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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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Among the various knobs and gadgets on the Tardis's control column is an old-fashioned automobile hand brake. See more »

Goofs

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 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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Just what the Doctor ordered!
21 November 1999 | by GMP1See all my reviews

I thought this was top notch! At last, a "Doctor Who" story that takes place on this side of the Atlantic, and has the budget the show always deserved but never had. The production design and visual effects are the best ever for "Doctor Who", particularly the new TARDIS control room. The direction and editing are fast-paced, and the story, dealing with the Doctor's own Y2K crisis, is interesting and, more or less, faithful to the TV series. But the acting is what really shines in the movie. Daphne Ashbrook is a funny and pretty real companion for the Doctor, while Yee Jee Soo does well as a streetwise companion for the villainous Master. Sylvester McCoy, with little dialogue and screen time, nonetheless delivers a marvelous performance as the departing Seventh Doctor. And Eric Roberts is very good as the most utterly evil incarnation of the Master we've seen. But the best performance is by Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. He's funny, heroic, touching and thoroughly engaging. Only the peerless Tom Baker scores better with me, Doctor-wise. This movie has caused much controversy among fans, regarding certain plot points. I think they're blowing it out of proportion. The movie is certainly in keeping with the spirit of the show. All in all, my only complaints are that rights problems have prevented it from being re-broadcast or released on video in the US (it's available in Britain, though), and that it didn't lead to a revived "Doctor Who" series. Not yet, anyway. I heartily recommend this movie!


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