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Doctor Who (1996)

The newly-regenerated Doctor takes on the Master on the turn of the millennium, 31 December 1999.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McGann ... The Doctor
Eric Roberts ... The Master / Bruce
Daphne Ashbrook ... Dr. Grace Holloway
Sylvester McCoy ... The Doctor
Yee Jee Tso ... Chang Lee
John Novak ... Salinger
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Swift
Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Wheeler (as Catherine Lough)
Dolores Drake ... Curtis
Will Sasso ... Pete (as William Sasso)
Jeremy Radick Jeremy Radick ... Gareth
Eliza Roberts ... Miranda
Bill Croft ... Motorcycle Policeman
David Hurtubise David Hurtubise ... Professor Wagg (as Dave Hurtubise)
Joel Wirkkunen Joel Wirkkunen ... Ted
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Storyline

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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English

Release Date:

14 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul McGann hated the wig he had to wear. See more »

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Despite losing all of the possessions that were on his person after being checked into the hospital, The Doctor still produces his trademark bag of jelly babies twice. Where did they come from? 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 Time Lord, should take his remains back to our home planet, Gallifrey. It was a request they should never have granted...
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The first BBC version and Region 2 DVD release include a dedication to actor Jon Pertwee, who played the Doctor in the 1970s and who died a week before the first British broadcast of the film. See more »

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Watchable, but hardly Dr Who at its best.
18 June 1999 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

At last people can stop taking the proverbial out of the special effects in Dr Who! Instead they can take the proverbial out of the limp plot (if you can call it that). Eric Roberts isn't a patch on either of the previous incarnations of the Master. Paul McGann, however, makes an original Doctor and it's a shame a potentially interesting incarnation of the great Time Lord wasn't allowed to develop. There was a lot of complaining about the kissing scene, but I personally didn't see what was wrong with it as long as the Doctor doesn't turn into James Bond or Captain Kirk. Anyway, since the Doctor has a grand-daughter (Susan) then he must have done more than kiss a woman at some point in his life! But I did see what was wrong with the 'half-human' business. Can't people accept somebody who is an alien?

This film certainly has its moments and shows great potential for a new series, but it's just a shame Fox couldn't get their act together and make that series instead of allowing it to fall back into the clutches of the money-minded BBC where it'll probably never be seen again.

Not an example of Dr Who at its best by any means, but if you're a fan of the program like me then it's worth watching just to see the Doctor back in action, if only for one adventure.


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