Serial 6W:
The Two Doctors
Working Titles: The Kraalon Inheritance, The Kraglon Inheritance, The Androgum Inheritance, Parallax, The Seventh Augmentment, Creation.
Starring: Patrick Troughton (The Second Doctor), Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown).
The Time Lords send the Second Doctor and Jamie to Space Station D7 to put an end to time travel experiments going on there. The Doctor is captured by his former friend Dastari, whose augmented Androgum, Chessene, has entered into a deal with the Sontarans to break Gallifrey's monopoly on time travel. When the Sixth Doctor and Peri also arrive on Station D7, Jamie teams up with them to rescue his Doctor and stop the ruthless Chessene from propagating her malice throughout time and space.
Doctor Who had become a cult sensation in North America during the mid-Seventies. When John Nathan-Turner became the programme's producer and began investigating the possibility of taking Doctor Who filming abroad, amongst the first locales he chose was the United States, hoping that Lionheart, the BBC's North American distributor, could come on board with the coproduction dollars needed to fund the excursion. Nathan-Turner wanted to use an American writer for the project, and in April 1981 contacted Lesley Thomas, who was living in London doing consulting work with British production companies. Thomas' storyline, called Way Down Yonder, was not consider suitable, however, and the idea was shelved.
In the aftermath, Nathan-Turner successfully took Doctor Who to both Amsterdam (for Arc Of Infinity) and Lanzarote (for Planet Of Fire). Planning for Season Twenty-Two toward the end of 1983, the producer decided to revive the idea of going overseas, specifically to New Orleans, Louisiana. Lionheart gave Nathan-Turner a verbal guarantee of the requisite funding; all that was needed now was a script. At the encouragement of script editor Eric Saward, Nathan-Turner approached Robert Holmes, who had just completed the Fifth Doctor's swansong, The Caves Of Androzani. In addition to the New Orleans setting, Nathan-Turner had two additional requirements to impose on Holmes: he wanted to bring back the Sontarans, which Holmes had created a decade earlier, and also wanted to feature the Second Doctor and Jamie. Their respective actors, Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, had greatly enjoyed making the twentieth anniversary telefilm The Five Doctors, despite the fact that Hines had secured only a day's release from his TV series Emmerdale Farm. He would be taking a longer vacation in 1984, however, and this raised the possibility of a full-fledged reteaming of their two characters. Nathan-Turner also wanted this serial to stretch to three forty-five minute episodes (equivalent to a traditional six-parter), a length which had not been attempted since he became producer.
As he had been when approached to script what would become The Five Doctors, Holmes was uncomfortable with being forced to include so many elements in his storyline. He was particularly wary of the New Orleans location, seeing little to draw from the setting. He was, however, keen to redress what he believed was poor characterisation of the Sontarans in their two most recent appearances (The Sontaran Experiment and The Invasion Of Time, neither of which he wrote himself). What clinched the assignment for him, however, was his creation of an alien race inspired by New Orleans' fame as a culinary centre. These were the Kraalons, inspiring the story's initial title: The Kraalon Inheritance, the first episode of which was commissioned on February 13th, 1984 (another documented name, The Kraglon Inheritance, appears to simply be a misprint). Holmes later renamed his creations the Androgums -- an anagram of "gourmands" -- and the title was correspondingly altered to The Androgum Inheritance. Other unconfirmed working titles include Parallax, The Seventh Augmentment and Creation; by July it had received its final, more prosaic title of The Two Doctors.
In the interim, disaster struck. During the spring, Lionheart informed the production office that it would not be able to acquire the necessary funding after all. Even though BBC Enterprises had also agreed to provide some extra money, it would not be nearly enough to permit a trip overseas. Nathan-Turner approached the Head of Drama for an increased budget for the serial, but this was declined on April 16th. The United States shoot would have to be abandoned. Venice was briefly considered as an alternative, until it was realised that the crush of tourists, plus the higher costs in Italy, would be prohibitive. Production associate Sue Anstruther then proposed Seville, Spain, which could be achieved as long as the cast and crew agreed to a vastly reduced per diem.
Holmes reluctantly agreed to rewrite his scripts for the new location, although he was bitterly disappointed that much of the humour he had devised, including verbal jokes about the differences between England and the United States, had to be discarded. Fortunately, Holmes' settings were mostly easy to translate: New Orleans' French Quarter became Seville's Arab Quarter, a plantation house became the hacienda, the banks of the Mississippi became an olive grove, and so forth.
An unusual and controversial element of Holmes' script was the material for the Second Doctor and Jamie. Holmes decided to eschew established continuity and portrayed the pair as working directly for the Time Lords, with Jamie being aware of the Doctor's background. Despite this, Holmes did explain the absence of a female companion by including a line about Victoria having been temporarily dropped off to study graphology.
The director assigned to Serial 6W was Peter Moffatt, who had last handled the Sixth Doctor's introductory story, The Twin Dilemma, at the end of the previous season. Moffatt originally hoped to have twelve days in Seville followed by eight studio days back in London; this was later trimmed to ten and six days, respectively. Cast and crew departed England for Spain on August 8th, with filming to begin the following day. Troubles plagued the trip right from the start, when the case containing all the wigs and Androgum eyebrows went missing en route. Further troubles arose several days later when it was discovered that some of the material of James Saxon (Oscar) and Carmen Gomez (Anita) in the olive grove had been ruined by a scratch on the negative. Unfortunately, Saxon and Gomez had already returned to England, and therefore needed to be despatched back to Seville at enormous cost to the production office. Meanwhile, several crewmembers ended up making cameo appearances in the location material. Moffatt and costume designer Jan Wright can be seen outside the Restaurant del Larel in the final episode, while Spanish aristocrat Mercedes Carnegie (the wife of Donald Carnegie, Assistant at the British Consul), who had assisted with location scouting, played the woman who throws Dastari a flower.
Studio work took place in three two-day blocks (instead of a two-day session followed by two three-day sessions, as first intended), fortnightly on Thursdays and Fridays beginning August 30th. For the scene of the Second Doctor and Jamie in the TARDIS, the old console used until The King's Demons was pressed back into service. In post-production, this sequence was processed to start off in monochrome with the colour gradually fading in. During the second block, on September 14th, Fifth Doctor Peter Davison made a surprise appearance on the set during a pause in recording for his series L Driver, which was being taped in the adjacent studio. Despite losing so many days from his original plan, Moffatt had managed to film extra scenes on location which had been scripted for the studio; because of this, the final studio day wrapped up unusually early.
The Two Doctors was the final Doctor Who serial for both Troughton and Hines. Although Troughton gleefully expressed the desire to make a further secret appearance on the programme inside a monster costume, this never transpired. He suffered a fatal heart attack on March 28th, 1987, while attending a Doctor Who convention in Columbus, Georgia. This serial also marked Moffatt's final contribution to the series; he continued working in television thereafter, including such series as All Creatures Great And Small and EastEnders. Although the third series made for Season Twenty-Two, it was later decided to broadcast The Two Doctors fourth, achieving a more balanced schedule for the year.