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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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Language:

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

Fans voted this number 94 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003. See more »

Goofs

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 'uncut' version has since been broadcast by the BBC in the UK, during a night of Dr Who programmes on BBC 2 in November 1999, and this formed the basis for the 2001 Region 2 DVD release. See more »

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My Doctor
1 February 2008 | by The-GuvSee all my reviews

growing up as a child in the 90's i along with many others were deprived from there own doctor unlike our parents and grand parents my only contact with WHO was watching old video tapes of Pertwee and Baker, thought i loved and appreciate them i felt i was missing out. and then along came Paul Mcgann and his doctor. sure he only did one TV movie, but to me as a 8 year old child i was gripped.

lets not fool ourselves here, it wasn't no where near perfect,looking back on it now, but to me Mcgann was everything i thought the doctor should be, funny, charismatic, intelligent, demeaning and to me it was an awful shame a series for his doctor did not come along, but since 1997 i brought all his doctors audio tapes, graphic novels and even a poster.

Eric Roberts was passable as the master, sure he wasn't Robert Dalgado or Anthoney Ainley but he was passable as a one off. Grace wasn't actually a bad assistant and i didn't find her irritating, she kept the doctor on his toes which i did like.

The Tardis interior i found outstanding, it was very Victorian which went spot on with Mcgann and Mccoy to some extent who along with Mcgann is a very under rated doctor.

overall i must say that even thought its not the best story ever told i really enjoyed it, Paul Mcgann will always be my doctor no matter who plays the character in the future(Tennant has nothing on Mcgann)


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