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Matthew Jacobs (written by)
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Release Date:
14 May 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He's Back... And It's About Time See more »
Plot:
The newly-regenerated Doctor takes on the Master on the turn of the millennium, 31 December 1999. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A noble failure See more (110 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
Jon Pertwee .... dedicated to the memory of
 
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89 min
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Trivia:
Sylvester McCoy was brought back as The Seventh Doctor for the regeneration into The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and also to connect the TV movie with the BBC television series.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: If Chang Lee's goal in accompanying The Doctor to the hospital and staying with him overnight was to steal his possessions, why didn't he just pick The Doctor's pockets when he was lying unconscious in the alley?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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Doctor Who Theme SongSee more »

FAQ

Is this Dr Who movie definitively linked to both the 1963 and 2005 Dr Who series?
Is Paul McGann and his role as the 8th Doctor considered Canon?
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A noble failure, 9 September 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

In 1996, seven years after the original Doctor Who series was canceled, the American network Fox thought a USA reboot of the show might be a good way to bring everybody's favorite Time Lord back to the small screen. The resulting TV movie was notoriously lambasted by critics and fans alike, who responded with more warmth to the BBC's revival of the character in 2005. Perhaps the biggest problem lies in the very fact that the Yanks tried to do their own version of a quintessential British creation: you don't see the Brits try and remake Star Trek, do you? Nevertheless, as messy as it is, this 1996 version of Doctor Who (which is part of the official mythology) has a few valid selling points that make it worth tracking down on a boring Saturday afternoon.

The original show ended with the Doctor being played by Sylvester McCoy, the seventh incarnation of the character, and it is still McCoy, albeit credited as a guest star, who controls the TARDIS at the beginning of the story. The year is 1999 (as a matter of fact, the specific date is December 31st), and the renegade Time Lord is transporting the ashes of his archenemy, the Master, back to their home planet Gallifrey. However, due to a series of mishaps, the machine crash-lands in America, with the Doctor presumably dead and the Master's spirit free to take over the body of a paramedic (Eric Roberts). His plan is to use some temporal anomaly to steal the Doctor's remaining lives (each Time Lord has thirteen of them; the Master's used them up). As for the Doctor, once he's regenerated into a half-human eighth embodiment (Paul McGann), he has to stop his nemesis once and for all.

The plot is a classic good vs. evil confrontation, and that's one of the TV movie's main flaws: instead of reintroducing the Doctor, like Russell T. Davies did in the new series, the narrative proceeds as if no time had passed between the original show's finale and this Americanized version. This can prove particularly alienating to US audiences, for whom Doctor Who isn't an essential part of popular culture, and McGann's clumsy voice-over doesn't do much to sort things out in that department. And that's without mentioning the holes in logic: why introduce two new (American) sidekicks, one of whom a potential love interest for the protagonist, and then suggest they would have no major role in other episodes, had the US show been picked up by Fox? And since when do Daleks and Time Lords cooperate, as shown prior to the opening credits?

That said, McGann and Roberts are good enough to compensate most of the other rubbish, one giving that undeniably English quality to the quirky time traveler, the other adding a bit of OTT menace to one of the show's seminal villains. In addition, the special effects are state-of-the-art, as is the new rendition of Ron Grainer's immortal theme music.

Overall, a one-off experiment that is best remembered as a guilty pleasure for die-hard fans. Fortunately, the Yanks were wise enough to let the BBC handle everything Who-related from this point on.

6,5/10

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