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Pretty much every single second of the special. To wit:

  • When Sylvester McCoy thinks the former Doctors should recruit Tom Baker, he, Colin Baker and Peter Davison are reluctant to call him, all well aware that Tom has a legendary ruthlessness toward people who make him stoop to tomfoolery. Eventually, Colin gives in after his chickenhearted colleagues won't step up to the plate:
    "Oh, for heaven's sake! I've eaten possum's anus on live television. Couldn't be worse than that. I'LL call him!"
    • Only for Tom Baker's irate voice mail to announce he's not available because he's been sucked into the Time Vortex. Again. Made better because they used the same footage that was used in the original Five Doctors (taken from unfinished story "Shada") when Tom Baker had refused to do that as well.
    • The message is supplied by long-time Tom Baker impersonator Jon Culshaw, who imbues the voicemail message with his parody version of Four's Sophisticated as Hell tendencies.
      Greetings, greetings, greetings. Well, I seem to be stuck in the sodding time vortex. Again. So I can't assist you. Just one of the many regrets of my life. Goodbye, my dears!
  • Peter Davison and his dream about the Doctor Who production team — including Matt Smith and Steven Moffat — welcoming him to the studio.
    • Jenna-Louise Coleman warmly assures Peter Davison that he was her mum's favourite Doctor. One double-take stink-eye later, she amends it to her favourite Doctor.
    • Who else should snap him out of his dream but Tegan herself, Janet Fielding?
  • Sylvester McCoy and his constant bragging about being in The Hobbit. This culminates in a cameo by Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen (in full Gandalf gear), the latter initially having trouble remembering who Sylvester is, before deciding to do his scene without him, because it'll probably be better that way.
    • The description of Sylvester/Radagast: "Little bloke, bird poo..."
    • Gets even funnier when you listen to behind-the-scenes for "The Light at the End", which makes it appear that he is really like that. First, he says that he had the luck of playing three great roles in his life: the Doctor, the Fool in King Lear, and Radagast. He then proceeds to explain how he got the role of Radagast (starting with how he was considered for Bilbo in LotR). When they start talking about stamps made with all of the Doctors, he says that he is on two different stamps, since there is a Radagast stamp in New Zealand.
  • Colin Baker forcing his family to watch one of his old episodes with him, which he bought to replace the copy that "mysteriously" got destroyed.
    "Great news, though! This one has extra features! Even more of me!"
    (everyone else struggles to flee the household)
    "You're wasting your time, I've locked all the doors!"
    • Funnier in that some of the family are so desperate to run from him, they don't even put on shoes.
    • Also the Brick Joke to his earlier complaint that there's no reception at the bottom of his garden, cutting to him randomly standing on a tractor.
  • David Tennant appears and gets a phone call from his wife. She asks him to help out her dad — Peter Davison — while she's in the hospital about to have her baby. David hangs up on her and completely forgets to ask about his kid.
    • The meta aspects of the scene are brilliant. David Tennant's Promoted Fanboy position has now turned him into some bloke whose father-in-law wants to use his connections to get onto the show, while Georgia Moffett is averting the Screaming Birth trope with a casual indifference to Tennant's forgetting about her popping a baby out that says "Eh, knew that would happen" and "At least I get to deal with a doctor who doesn't have a blue box." Talk about your Mundanization.
    • In an earlier scene, Pregnant!Georgia is seen eating ice cream by scooping it out of the carton with an enormous celery stalk.
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  • How about Peter Davison's sons being totally thrilled their brother-in-law David will probably be in the special — and when they realize their father won't be in it, they're even happier!
  • John Barrowman driving the three old Doctors to Cardiff and singing Broadway tunes all the way there. When they get out of the car, he throws them each a John Barrowman CD which they use as payment to get into the Doctor Who Experience exhibition.
    • What clinches it is the fact that the receptionists have a box full of them.
    • The fact that they get the lift by blackmailing John Barrowman after learning his awful Dark Secret — he's straight, married and has kids.
    Sylvester: Blimey!
  • Earlier, John Barrowman snarking at their picketing at BBC Television Centre by pointing out that the new series is filmed in Cardiff.
    Peter: [beat] Bugger.
    • And before John gets there, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy are drinking tea, while Peter Davison stands there with a sign, and they have this little side exchange:
      Colin: Sugar?
      Sylvester: Ah, yes. A decision. Thank you...will it make a difference?
      Colin: What?
      Sylvester: Every great decision creates ripples.
      Colin: In your tea?
      Sylvester: Like a big boulder dropping into a lake.
      Colin: Sylvester, if you don't stop quoting yourself I'll put you back on the plane myself.
      Sylvester: I got it a bit wrong, actually.
  • Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Peter Davison stealing their old costumes and breaking into the TARDIS set, and promptly complaining about every single design change, such as the "spinning things".
    Sylvester: And what the heck are those things? Have they turned it into a helicopter?
  • Culminating in Peter Davison complaining about how the new sets are actually built to be sturdy.
    Peter: And look at this, look! You lean on it and nothing happens! It doesn't wobble at all! I used to love the old wobble!
  • The same three disguising themselves as Daleks to get into the 50th anniversary special. At the end of the short film, Steven Moffat cuts all the footage of those Daleks from the special.
  • When the three are escaping from the studio, an angry assistant - mistaking them for the Dalek operators - tells them they have to stay to play the Zygons. Peter Davison turns around and says "Sorry, must dash!" and then looks immensely proud of himself.
  • Then in a mid-credits scene, we learn they ended up becoming the shrouded Zygons in the Under Gallery.
  • The very fact that Steven Moffat appeared in the special at all is kind of a Moment of Awesome, at least because he's not ignoring the older Doctors entirely and is perfectly willing to poke fun at himself.
  • Steven Moffat looking like he's busy writing, only for the camera to pan out and reveal he's actually playing with figurines of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.
  • The very beginning, where Sean Pertwee and Olivia Colman compare their very prestigious upcoming projects, only to start complaining about how they couldn't even get a look-in to participate in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot:
    Olivia Colman: I'm usually in everything!
  • After cramping themselves into the fake TARDIS prop, causing Peter to become confused why they didn't end up in the "real" TARDIS, Sylvester adopts an expression that makes it clear he thinks Peter has gone absolutely insane.
    Sylvester: (Worried) I think I want to go home now.
  • Slightly before Sylvester chimes in, Colin says to Peter with a look of complete incredulity:
    Colin: You really are from another planet, you know that?
  • One of the security guards on the set refers to Sylvester, Colin and Peter as "illegal aliens".
  • The reveal that Paul McGann and Russell T. Davies are similarly badgering people to get involved in the anniversary and the Five(ish) Doctors Special. The latter's voice mail to Peter containing various pitches for his cameo lasts over 27 minutes.
    • Even better, McGann seemingly disappears after having one scene, despite being listed in the main titles, due to filming commitments. The other Doctors don't know just what filming commitment he has, but the audience does: The Night of the Doctor! And in keeping with the tone of the movie, of course he doesn't tell them!
  • Steven Moffat has a nightmare about floating heads of all the previous companions nagging him about appearing in the anniversary. It culminates in Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) popping up and asking gleefully "It's me, isn't it?!" The floating heads all explode, causing Matthew to go "Now I'll never know if I was right!".
  • The three Dalek operators are all reading the latest issue of Dalek Operator's Gazette.
  • As they're breaking into the studio, one of the Dalek props turns to look at them as they walk past.
    • More Dalek prop humor, when the production assistant is haranguing the Dalek!Doctors, asking them if they understand how lucky they are, and what an honor it is to appear in the episode; the Doctors look at each other and then silently nod their eye-stalks.
  • The whole short is a Moment of Awesome as they've managed to incorporate every living Doctor into the half-hour parody somehow, as well as Ian McKellen and Peter Jackson and several members of the actors' extended families. Except they missed Christopher Eccleston. The funny happens when you realize this means that they skipped Nine.

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