions then attempt to rescue his other incarnation, who has been drugged with siralanomode, but each in turn is captured when Dastari, who had at first appeared to be a prisoner of Chessene, turns out to be a willing conspirator.

Eager to discover the secrets of the Time Lords' immunity to the dangers of time travel, Chessene threatens the Doctor's companions until the sixth Doctor is forced to reveal that all members of his race have a symbiotic print contained within their genes. In the hope that it will enable him to activate the Kartz-Reimer time module, which Stike has now brought to Earth in his ship, Dastari begins a series of operations on the second Doctor to discern this code. He is interrupted, however, as Chessene changes her plan: she now wants the second Doctor implanted with Androgum genes, to turn him into a consort for herself. When Dastari performs the first stage of this operation, the Doctor begins to transform into an Androgum with a huge appetite.

Chessene has intended all along to double-cross the Sontarans, and she attacks them with coronic acid. Varl is killed but a wounded Stike, mistakenly believing the briode-nebuliser within the Kartz–Reimer module to have been primed by the Doctor's Rassilon Imprimatur, attempts to use the device to rejoin his troops in battle. He is badly injured as a result of this and tries to return to his ship, but it has been set to self-destruct by Varl and he is killed in the blast. The sixth Doctor, Peri and Jamie escape from the hacienda and follow the second Doctor and Shockeye into Seville, where they have gone to find a restaurant in which to sate their gargantuan appetites.

Chessene and Dastari are also searching Seville for the Androgums, but the sixth Doctor finds them first as he is led to the restaurant by virtue of the effect which the alien genes in his former body are beginning to have on him. The restaurant, Las Cadenas, is being run by Oscar, who is stabbed to death by Shockeye when he won't accept a twenty narg note in payment for the meal. The second Doctor collapses at the table, his body finally rejecting the Androgum genes as Dastari has not been able to perform the stabilising operation. As they leave the restaurant, both Doctors, Peri and Jamie are recaptured by Chessene and Dastari.

Back at the hacienda, the sixth Doctor tricks Chessene into believing that the briode-nebuliser has been correctly primed. He then attempts to escape, but is pursued by a cleaver-wielding Shockeye. He is forced to kill his attacker, using a cyanide-soaked pad from Oscar's moth-collecting kit, which he finds by a tree. Dastari releases the second Doctor, Peri and Jamie, but Chessene kills Dastari as her bestial nature resurfaces. She then attempts to escape in the time module and is herself killed by molecular disintegration.

The now-recovered second Doctor summons his TARDIS with a Stattenheim remote control and he and Jamie depart. The sixth Doctor and Peri are left to consider the merits of becoming vegetarians.

Synopsis from Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Handbook by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, reprinted with permission; further reproduction is not permitted.

Production Team
Ilsa Rowe (Assistant Floor Manager), Jan Wright (Costumes), Tony Burrough (Designer), John Walker (Film Cameraman), Mike Rowbotham (Film Editor), Peter Howell (Incidental Music), Catherine Davies (Make-Up), John Nathan-Turner (Producer), Patricia O'Leary (Production Assistant), Sue Anstruther (Production Associate), Eric Saward (Script Editor), Dick Mills (Special Sounds), Don Babbage (Studio Lighting), Keith Bowden (Studio Sound), Peter Howell (Theme Arrangement), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Steven Drewett (Visual Effects)
Story Notes
Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines returned to Doctor Who to reprise their roles as the Second Doctor and Jamie, complete with a final appearance in the series of the Sontarans, in a special story written by veteran Who scribe Robert Holmes and shot on location in Seville, Spain. The first segment begins in black and white in homage to their adventures on the series; it later turns to color with the (obviously) older actors intending to portray themselves during their time on the show (complete with a mention of Victoria Waterfield, apparently gone off to study graphology), although it achieves notoriety in fandom because during this adventure Jamie knows of, and they are working for, the Time Lords. Later, fans would postulate that this took place during the much-speculated "season 6B" (which was emphasized in Terrance Dicks' novel "Players"). Originally set to be filmed in New Orleans, "The Two Doctors" suffered by the move of location photography to Seville; the Androgums came to New Orleans to satiate their hunger, while Seville didn't work in the context of the story. Jacqueline Pearce, famous to fans for her portrayal of Servalan on "Blake's 7," at last guest starred in this episode as Chessene (a role originally to be played by Elizabeth Spriggs, who would later visit the series in "Paradise Towers"). The working titles for the story are "The Kraalon Inheritance" (misprinted sometimes as "The Kraglon Inheritance" and "The Androgum Inheritance"; other unconfirmed working titles include "Parallax, " "The Seventh Augmentment" and "Creation". "Androgum" is an anagram of "gourmand," suggestive of their culinary habits; "Dastari" is an anagram of "A TARDIS". This was the last Doctor Who story to be filmed outside the United Kingdom until the 1996 Doctor Who TV film with Paul McGann, and the series' fourth and final Sontaran story. Director Peter Moffatt and costume designer Jan Wright are seen as customers sitting outside the Bar Hosteria del Laurel in part three. Producer John Nathan-Turner carried out some script editing duties on this story while Eric Saward was off-contract writing Revelation of the Daleks. Complementing Peter Howell's radiophonic incidental music were a number of pieces played on Spanish guitar by Les Thatcher. The novelisation was issued as Target Books' 100th adventure, and featured an introduction by John Nathan-Turner. This was Patrick Troughton's final contribution to Doctor Who.
For more in-depth information about the contents of this story, a complete episode-by-episode detailed breakdown can be found at the Doctor Who Reference Guide.
Additional, more detailed information about the production of this story can be found at Shannon Patrick Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel).
DVD release
Released in the UK [September 2003] and Australia/New Zealand [January 2004] (BBC DVD catalog #1213), US/Canada [June 2004] (WHV catalog #E1994); episodic format, photomontage cover illustration (UK version by Clayton Hickman). Includes commentary by Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines, Jacqueline Pearce and director Peter Moffatt; "A Fix With Sontarans," the legendary short mini-episode from "Jim'll Fix It" starring Colin Baker, Janet Fielding, Gareth Jenkins and Jimmy Saville; "Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who" featurette about the work of the acclaimed Doctor Who writer and script editor; "Beneath the Lights," in studio during recording of part of episode one; "Beneath the Sun," VHS-sourced raw takes from the location filming in Spain; "Adventures in Time and Spain," an interview with production manager Gary Downie; "Wavelength," a radio production from 1984 following the cast and crew as they record the story; isolated music soundtrack; production notes and photo gallery. US/Canada release also includes the "Who's Who" option. Easter egg: Clean opening and closing titles from season 22.
Video release
Released as "The Two Doctors" in the UK [November 1993] and Australia/New Zealand [March 1994] (BBC catalog #5148), US/Canada [June 1995] (WHV catalog #E1277); episodic format, cover illustration by Colin Howard.
In Print
Novelised as "Doctor Who - The Two Doctors" by Robert Holmes (Target #100), first released in 1985 with cover art by Andrew Skilleter. Promoted as the "100th Doctor Who book," this featured an introduction by John Nathan-Turner.
For more details on the various novelizations of this story, with additional background material, artwork and details of both UK and foreign releases, visit On Target.
Screencap Descriptions
Descriptions of each story screen capture above right, top to bottom:
  • The opening, black & white sequence, as the Second Doctor and Jamie (Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines) head for the space station
  • Group Marshal Stike (Clinton Greyn) of the Sontaran battle fleet
  • Chessene (Jacqueline Pearce) and Shockeye (John Stratton) discuss dinner plans
  • the sixth Doctor and Peri (Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant) show grave concern
  • the second Doctor, afflicted with Androgum inheritance, befriends Shockeye
  • Dastari (Laurence Payne) may be the real brains behind the operation
  • Oscar (James Saxon) shares a moment with Anita (Carmen Gomez) at the hacienda in Seville
  • the Doctors plans go awry