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Five meets Ten
Watch this before you watch ‘Voyage of the Damned’.
This is an 8-minute ‘Children-in-Need’ mini-episode that was shown on the 16th of November 2007. This is really exciting for ‘Doctor Who’ fans as the Doctor meets…well, himself. It’s David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor meeting Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor. This had me excited when I saw it.
I’d seen Peter Davison’s Doctor before in stories like ‘Earthshock’, ‘The Five Doctors’ and ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’. When discovering that Peter would be appearing with David Tennant’s Doctor in a ‘Doctor Who’ mini-episode for ‘Children in Need’, I got immensely excited.
It was a dream come true for me, since I wanted there to be an episode where a new series Doctor meets a classic series Doctor. Even for an 8-minute episode like ‘Time Crash’, a meeting like this doesn’t get any better since Peter Davison and David Tennant are so well-matched here.
‘Time Crash’ is by Steven Moffat and was directed by Graeme Harper (who directed Peter Davison before in ‘The Caves of Androzani’). I really love how the Fifth and Tenth Doctors meet each other, since the Tenth Doctor is in awe of meeting his previous self like a ‘Doctor Who’ fan.
The Fifth Doctor doesn’t know who this ‘skinny idiot’ is and doesn’t take him seriously. I love the comparisons between the Fifth and Tenth Doctors with the brainy specs and trainers. I also love Ten’s comments on ‘the hat, coat, the crickety cricket stuff, the…stick of celery, yeah’ with Five
Peter hasn’t lost his Doctor, despite having aged since the last time he appeared in the TV series. He continues to impress as the Fifth Doctor. He’s done plenty of Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’ especially with Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. I love Peter’s lines of dialogue for this mini-episode.
David’s Doctor compliments Peter’s Doctor during the mini-episode. It was great to see these two together and it was very fitting, since Peter began the trend of young Doctors in the new series. David follows a line of actors playing ‘the old man in a young man’s body’ in the TV series.
I loved it when the Tenth Doctor makes reference to previous people and adventures in the Fifth Doctor’s life including Nyssa and Tegan; the Cybermen and the Mara; Time Lords in funny hats and the Master. I found it funny when the Master’s rubbish beard got a mention in the episode.
For me, ‘Time-Crash’ is the best multi-Doctor story from the new series of ‘Doctor Who’. Peter Davison and David Tennant became my favourite Doctors from the series. It gives me great joy watching this mini-episode with the two of them together. This ends with the Titanic crashing in.
‘Time-Crash’ rating – 10/10
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