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Directed by
Geoffrey Sax 
Writing credits
Matthew Jacobs (written by)

Sydney Newman  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Alex Beaton .... executive producer
Matthew Jacobs .... co-producer
Philip David Segal .... executive producer
Peter V. Ware .... producer
Jo Wright .... executive producer: BBC
Original Music by
John Debney 
Cinematography by
Glen MacPherson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick Lussier 
Casting by
Beth Hymson  (as Beth Hymson-Ayer)
Production Design by
Richard Hudolin 
Art Direction by
Bridget McGuire 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia T. Lewis  (as Cynthia Lewis)
Costume Design by
Jori Woodman 
Makeup Department
Joann Fowler .... makeup artist
Julie McHaffie .... hair stylist
Mike Fields .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Toby Lindala .... key special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
James Ryder .... makeup artist: Eric Roberts (uncredited)
Krista Young .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fran Rosati .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Klohn .... second assistant director
Patrice Leung .... first assistant director
Art Department
Barry Kootchin .... head painter
Derick McLeod .... construction coordinator (as Derick MacLeod)
Dan Sissons .... property master
Gordon Bellamy .... model maker: sculptor (uncredited)
Lubor Cencak .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Vance Conway .... set foreman (uncredited)
Terry Weaver .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gordon Anderson .... sound mixer (as Gordon W. Anderson)
Jacqueline Cristianini .... sound supervisor
Kris Fenske .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Mike Hibberson .... cable person (uncredited)
Brian Hodgson .... sound designer: TARDIS sound (uncredited)
Michael Stern .... additional recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary Paller .... special effects coordinator
Terence J. Cox .... special effects (uncredited)
Robert Paller .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Tomsic .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Eric Alba .... visual effects supervisor
Tony Dow .... visual effects producer
Marusha Xeros .... visual effects coordinator (as Marush Kushniruk)
Steward Burris .... computer graphic artist: North West Imaging & FX (uncredited)
Paul Patrick Quinn .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Thomas Schelesny .... senior computer graphics artist (uncredited)
Paul Taglianetti .... visual effects coordinator: VIFX (uncredited)
Richard Trus .... facility manager (uncredited)
J.J. Makaro .... stunt coordinator
Fred Perron .... stunt coordinator
Mike Ching .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Darryl Quon .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Wu .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Drew Davidson .... gaffer
Greg Fox .... first assistant camera
Dave Gordon .... key grip
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer (as Joe Lederer)
Randal Platt .... camera operator
Nick Watson .... second assistant camera
Brian Bouma .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Ken Decker .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Saubrie Mohamed .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
James Forsyth .... extras casting
John Hubbard .... casting consultant: United Kingdom
Ros Hubbard .... casting consultant: United Kingdom
Trish Robinson .... casting: Vancouver
Editorial Department
Daria Ellerman .... additional editor
Music Department
Louis Febre .... composer: additional music (as Louis Serbe)
John Sponsler .... composer: additional music
John Debney .... conductor (uncredited)
Ron Grainer .... composer: original theme music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dennis Houser .... transportation coordinator
John G. Oliver .... driver captain (as John Oliver)
Other crew
Jessica Clothier .... script supervisor
Ed Nesling .... location manager
Sandra Palmer .... production coordinator
Jim Rankin .... craft service
Jim Rankin .... first aid
Beverly Wiens .... head accountant
Patrick Stark .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jon Pertwee .... dedicated to the memory of
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89 min
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Did You Know?

Although unsuccessful at relaunching the franchise, this film was adopted into the continuity of the television series. The episode "Night of the Doctor" allowed Paul McGann to play the role again, just long enough to regenerate into The War Doctor (John Hurt), who subsequently regenerates into the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), who played the part in the first season of the new series.See more »
Continuity: When the morgue attendant first hears the banging coming from the morgue, he mutes the film he is watching. When the Doctor approaches the TV the sound has come back on.See more »
[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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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Oh, dear., 28 July 2003
Author: Jennifer Keenan from Burlington, Ontario

The summary says it all: Oh, dear.

I don't particularly like it when Hollywood attempts to "glamourize" an existing phenomenon in order to rope in lots and lots of new viewers (to make money, of course, what other reason can there be?) but I've grown to accept the fact that it's an established part of the entertainment business. I approached this movie with what I hoped was an open mind, and I was even slightly intrigued by the first five minutes or so of the movie...

This changed, of course, when suddenly stuff started blowing up, pointless FX started popping up all over the place, and the scriptwriters apparently forgot that they were writing for DOCTOR WHO and seemed to think that they were employed by Chris Carter and the X-FILES, as they started a direct rip-off of the black oil creature, which is suddenly all that's left of the Master. (That this flies in the face of all previous background established by a show that had run for over twenty-five years is only to be expected; after all, it was only a cheesy little British sci-fi show and everyone KNOWS that Hollywood knows best, after all!) I was left with my mouth hanging open, aghast at the mess to which I was being subjected.

Paul McGann tried. God, how he tried. I can almost see him as the Doctor if I squint. This has nothing to do with the man's acting ability, which is superb, nor does it have to do with his comparatively young age--he was about the same age as Peter Davison was when he took over the role, after all. I just could not believe in a Doctor who was playing second fiddle to a completely new and fictitious TARDIS--say, last time I looked, wasn't the Eye of Harmony something to do with Rassilon back on Gallifrey?

Let us mercifully pass over the spectacle of the Doctor's first on-screen kiss--except to say that if he was never tempted by some of the companions in his past (particularly Romana, who at least was of the same species!) then why the heck would he be tempted by some jittery Earth woman who didn't particularly like him?

Please, o scriptwriter, if you're going to use characters and equipment that have been established over a quarter of a century, does it not make sense to have some passing familiarity with what you are writing? Or am I being ridiculous?

Never mind. At least I still have access to all of the videos of the classic episodes. Be sure that this travesty is one that I have zero interest in acquiring. If you're a fan of the television series, avoid this movie or spend the duration of it weeping for the mess they've made of DOCTOR WHO. If you've never seen the series and are a big fan of on-screen stuff that is really special effects in search of a movie, well, this will be right up your alley. Just don't subject a true fan to this nightmare, please.

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