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[[caption-width-right:350:It's a nostalgic tour de [[FreudianSlip farce]]! (Wait...) [[note]]Doth thine eyes deceive thee? [[BrickJoke It's the Sixth Doctor's coat of clashing cacophonous colours again!!!]][[/note]]]]

->''"I, I mean '''we''', are difficult to get rid of!"''
-->-- '''The Seventh Doctor'''

As 1993 approached, the fanbase of ''Series/DoctorWho'' slowly worked themselves into a frenzy. Creator/TheBBC started re-airing certain specials of the old series (no new ones, though, as it had been can-- er, put on extended hiatus four years earlier). Books came out to discuss ''Doctor Who'' and a fantastic movie-length special was announced that would involve all the still-living Doctors and a villain's plot to throw the Whoniverse out of whack -- resulting in a "Dark Dimension" where the Fourth Doctor somehow never regenerated into the Fifth at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]].

[[WhatCouldHaveBeen This is not that story]]. This is what happened instead.

The start of this little special, aired in two less-than-10-minute parts, begins rather innocently enough -- the Rani brags about doing awesome things with time and has already captured the first two Doctors (now infected with FloatingHeadSyndrome; said crappy head models are in 3D, modeled with 1993's finest-quality computer graphics, to make this extra-gimmicky). The Fourth Doctor, now inexplicably short-haired, decides to send out an SOS to his other selves, begging for them to listen to him "for once". The Seventh Doctor and Ace, apparently fresh from the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Cheetah Planet of Doom]], land in the middle of the ''Series/EastEnders'' soap opera -- quite literally -- and meander about.

Somehow, thanks to the Rani's machinations, the Doctor starts shuffling through his Third, Fifth, and Sixth incarnations, with Ace continually being replaced by a corresponding companion: Sarah Jane, Susan Foreman (okay, scratch that "corresponding" bit), Peri ''and'' Nyssa, Mel, Liz, Victoria, Romana II, and so on. The Rani gloats to the Doctor (pick one; she does it at any point, and the Doctor doesn't miss a beat when he shifts, apparently) as she summons up old enemies. Time in the ''[=EastEnders=]'' set shuffles around between 1993, 20 years ago, and 20 years later. Things pick up the pace, the audience gets really confused, and then the Rani captures Leela while she's in the form of Romana II. This somehow screws up the Rani's machine by having two Time Brains in her computer, with the Seventh Doctor commenting that it'll explode. [[MissingStepsPlan Fair enough.]] UNIT shows up as well in the middle of all that, including the Brigadier in a helicopter. In the end, the Seventh Doctor and Ace return to their TARDIS and ride off.

And the Rani is still not very good at her job.

This is all somehow tied in with the ''[=EastEnders=]'' soap opera. Oh, and then this was supposed to be a little longer, but the guy hosting the second half of the serial demanded it be cut down because... well, [[TheyJustDidntCare he never gave a reason]]. Was aired on the basis that it could never be released on VHS. However, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes fan recordings proliferated]] the internet.

This was Creator/JonPertwee's last appearance as the Doctor in an official setting before his death three years later, RIP. His final performance as the Doctor in a filmed ''Doctor Who'' story, sets, location shoots and all, was technically in 1995, for the fan production ''Devious''. As a point of trivia, this is also Tom Baker's first reprisal of his role (barring the unearthed [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada}} "Shada"]]) since departing the series in '81, and he won't be back again for some twenty-odd years. Scared away, no doubt. Creator/NicholasCourtney finally gets to be featured alongside Sixth Doctor Colin Baker -- meaning that he's the ''only'' actor to be featured alongside all seven original Doctors at any point in time in the TV show ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan He was also almost-companion Bret Vyon]]), and alongside all the original eight if you count ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho''.

However, this special has been considered non-canon by the official sources because of its comparatively nonsensical premise to the rest of the series proper (a sigh of relief for some fans who take continuity [[SeriousBusiness seriously]]). The ''New Adventures'' novel ''First Frontier'' drops a mention of this special as [[AllJustADream a nightmare the Seventh Doctor once had]], which is probably the best definition of this episode. (No, [[FreudianSlip not a nightmare]]- a weird dream! You're reading a bit too much into this, aren't you?)

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If you are curious, a dedicated group of fans made "The Dark Dimension" a reality as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rilhirixZxs "Lost in the Dark Dimension"]] 21 years later on YouTube. And though the animation is quite limited, the writing itself is splendid. We finally got what we asked for and not a pile of rub...[[LastSecondWordSwap bery]] plot lines strung together to make a rather strange [[FanWank byproduct akin to farfetched fan fiction]]. See, [[BlatantLies we don't have any problems with this special at all!]]
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!!Tropes
* AllYourPowersCombined: The Seventh Doctor ultimately frees his other selves from the Rani's grasp using the power of editing.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]] & BadassInDistress:[[invoked]] Both [[Creator/WilliamHartnell Bill Hartnell]] and Creator/PatrickTroughton had passed on by this point, resulting in their Doctors getting sidelined.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Mike Yates does this to the Rani's gun when he arrives in Bessie to rescue the Doctor.
* TheBusCameBack: Briefly for many of the Doctor's past companions, including Susan, Victoria, Liz Shaw, Mike Yates, The Brigadier, Sarah Jane Smith, Leela, K9, Romana II, Nyssa, Peri, and Ace. Can also apply to the past Doctors who make a return appearance, including the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Tom Baker addressing his other incarnations as "my dears" deserves to be stricken from the record permanently.
** Later authors have declared this one of the Doctor's [[AllJustADream many nightmares]] -- along with [[Recap/DoctorWho1985JFIGSAFixWithSontarans a similarly-regarded story]] and the TV Comic stories for the First Doctor. Note that ''Series/EastEnders'' [[MutuallyFictional is considered a TV show in the]] Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}.
** ''[=EastEnders=]'' also tosses it out of continuity, as characters who actually have long since died after this special aired are seen in the "future" presented by the Rani. Also, as with ''Doctor Who'', [[MutuallyFictional the science-fiction program is just that in the universe of]] ''[=EastEnders=]''. Which makes this just one hell of a mess for everyone involved.
** According to the special's page on the official BBC site for Who Classic, the entire thing's just a Rani-induced hallucination of the Seventh Doctor.
** Leela's [[DoesNotLikeShoes bootless]], Colin's abandoned his silly eighties perm with a tamer hairdo, outdone by the fact Tom Baker's hair curls are long lost relics, along with many other costume snafus.
* Series/ChildrenInNeed: The first ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode made specifically for the charity, and the second one in the classic series, the first being [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]], which aired during the 1983 appeals.
* CloneArmy: The Rani's menagerie. The Fifth Doctor gets cornered in Greenwich by a parade of classic series monsters, including the infamous [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS23E3TerrorOfTheVervoids}} Vervoid]], the [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire}} dragon]], and a Time Lord pointing a pistol(!).
* ExcusePlot: Even for a children's special, the plot doesn't make a lick of sense. Pairing the Doctors off with the wrong companions was another strange choice: Three is paired with Peri, while Six ends up with ''Susan'', leaving her little to do but whimper "Barbara!" and "Grandfather!" At least Five gets it right. (Nyssa's age and appearance here can even be explained by the Big Finish audios.)
* {{Fanservice}}: Of the non-sexual kind. Why else would numerous Doctors and companions be brought together?
* IntercontinuityCrossover
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: A fully-stocked laboratory miraculously appears when the Doctor realizes he has to rig up a device. Presumably it was the Rani's -- but she set it up ''outside'' her TARDIS and in broad daylight...?
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Sylvester really sells his dialogue here, bless him.
-->"She's attempting to transfer a massive time tunnel... ''(flails arm wildly)'' ...to the Greenwich Meridian!"
* MookMaker: Leela/Romana explains that the Rani's TARDIS is producing the menagerie.
* NewspaperDating: Right after the TARDIS lands, the Seventh Doctor checks a newspaper in a rubbish bin to see what year they've landed in.
* ReunionShow
* TakeOurWordForIt: The Rani's TARDIS has trapped the Doctor in London's East End via a time tunnel that is about to re-materialize in Greenwich. Really! Depressingly, little effort is made to make the plinth look like a TARDIS; the shot opens with Leeta standing around rather cluelessly in front of it. [[BlatantLies Wait, did we say depressingly? We meant... surprisingly! Yes, surprisingly!]]
* ThreeDimensionalEpisode: With a one-dimensional script, zing. [[BlatantLies Not that we have a problem with the special, no sir!]]
* TwoDecadesBehind: Perhaps the biggest WTF moment to be had in "Dimensions in Time": Leela leaping out of the Rani's TARDIS barefoot and wearing full [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]] regalia.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Ace takes the replacement of her Doctor with a multicolored giant in stride. Ditto for the other companions materializing out of nowhere, apart from Susan Foreman; she's distressed by the absence of 'her' Doctor.
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What? You think we were going to say "rubbish"? No, we were reminded of Joseph [[UnfortunateNames Rubeish]], a bumbling professor from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E1TheTimeWarrior The Time Warrior]]" who was written loads more competent compared to the writing in... [[BaitAndSwitchComment that dreaded work called]] ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''. What a mess that debacle was!

See- we have ''[[SarcasmMode NOTHING]]'' against this story, really!

[[{{Beat}} ...]]

[[TheReveal Okay, maybe we do.]] [[note]]Still, at least it offered one last coat joke. Now we're officially done with them.[[/note]]