This review is from: Doctor Who - The Movie  [DVD]  (DVD)
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.