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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 »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(60 articles)
Doctor Who in numbers
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Doctor Who: 8 Ways To Get To Know The 8th Doctor
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TV Movie’s Matthew Jacobs Pleased With McGann Doctor Who Return
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Something Of An Anti-Climax See more (107 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)
 
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:
The Dalek voices heard at the beginning were not from the original BBC television series, but were actually the slightly treated voice of director Geoffrey Sax.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: At the start of the movie, when the Seventh Doctor seals the Masters remains shut with the sonic screwdriver, the head of the screwdriver is slightly out of focus. This is explained in a recent (2005) interview by Sylvester McCoy; he was holding it the wrong way around!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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Soundtrack:
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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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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Something Of An Anti-Climax, 25 February 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

It was in January 1996 that I first heard that my all time favourite TV hero was returning to our screens as a joint BBC / American network TVM . Whoever you are reading this review never EVER give up on your hopes and dreams because for DOCTOR WHO fans in the early 1990s not one of us ever believed we`d be seeing our favourite show return , never mind seeing a big budget American production or that this version was gong to have BAFTA award winning actor Paul McGann in the title role . Words fail to describe the anticipation me and every single other Who fan in the cosmos had in waiting till the TVM was broadcast in May . The only comparison I can think of is LOTR diehards waiting to see FELLOWSHIP , THE TWO TOWERS and RETURN OF THE KING . When the day of the broadcast came one Bank holiday Monday I`d almost bitten my fingers off in unbearable anticipation . I`d read every article I could find about the production in telefantasy magaziness , Paul McGann`s Doctor had appeared on the front cover of every British TV guide and the trailers led me to believe the Daleks were going to be heavily featured alongside the Master . So in mid evening the TVM began and for 90 minutes all the world`s problems disappeared . When the end titles rolled I was torn between being totally amazed by the good and bitterly disappointed by the bad .

The good bits were Geoffry Sax`s direction . Every single cent was up there on screen for the audience to gasp at . This is one Who story that can`t be accused of having crap FX . Sax also does an excellent editing job with intercutting between scenes , and it really was fascinating watching a Who story take place in an American setting . But the best aspect to the production is Eric Roberts camp scene stealing performance as the Master . My own memories of Roger Delgado`s original Master soon faded as Roberts bad-ass TERMINATOR inspired American arch enemy of the Doctor stole the entire show .

But unfortunately much of the bad outweighed the good and most of this was entirely down to Matthew Jacobs script which involved far too much continuity and extremely bad continiuty at that which not only displeases diehard fans but will alienate casual viewers at the same time . Regeneration ? temporal orbit ? the eye of harmony ? I know of these concepts because I`m a fan but here they`re presented entirely different from what I know them as . Likewise when did the Doctor become half human ? But the most disappointing thing were the Daleks who seem to be intergalatic hangmen and not the Nazis of the universe as shown on TV for three decades . Also bitterly disappointing to see them relegated to an off screen cameo when according to the trailers they might have been making a physical presence . Oh BTW can anyone really understand the plot ? At times it felt more like a Bond movie as the Doctor races around on a motor bike trying to save the world from a super villain . With the exception of Roberts no one really turns in a good performance least of all McGann who is surely one of Britain`s most underrated actors . I really expected more from him , though to be fair he didn`t have a lot to go on due to the script.

Oh well I suppose it was good while it lasted and I suppose my life has been slightly enriched after seeing an American version of DOCTOR WHO , and let me just repeat if someone had told me in 1992 I`d one day be watching an American version of the show I would have laughed in their face . It`s not the worst DOCTOR WHO story I`ve seen but it`s not a story I`ll watch over and over again unlike The Silurians , Inferno , Genesis Of The Daleks , Seeds Of Doom or Kinda . These really were classic pieces of not only Who but of British television

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