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Feature 7.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 9.0
Total 7.2
Distributor: BBC
Running Time:
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer: Peter Bourke

7.2


Doctor Who the Movie

Even though this film is not considered cannon by most Whovians, this dilm was created by both the BBC and Fox in the 90's to move the Doctor Who franchise forward. Like George Lazenby as the Australian star of James Bond, another movie that most Bond fans would like to forget, Doctor Who the movie did not star the classic Doctors but rather, newcomer Mail McGann who took the role as our esteemed Doctor. Ironically, he was quite good!

The story commences around the 7th incarnation of the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) who has been sent to the Dalek home world of Skaro in order to transport the remains of the Master back. Unfortunately the Master is still alive and well and upon leaving Skaro, he makes his first attempt at freedom as he transforms into a snake and causes havoc within a very strange looking TARDIS.

The Doctor is forced to crash land the TARDIS in modern day San Francisco where he lands in the middle of an Asian gang war, only to be shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the Doctor is rushed to hospital, his surgeon and cardiologist, Doctor Grace Holloway attempts to save his life but as we all know, the Doctor has two hearts which causes the surgery to go awry and the 7th Doctor dies.

From the morgue, the 8th Doctor (McGann) rises who is extremely confused due to the aesthetic from surgery. The Doctor seeks assistance from the attractive Doctor Holloway who essentially becomes his next companion as the Master posses another human (Eric Roberts) in order to steal the newly regenerated body of the Doctor as his body is basically useless. Without spoiling the story any further, the Doctor must somehow send the Master into a black hole before his nefarious schemes are once again unleashed.

For a film based on the classic BBC Doctor Who series, I actually enjoyed this more action orientated Doctor Who that had some decent acting from McGann and Roberts as their respective nemeses. The problem with the movie is that certain elements of the TV series were ignored that did cause outrage amongst the fans such as Skaro being destroyed in another Doctor Who episode and that the Master is more magician than true despot of evil.

There are other titbits that will rub a few fans up the wrong way but overall, there was something appealing to me about this relative modern incarnation of the Doctor. Given that, you still cannot beat the latest series of Doctor Who but for what it's worth, it's definitely worth a watch to see what all the fuss was about.

Video and audio quality of this film are quite good and it almost has this movie feel to it. There's a wealth of special features from audio commentaries, behind the scenes and a great tour of the TARDIS.

Special Features:
  • Audio commentaries
  • The Seven Year Hitch - A new documentary looking back at the long quest to return Doctor Who to the screen
  • The Doctorís Strange Love - How fans learned to love Doctor Who The Movie
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Philip Segalís Tour of the TARDIS
  • Alternate Takes
  • Who Peter 1989-2009
  • VFX Tests June 1994
  • VFX March 1996
  • The Wilderness Years How Doctor Who was kept alive between 1989 and 1996
  • Photo Gallery





 
 



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