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Doctor Who - The Movie [1996] [DVD] [1963]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2014
The Doctor Who movie is definitely worth watching if you're a Doctor Who fan - it shows the end of the seventh Doctor and the life of the eighth Doctor before the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor". The script and some of the over-the-top acting aren't great, but Paul McGann is a brilliant Doctor and it's a shame that we didn't get to see more of him. I don't really like the Master in this movie though - he's a bit exaggerated. Overall, it's an ok movie and worth seeing if you like Doctor Who, but avoid it unless you're a big fan of the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2000
Producer Phil Segal was determined that his Fox TV Movie wouldn't be Doctor Who if there weren't constant "kisses to the past": the sonic screwdriver, the Eye of Harmony, jelly babies, the police box TARDIS, etc etc, but unfortunately forgot about including a plot. Therefore this film has had the misfortune to be forever scoffed at by fans and public alike, for its brilliant until you try to think about it, and then its tosh. But my advice is to enjoy it for the tosh it is, since it is truely entertaining tosh of the highest calabre.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2010
Well where do i start?
the good;
Paul Magann is a fantastic Doctor and its a shame he never got another shot at the title role.
A fantastic Tardis interior!!!
The usual Tardis joke with the vehicles going in and out!!!

The bad...
The doctor is HALF HUMAN?????
Bad storyline, Millennium doomsday armageddon set by the Tardis being hijacked by the Master, you would have thought that if the americans making a film version of this would come up with something a bit more credible.

The Ugly...
its a lame master story, played by an american..filmed in america..a bit biased really..i half expected the Doctor to be american!!!

I have to say...its an awful attempt
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2007
This remains an interesting curio in the Who back catalogue, an abortive part-American attempt at a mid-1990s regeneration; it's not wholly awful... but it's just not Doctor Who, somehow (what is we must discuss another day). That said, recent events - including its re-boot here on mid-price - might make this the time for a reappraisal. The BBC's Season Three (hmmm...) two-parter Human Nature/Family of Blood acknowledged Paul McGann's likeable, Romantic eighth Doctor as official (or 'canonical' - look, it's important to some of us), giving 'The Movie' a bit more validity historically. That links the fascinating afterlife of this Doctor to the new TV series via the excellent Big Finish audio adventures, some also premiered on BBC Radio and available through Amazon and elsewhere. The Movie looks nice (the TARDIS in particular) and that, perhaps, is its real kinship to the new show - that and its sudden interest in the Doctor's small r romantic side; it goes nowhere, and makes no real sense (even within the show's own woolly internal logic) but at a budget price might be worth a look, especially if Ecc and Ten have whet your appetite for the 'classic' series and you want to compare John Simm's bad and mad Master with, er, Eric Roberts' take. The eight Doctor really lives (brilliantly!) in the mind only, but this is where it all began for McGann...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2014
I remember seeing this on TV when it was first released and being very dissapointed. However, I enjoyed watching it again as an adult but spent the film struggling to warm to the Doctor, unhappy that it was filmed in an American style, and lamented the fact that Paul McGann didn't get the opportunity to explore this character properly with the BBC as a truly british project (which it would have benefitted from, but having seen the documentary their clearly wasn't an appetite or budget for that at the time sadly). I think that the production teams heart was in the right place, but it comes across as a low budget US TV film, rather than the rip roaring start to relaunch the franchise; which ultimately it was. Whilst it's worth die hard fans (like me) spending a few pennies on it to have it in their collection, if you're not, I would give it a miss; not as bad as the Peter Cushing films from the 60's, but not far off sadly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2010
Without the American influence this could of been a cracking film. Paul McGann is actually very good in role and was somewhat unfortunate not to be still there when the new series came. Eric Roberts, as the Master, puts in a fairly chilling and menacing performance. One even has to feel sorry for Sylvester McCoy who is killed off early in the film before regenerating into Paul McGann.

The story is good and the acting is fine. The special effects are up to scratch as well. So what went wrong ? The makers of this film were too detached from the values of the tv series. Whether deliberate or not, it meant the various elements just didn't gel together as well as they might of.

Still very watchable, but could of been excellant.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2006
I actually find this Movie rather underrated. Paul McGann is, quite rightfully considered a great Doctor, and indeed, he does play the part to perfection with the right look and exactly the right style(the only faults being the revelation that the Doctor is half-human and his romantic relationship with Grace). He is quite clearly the highlight of the Movie. The plot is fine, with a great threat from the Master, who plans not only to take the Doctor's existence, but to destroy the world in the process! And as for the Master, I think Eric Roberts is great, making him camply over-the-top, and if the series had continued, he would make a very good Master. The music and direction are very impressive, and the CGI Master-snake is very effective indeed(shame it's not in very often, only for a few scenes, but it really creeps you out.) The new interior, the Bat-Cave style TARDIS is the best ever, and the small part Sylvestor McCoy plays is the icing on the cake, with a very good regeneration scene, probably the best in years. Yes, it's been Americanised, but it's just like watching a Batman or Terminator movie, a typical hero vs. villain story and a very good Doctor Who story that I thoroughly recommend. My only critiscm is the obsession with continuity and the strongly rewritten past(shouldn't Skaro have been destroyed? What happened to Ace?)but that's not enough to spoil your viewing pleasure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2006
First and foremost, let's get one thing absolutely clear: this story is definitely and infinitely better than what we nearly had: some rubbish involving "spider Daleks", the Doctor looking for his dad Ulysses and running from his bro', the Master (believe it or not, but it's true!) Thank God we actually have something resembling the original TV series.
Continuing in this positive vein, let's get the good stuff in first.The title sequence is fantastic, the TARDIS set is faultless,and the Master-Snake is the scariest Dr.Who monster in years.The pace is consistent, and the direction is tight and flows very well.Mr. Roberts is magnificent as the Master: hammy, camp and utterly pretentious (why hasn't the Master been like this before?) But the unquestioned star, of course, is Paul McGann as the Doctor - he truly shines as this excitable Byronic hero; you can genuinely see bits of all the other Doctors in him, and he is instantly likable and utterly convincing - all in all, a fantastic bit of casting.
But on the downside, we have a continuity-obsessed, incoherent plot; a contemptably weak ending; a pointless chase in the middle and the remix of the title music is just dire: where's the trademark spookiness gone? Daphne Ashbrook is arguably the Least Likable Assistant in Dr.Who history; honestly, she deserves a huge slap for being so utterly vile.Aside from the odd ingenius moment ("Please give me the keys before I shoot myself."), the dialogue is clumsy and sometimes makes your toes curl.The most part of the whole film has to be THAT KISS - why, God, why???
Special features? Well, we have a commentary by members of the cast and crew (health warning: Geoffrey Sax has the most boring voice ever) and some pretty cool deleted scenes (never before seen in Britain! Aren't we lucky?).On-scren production notes are fairly interesting, but the photo gallery is nothing you haven't seen before. You can't help but wonder, what happened to that pre-film trailer, explaining all of the previous 7 Doctors and their tenures - it was interseting and enjoyable (as trailers go); but where is it?
But, should you buy it? Well, maybe - perhaps rent it first, then we'll see.It's definitely not awful, but not everyone's cup of tea.But no matter what you think of this film, you can't help but wonder: what would Dr.Who be like now it this film had spawned a new series? But most of all: when are the BBC going to give McGann another chance at being the Doc? He is so splendid; and I do hate seeing regenerations going to waste...
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on 14 January 2011
I believe it requires some basic interest in Doctor Who in order to like this. The first time I tried to watch it, I wasn't really known to Doctor Who and switched it off quite rapidly.
But when I got into the series I tried it again. This time I found it quite enjoyable. Not reaching my Doctor Who standards, but enjoyable.

The problem with this movie is that it's focusing on a too broad group. Where it's now partly in hands of the Americans it looses it's charm; the charm of it all being/feeling British. The ambiance being British. It tries to reach a new audience, where it gets too much Americanised.
It also adds facts to the canon that the Doctor Who fans back then did not appreciate. The Doctor half human?! Where did that come from? Yes, it would bring the Doctor closer to the audience. But there the most important group was forgotten; the fans.
Also I wouldn't mind if the Master, played by Eric Roberts would be turned into some kind of imposer of the Master. It will never be my favourite Master, where it did not fit the portrayals of those who had gone before and after him.

But enough about the bad sides of this work. Back to the good things.
It really nicely gives closure to those who watched Doctor Who before it was stopped. The Seventh Doctor could finally write the end of his chapter and rest in peace. Leaving his role to an enthusiast new Doctor. Paul McGann.
The Doctor forgetting things was a really nice concept. As a potentional new viewer it is great to figure out who he was alongside him. The Doctor might be a bit weird, but you warm for him. He's funny. He's charming. You feel sorry for him. His road to discovering himself is fascinating.

In the end it's an enjoyable movie. It's biggest problem is that it has been adapted too much to the (new) American audience. But Paul McGann does a great job playing the eight Doctor.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2005
Any comeback of doctor who needed to recapture the essence that made the originals so great.
Whilst the movie does stay true to some of the basic elements of doctor who, it feels like these parts are there for the sake of it amoungst the very noticable 'americanisation'.
Suddenly, in this movie the doctor is openly refured to as being 'british', and the doctor seems to reflect the US stereotype of a British eccentric. The over used clitches are all there: a greater emphasis on special effects than a dramatic involving plot, love scenes, gun battles ect.
The film did seem promising at the beginning- the brief but dramatic appearance of Sylvestor McCoy and the regeneration scenes where very good, but after that I slowly lost interest, as I felt i was no longer even watching what I would class as a proper doctor who adventure.
I do not see this film as having anything to set it apart from your average US action/adventure. I find it very hard to relate to this as a film that compliments the originality of the doctor who that many fans grew to love so much.
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