Looking back at Multi-Doctor stories in light of upcoming Multi-Master story

By: ; Date: April 23, 2017

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It's been announced that, before the end of this season, the John Simms Master will play opposite Michele Gomez's Missy. May Roger DelGado rest in peace, but having multiple Master incarnations meet could be immensely exciting. It also violates various 'laws of time' for multiple incarnations of the same person to meet and interact. Think of what happened in 'Fathers Day' when Rose met not only her Dad and Mom, but herself as a baby. Even so, we've seen multiple Doctor's team up on multiple incarnations, and it wasn't a smooth ride. To get a sense of the fireworks likely to ensue with multiple Master's, let's review the times multiple incarnations of The Doctor appeared at the same place.

The Three Doctors

Legendary renegade Time Lord, Omega, was causing serious havoc for Gallifrey. In response, the Time Lords sent the 2nd and 3rd Doctor's together, to be joined later by the 1st Doctor, to Omega's abode. Omega was described as the "solar engineer" who created the "supernova" from which the Time Lords drew the power required to run Gallifrey. He wanted to be free from his trap so Omega could travel the universe again.

When the 2nd Doctor appeared inside the TARDIS, he explained that the violation of the First Law of Time was deemed necessary by the seriousness of the situation. Hence, having multiple incarnations of a Time Lord in one place violates some kind of law.

Initially the Time Lords wanted to send only the 2nd and 3rd Doctor's, but their bickering drove the Time Lords to also send the 1st Doctor.

In other words - the theme of their relationship was hostility towards each other.

The Second Doctor meets the Third Doctor - The Three Doctors - Doctor Who - BBC

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Gallifrey, the Time Lords homeworld, is under attack. Stuck on Earth in a strange energy field, Jo, the Doctor and Sergeant Benton are trapped inside the TAR...

The Three Doctors Unite! - The Three Doctors - Doctor Who - BBC

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Upon seeing the bickering between the two Doctors, the Time Lords decide to send in more reinforcements -- this time in the shape of the First Doctor. Can he...

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William Hartnell's deteriorating health was to see The Three Doctors as his last outing as the travelling Timelord. It was uncertain whether he could commit ...

Doctor Who Trailer: The Three Doctors

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Trailer for the 1973 'Doctor Who' serial 'The Three Doctors'. Music by VideoHelper and X-Ray Dog. © 2012 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Exclusive First Look: Pertwee and Troughton - Doctor Who - The Three Doctors

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Production team members share their memories of working with actors Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, who played The Doctor in the 1960s and 1970s. See more...

The Three Doctors - Picture Gallery (1973)

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The First Doctor - William Hartnell The Second Doctor - Patrick Troughton The Third Doctor - Jon Pertwee

The Five Doctors

Another legendary renegade Time Lord, Rassilon, had been trapped in a crypt in the Death Zone on Gallifrey.

Lord President Borusa arranged to use a "Time Scoop" to bring five incarnations of The Doctor, various of his Companions, plus The Master, into the Death Zone. He was playing an insane power game having learned that Rassilon could offer immortality. That turned out to be a trap, however.

But what we're interested in is their interaction. In this case there was a bit of bickering, but generally they got along.

The Doctors Reunite - Doctor Who - The Five Doctors - BBC

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The Doctors battle for dominance and intellectual high-ground whilst the Master seeks immortality. Classic clip from the 1983 feature-length story 'The Five ...

Kidnapping the Doctors - Doctor Who - The Five Doctors - BBC

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The past and the future catch up with the Brigadier and the five generations of The Doctor. Great chunks of the past fade away for Peter Davison's Doctor Who...

Seeking Immortality - Doctor Who - The Five Doctors - BBC

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Generations of the Doctor work together to try to defeat their enemy in the Games of Ratalon. But will they all succomb to a nightmarish trick to lure them a...

The Five Doctors - Outtakes

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the outtakes for the five doctors aka peter davison and company (get it its a k-9 and company reference) being hot (especially peter, i mean hot DAMN) taken ...

Exclusive! The Five Doctors -- Official Doctor Who 50th Celebration

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In an EXCLUSIVE video we capture the moment when a select group of Time Lords come together to mark 50 years of Doctor Who. Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin B...

Doctor Who | The Five Doctors Trailer | Day of the Doctor Style

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A new trailer for the 20th anniversary story the Five Doctors using the Day of the Doctor trailer as a template. Special thanks to Daniel Mullholland for the...

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot: Trailer - Doctor Who 50th Anniversary - BBC

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The Two Doctors

The 2nd Doctor and Jaime were sent by the Time Lords to contact space/time researchers on a remote space station. The Time Lords wished to warn of damage to the fabric of time by the research. However, one of the staff has some other plans involving stealing the technology for their own purpose.

That leads to a situation where the 2nd Doctor, Jaime, the 6th Doctor, and Peri, are collaborating to stop the risk.

The two Doctor's were separated for most of the story, but once they met up they tended to get along.

Snap! Two Doctors Meet - Doctor Who - The Two Doctors - BBC

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In the cellar, Sontaran Stike threatens to kill Jamie unless the Sixth Doctor gets into the module and primes it with his symbiotic print. Stike is about to ...

The Doctor Explains Himself to Jamie - Doctor Who - The Two Doctors

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Jamie isn't usually this, well, slow, but I think we can attribute it to his recent trauma. In any case, I still think it's funny. From the 1985 Colin Baker ...

Doctor Who- The Two Doctors (2012 fan trailer)

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The second Doctor goes missing while on a secret mission for the Timelords, and the sixth Doctor quickly realizes there is more than one problem waiting for ...

Doctor Who: The Two Doctors Event

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Doctor Who: The Two Doctors Event. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetotheBFI. Actors Frazer Hines and Tony Selby, script editor and writer Eric Saward and s...

Nerd World Problems: Doctor Who Episodic Evaluation - The Two Doctors

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The Two Doctors was a very risky move, throwing a classic Doctor in with an incoming one. The Two Doctors doesn't have the greatest reputation and is not abo...

Journey's End

Technically this isn't a multi-Doctor adventure, since it involves a created version of the Doctor rather than multiple incarnations. In this story the Daleks had concocted a crazy scheme involving stealing 27 planets from around the cosmos for some kind of crazy energy something or other that would create a Reality Bomb that would destroy all universes everywhere. Why? Who knows. But, the story involved two instances of the 10th Doctor.

The 10th Doctor had begun a regeneration after being shot by a Dalek. But, since David Tennants contract with the BBC hadn't finished, he shot the Doctor regeneration energy into his spare hand that was stored in a tank in the TARDIS console room. Later, that spare hand regenerated into an instance of the Doctor which was imbued with human whatever due to the presence of Donna Noble.

Eventually the human-Doctor committed a genocide, because he destroyed the Daleks and their Crucible. For this "sin" he was exiled to the alternate dimension in which Rose Tyler lived. As a human-Doctor, he had only one heart, could not regenerate, and would grow old and die in a normal human rate so that he and Rose could live happily ever after together.

The Two Doctors - Journey's End - Doctor Who - BBC

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As Davros and the Daleks threaten the entire universe, the Doctor and his team join forces to destroy them. Jack is hit by a Dalek, but it looks like he and ...

The Two Doctors Become Three! - Journey's End - Doctor Who - BBC

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The end of the universe has come. Or has it? Donna, who can't even change a plug, has ended up with Time Lord knowledge during her metamorphosis with the Doc...

Doctor Who - Journey's End - Rose and the Metacrisis Doctor

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The Almost People

Technically this doesn't count as a multi-Doctor adventure, since it involves a simulated version of the Doctor rather than multiple incarnations. In this story, The Doctor and Amy and Rory landed on an island where simulated people were used to conduct dangerous life-threatening people. Simulated as in, bodies were grown in a tank of goop and that the "real" person would animate the simulated body. The simulated body could do a dangerous thing, and be killed, and the "real" person would be able to live. Sometime later the technology was seemingly used to create a fake version of Amy Pond, as well as a fake version of Melody Pond as a baby.

Anyway, this setup gave the opportunity for there to be two versions of the 11th Doctor. This involved some creepy narcissist self love thing.

Two Doctors Are Better Than One - The Almost People - Doctor Who - BBC

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The Doctor asks his Ganger to describe Cybermats to prove that he is actually him. Amy then asks the workers if there are any weapons the Gangers could get t...

The Day of the Doctor

For the 50th Anniversary, on November 23, 2013, the BBC set up a multi-Doctor story involving the 10th and 11th incarnations, as well as a previously unknown incarnation, The War Doctor, occurring between the 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) and the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). The major issue in the story was The Time War and a rewriting of that history and the Doctor's involvement in its ending.

While most of the action involved those three Doctors working together (of sorts), the culmination involved all 12 (no, 13) incarnations of The Doctor. The idea presented in the story is that a psychic message/idea was sent to all his incarnations, so that all 13 instances of the TARDIS could be employed to pop Gallifrey out of its time stream.

As for the relationship, there is a bit of friction between the Doctor's but not a lot.

No sir, all THIRTEEN! - Peter Capaldi's 1st Scene as Twelfth Doctor - The Day of the Doctor - BBC

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The Daleks are attacking Gallifrey en masse, but luckily the Doctors have a plan. In this now infamous scene at the War Table all thirteen Doctors unite to s...

Eleventh Doctor Meets The Tenth Doctor - Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor - BBC

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The Doctor and Clara have been called to the National Portrait Gallery to investigate some very strange paintings, but instead the Doctor runs into, well, hi...

Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor - The Three Doctors

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The Day of The Doctor: How many children were on Gallifrey.

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Doctor Who - Day of The Doctor - TARDIS Scene

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I love everything about this special for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who!!! And this is my favorite Scene!!

The Eleventh Doctor Meets The Curator (Tom Baker) - Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor - BBC

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With Gallifrey saved (they hope) the Doctors say their goodbyes, but left alone with the painting, the current Doctor meets a very familiar face. Subscribe h...

Twelve Doctors Stand Together - The Doctor Dreams - Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor - BBC

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The three Doctors enter UNIT - The Day of the Doctor

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