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Doctor Who (1996)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  14 May 1996 (USA)
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The newly-regenerated Doctor takes on the Master on the turn of the millennium, 31 December 1999.

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The Doctor, an alien time traveller from the planet Gallifrey, is transporting the remains of his nemesis, the Master back to their homeworld. However the Master is not as dead as the Doctor thinks. The Master's essence escapes and sabotages the TARDIS, the Doctor's time machine causing it to crash land in San Franscisco on December 30th 1999. The Doctor requires a beryllium atomic clock to repair the TARDIS, but is shot as he leaves it. Taken to hospital, the Doctor's seventh regeneration is triggered by a surgeon, confused by his alien physiology, while the Master takes over a paramedic's body. He needs a Time Lord's body to survive and be able to regenerate again so he needs the Doctor's. The newly regenerated the Doctor must fight to save his own eighth body, and the world when the Master sabotages the TARDIS' power source. By midnight on December 31st 1999, the Earth will be pulled through this power-source, a mini-black hole, and only the Doctor can stop if only he can remember ... Written by Dave Gardner <is6131@dcs.napier.ac.uk>

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Trivia

The title logo used for this film is based upon the logo used by the original TV series between 1970 and 1973. The logo is now used by BBC Worldwide as the standard Doctor Who logo for all "classic" material (all DVDs, books, etc of stories predating the Ninth Doctor and the 2005 series revival). See more »

Goofs

The position of Doctor 7's bullet wound, from when he is shot and hit in the right shoulder, to where the wound disappears while being x-rayed, to reappearing on the right hand side of his chest in the operating room. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Doctor: [voiceover] It was on the planet Skaro that my old enemy the Master was finally put on trial. They say he listened calmly as his list of evil crimes was read... and sentence passed. Then he made his last and I thought somewhat curious request. He demanded that I, the Doctor, a rival Timelord, should take his remains back to our home planet; Gallifrey
The Doctor: [pause]
The Doctor: It was a request they should never have granted...
The Doctor: [Cue the opening credits]
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Crazy Credits

Rather than credit the creator of "Doctor Who" (1963), Sydney Newman, a title card reads: "Based upon the television series broadcast by the BBC." Ron Grainer, composer of the film's theme music, and Delia Derbyshire, designer of the TARDIS sound effect, do not receive screen credit. See more »

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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: The Eleventh Doctor (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

In A Dream (I Called Out Your Name)
Written by Barbara L. Jordan and William Peterkin
Performed by Pat Hodges
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music
Played on a grammophone when the Doctor is sitting in the lounge of his Tardis, just before the Master escaped
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I loved it!!!
13 December 2000 | by (Evanston, IL) – See all my reviews

I was SOOOO excited for this telefilm and (for the most part) I was not disappointed. I pretty much enjoyed everything about it with a handful of exceptions (which I'll get to later). Paul McGann is excellent in his brief stint as the Doctor and the new TARDIS interior is amazing. Overall, all the acting was good to excellent and the story good. There were a few annoyances however: the change from "chameleon circuit" to "cloaking device", the half-human revelation (as a biologist, I find that hard to swallow, despite the frequency of hybridization in the 'natural world'-- but it does explain things like the Doctor's traditional difficult regenerations), and a few weaknesses in the plot and continuity from the series. I for one do not mind the (infamous) kiss. In any case, I was very glad for one last televised chapter to be added to the Doctor's saga.


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