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He arrived early one Saturday evening in November of 1963, a rather tetchy old man in a rickety time-ship that was cleverly disguised as a London police box.

Who? The Doctor, of course. And now, more than 25 years later, the eccentric hero of the long-running BBC sci-fi series is being celebrated with a special anniversary video release from CBS/Fox, three tapes priced at $24.98 each.

All of this material has already been seen on TV - Doctor Who has been carried over the years by both TVO and PBS. But it's a lot more fun without the pledge breaks.

The Five Doctors is the best of the three, a 90-minute Doctor Who "movie" taped in 1983 as a 20th anniversary special, featuring all of the actors who had played the role up to that point. Well, not all. The series' original Doctor, the late William Hartnell, is here portrayed by Richard Hurndall. And Tom Baker, one of the longest-lived and best-loved Doctors, appears only briefly, in a couple of scenes clumsily "borrowed" from another episode.

But the remaining three - Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and then-current Doctor Peter Davison - are more than sufficient, accompanied by some of their most popular travelling companions ... and their most famous foes, the Daleks, the Cybermen and that arch-villain, The Master.

The script, by Who regular Terrance Dicks, involves the various Doctors being scooped out of their respective time-lines and dropped into the middle of "The Death Zone," the ancient site of the deadly "Game Of Rassilon."

The other tapes in the series represent two of the Doctors at their very best.

The Day Of The Daleks is a 90-minute Jon Pertwee adventure from 1972 that features not only the Daleks, those annoying fireplug-like things that roll around yelling "Exterminate! Exterminate!," but also two favorite Doctor Who companions, perky, miniskirted Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and stiff-upper-lipped Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney).

The Deadly Assassin is a must for fans of Tom Baker, who played The Doctor from 1974 to 1981. This 1976 special has him returning to his home planet of Gallifrey after experiencing a horrifying vision in which he sees himself assassinate the Time Lord president. And then, right in the middle of his trial for the crime, he suddenly announces his intention to run for the job himself.

How like The Doctor.

GRAPHIC: color drawing the 5 doctors: Richard Hurndall, John Pertwee, Peter Davidson, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker

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