The Doctor is returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch-nemesis, the Master. Forced off course, the TARDIS arrives in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 1999, where the Doctor is critically wounded in a gangland gun battle. At the local hospital, Dr Grace Holloway fights-and fails-to save his life. Later, in the morgue, the Doctor wakes up a new man. But he is not the only one - the Master has also found himself a new body. As the clock counts down to the start of the new millennium, can the Doctor stop his oldest enemy destroying all life on Earth?
After an unprecedented hiatus of seven years, Doctor Who returned to BBC1 in May 1996. Filmed
in Vancouver as a co-production between BBC Worldwide and Universal Television, Doctor Who The Movie
was an attempt to relaunch Doctor Who as a global property. With its blockbuster budget, the film had Hollywood sensibilities from its vast TARDIS set to the frenetic motorcycle chase and consequently it was like no Doctor Who ever seen before. Paul McGann proved a very popular choice as the Eighth Doctor, and the original BBC1 transmission attracted more than 9 million viewers in the UK. But the film was a failure in the US, and Universal's option to develop a series was not exercised. Crucially however ,Doctor Who The Movie was to prove that,in the UK at least, there was still life in the 900 year old Time Lord. With the themes of resurrection and rebirth at its core,it is fitting that Doctor Who The Movie should prove to be the keystone for the successful revival of the series. The very things that drew criticism at the time - the 'Americanization', the frenetic action, the glossy sets and cinematic stylings-all paved the way for a bold new approach to the franchise in the future. And although it was to take another nine years [and several false starts], Doctor Who would eventually return triumphantly to its 'proper' place on Saturday nights in 2005, by which time its fans had just about accepted the notion of the Doctor kissing his companion...
Commentary#1 by Geoffrey Sax[Director]. Commentary#2 by Paul McGann [The Eighth Doctor]
and Sylvester McCoy [The Seventh Doctor]
, moderated by Nicholas Briggs - The Seven Year Hitch A new documentary looking back at the long quest to return Doctor Who to the screen. The Doctor's Strange Love - How fans learned to love Doctor Who The Movie. Behind the Scenes On set and on location during filming in Vancouver. Electronic Press Kit Including a short documentary and interview segments from 1996 - Philip Segal's Tour of the TARDIS - Alternate Takes. BBC Trails. Who Peter 1989-2009 The second part of this documentary series. VFX Tests June 1994. VEX March 1996. The Wilderness Years How Doctor Who was kept alive between 1989 and 1996. Stripped for Action - The Eighth Doctor The Movie Doctor's much longer life in comic strips. Tomorrow's Times-The Eighth Doctor How the British press received Doctor who The Movie. Music Tracks Four tracks from the production presented in full. Radio Times Billings (PDF DVD-ROM-PC/Mac]. Production Information Subtitles. Photo Gallery.Coming Soon Trailer. Digitally remastered picture and sound guality.
Commentary#1 by Geoffrey Sax[recorded 2001) Geoffrey Sax's early work as a director included the LWT sketch show End of Part One which earned him nominations for both BAFTA and international Emmy awards. Other TV credits include The New Statesman, Spitting Image, Bergerac, Lovejoy, Sleepers, Clocking Off and Tipping the Velvet, as well as the movies White Noise, Stormbreaker and Frankie & Alice. Commentary#2 by Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, moderated by Nicholas Briggs［recorded 2009] Paul McGann has been a familiar face on British television for more than 20 years, with a break-through BAFTA-nominated performance as Percy Toplis in The Monocled Mutineer in 1986. He beat his brother Mark McGann to the part of the Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who The Movie,and returned to the role in many audio adventures for Big Finish. Sylvester McCoy was starring in The Pied Piper at the National Theatre when Doctor Who producer John Nathan - Turner approached him to play the role of the Seventh Doctor. McCoy stayed in the role for three years, until the BBC axed the series in 1989, but returned in 1996 for Doctor Who The Movie, making a cameo appearance before regenerating into Paul McGann. Nicholas Briggs is an actor, writer and director with a long association with various spin-off Doctor Who productions. He is probably best known for his work on the new series of Doctor Who, providing the voices of the Daleks and the Cybermen, and also appearing on-screen in Torchwood: Children of Earth. The Seven Year Hitch - Ed Stradling documents Philip Segal's quest to return Doctor Who to the screen. Featuring Philip Sega l(Executive Producer], Jo Wright [Executive Producer], Peter Cregeen [BBC Director of Programmes], Alan Yentob (BBC1 Contr
Oller). Matthew Jacobs (Writer] and longtime Doctor Who director Graeme Harper. Narrated by Amanda Drew. The Doctor's Strange Love Writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss how they stopped worrying and learned to love Doctor Who The Movie with comedian Josie Long. Isolated Score - The option to view Doctor Who The Movie with the isolated music soundtrack. Music Tracks Four tracks from the production presented in full: In a Dream, All Dressed Up, Ride into the Moonlight and Auld Lang Syne. Production Subtitles - Subtitles provide the viewer with cast details, script development and other production information, offering further insight into the
making of Doctor Who The Movie. Photo Gallery - A collection of production, design and publicity photos from the recording of Doctor Who The Movie. Radio Times Billings Listings for this story from the Radio Times from its original transmission in Adobe PUF format (UVD-ROM only-to be viewed or PC or Mac] Coming Soon A trailer for a forthcoming Doctor Who DVD release.
Runtime: Electronic Press Kit Used by Fox in 1996, this includes a short documentary and
interview segments to allow other broadcasters to put together their own packages about Doctor Who The Movie. Behind the Scenes - On set and on location in Vancouver, Canada during the filming of Doctor Who The Movie. Philip Segal's Tour of the TARDIS. Executive producer Philip Segal shows us around the TARDIS control room set. Alternate Takes Two slightly different versions of scenes from Doctor Who The Movie. BBC Trails - BBC network trails for the movie.
Who Peter 1989-2009 - The second part of this documentary, exploring the special relationship between Doctor Who and Blue Peter during the'new series years'. With Russell T Davies, Richard Marson, Edward Russell, Robert Shearman,Clayton Hickman,William Grantham and John
Bell.Presented by Gethin Jones. The Wilderness Years - In the years between the end of the classic series and the broadcast of Doctor Who The Movie, Doctor Who survived in print, video and
audio, kept alive by fans who were determined not to let it die. With Peter Cregeen, John Creeman, Tom Spilsbury, Peter Darvill-Evans, Justin Richards, Andrew Cartmel, Keith Farnfather, Bill Baggs, Kevin Davies and Jason Haigh-Ellery.Narrated by Glen Allen. Stripped for Action-The Eighth Doctor The final part of the series looking at the Doctor's adventures in comic-strip form. With Scott Gray, Gary Russell, Alan Barnes, Clayton Hickman, Lee Sullivan, Martin Geraghty, Roger Langridge, Paul Scoones and Jeremy Bentham. Tomorrow's Times - The Eighth Doctor A look back at contemporary coverage of Doctor Who The Movie in newspapers and other publications. Presented by Nicholas Courtney.