The Wrong Doctors
Colin Baker (the Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Mel), Tony Gardner (Stapleton Petherbridge), James Joyce (Jedediah Thurwell), Patricia Leventon (Mrs Wilberforce), Beth Chalmers (Vaneesh), John Banks (Ksllak)
With Evelyn gone, the Doctor sets course for his destiny. in the form of his first meeting with Miss Melanie Bush, a computer programmer from the village of Pease Pottage, currently busy rehearsing with the local Amateur Dramatic Society – and blissfully unaware that her future is on its way, in his TARDIS.
Make that two TARDISes. Because at that very moment, a slightly younger Doctor is flying into Pease Pottage, too – returning his future companion Melanie Bush to her rightful place and time, after they were flung together during the course of his Time Lord trial.
Time travel is a complicated business – the iguanadon terrorising Pease Pottage being a case in point. But how much more complicated could things possibly become, if the wrong Doctor were to bump into the wrong Mel?
- The Wrong Doctors was the first story in the 2013 trilogy
- The younger Doctor is wearing his multi-coloured coat whereas the older Doctor is wearing his blue one.
- When the older Doctor realises that he has crossed his timestream, he is relieved that it is not another incarnation with their scarves, frills or celery.
- The younger Doctor describes Mel as “invisible and ineffectual.”
- The younger Doctor thanks Mel for testifying on his behalf at his trial. (The Ultimate Foe)
- The younger Doctor mentions that his future self is wearing Necros mourning colours, namely blue. (Revelation of the Daleks)
- The younger Doctor uses K9 Mark II’s dog whistle to control the Baryonyx. (The Ribos Operation)
- As the younger Mel dies, she tells the older Doctor that she prefers his multi-coloured coat. He promises to begin wearing it again. (Terror of the Vervoids)
- The older Doctor advises his younger self to brush up on his history and recommends that he take a trip to Sheffield Hallam University. (The Marian Conspiracy)
- The older Doctor proves his identity to the younger by telepathic contact. (The Three Doctors onwards)