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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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Geoffrey Sax

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Matthew Jacobs
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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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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Capaldi declined to audition for The Eighth Doctor because he felt it was unlikely that he would be given the part. He would later play The Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

In A Dream (I Called Out Your Name)
Written by Barbara L. Jordan and William Peterkin
Performed by Pat Hodges
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music
Played on a grammophone when the Doctor is sitting in the lounge of his Tardis, just before the Master escaped
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Doctor Who returned in a blaze of Glory
5 November 2000 | by Doc-204See all my reviews

This 1996 BBC/Fox-Universal co-production TV movie gets the short end of the stick on too many counts. 'Doctor Who' is a science fiction classic, a staple if you will in SF and the longest run show of its kind in history. After 26 seasons it ended in 1989. Thanks to the diligence of a mainly British crew (working in the states/Canada), the show was at least briefly, canonically, and finally revived, and even if it was only one TV movie it re-surged the merchandising for the show immensely. The Movie itself starred Paul McGann in the best ever first 'New Doctor' performance since the Original episode starring William Hartnell. The effects were great, if the story was lacking, but the cast was superb (barring perhaps Eric Roberts) and the cinematography very cool and interesting throughout. I loved Doctor Who in its original form, and I think that while this movie did not catch on to the true greatness of SF storytelling that made the show in the first place, it DID capture the spirit of the series and continued it well.


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