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Doctor Who: The Movie (Special Edition) (2011)

Paul McGann , Daphne Ashbrook , Geoffrey Sax  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Eric Roberts
  • Directors: Geoffrey Sax
  • Writers: Matthew Jacobs
  • Producers: Peter V Ware
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049S1NYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Movie (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • Behind the scenes
  • Biographies
  • Featurette
  • Music Only Track
  • Photo gallery
  • Production Notes

  • Editorial Reviews

    Made to re-launch television's most famous time traveler, Doctor Who: The Movie is an expensive feature-length episode which attempts to continue the classic series and work as a stand-alone film. Transporting the remains of the Master, Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor is diverted to San Francisco in 1999. Regenerating in the form of Paul McGann, the Doctor gains a new companion in heart surgeon Dr. Grace Holloway (Daphne Ashbrook) and must stop the Master from destroying the world. All of which might have been fine, had not the most eccentrically British of programs been almost entirely assimilated by the requirements of American network broadcasting. Matthew Jacobs' screenplay is literally nonsense, dependent on arbitrary, unexplained events while introducing numerous elements that contradict established Doctor Who mythology. The Tardis is re-imagined as a bizarre pre-Raphaelite/Gothic folly, while the Doctor, now half-human, becomes romantically involved with his lady companion. From the West Coast setting to metallic CGI morphing, from the look of Eric Roberts as the Master to a motorcycle/truck freeway chase, director Geoffrey Sax borrows freely from James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Doctor Who fans should feel relieved this travesty was not successful enough to lead to a series, though McGann himself does have the potential to make a fine Doctor. --Gary S Dalkin

    Product Description

    This highly requested TV movie aired on Fox on May 14, 1995, and is available on North American video for the first time. 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 from destroying all life on Earth?

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    142 of 149 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars PAUL McGANN'S TV MOVIE FOR NORTH AMERICA!!! November 8, 2010
    Well, as Amazon does not give us the info on what we need to know about this wonderful Doctor Who DVD. I have posted the info here from the know all, and see all on Doctor Who DVD's. Here is Steve Manfred's info on Doctor Who - The Movie - Special Edition.
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    Over 14 years after its production and broadcast, the Doctor Who TV Movie starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor will finally see release in North America!!!

    This 2-disc release will be on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 for the suggested retail price of $34.98, under the title: Doctor Who - The Movie - Special Edition. 2entertain's Commissioning Editor Dan Hall revealed this surprise news on the "Hoo on Who" podcast (available on iTunes) on August 25. He was successful in negotiating release rights for this production outside of the UK that had previously been held by the co-producers of the TV Movie, Universal Television. This clears the way for a release in North America by BBC Worldwide Americas.

    The version that will see release is a new edition that was made available in the UK in October as part of what they're calling the Revisitations Box Set, where three previously available titles were re-released together with boosted extra features. The McGann TV Movie is one of them. The others will see release in North America later in 2011.

    For those of you who don't know, "the TV Movie" as it is called was a one-off attempt to revive Doctor Who in 1996 as a "back door pilot" for the Fox Network in the U.S. It was a co-production by Universal Television, BBC Worldwide Americas, and Fox.
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    107 of 113 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Weak, but certainly not McGann's or Segal's fault March 21, 2006
    As "Dark Angel" and "Firefly" fans well know, the talking heads at the FOX network have an uncanny knack for truly sticking it to the science fiction community and this mismash of eleventh-hour script rewrites is no exception. It's a glorious "What-Could-Have-Been" storyline that is brilliant in its first half, falls into incomprehensible mush for the second half, then rushes to an admittedly-satisfying ending. Visually it borrows heavily from elements of "X-Files" and "E.R.," up to and including the hospital-oriented dramatics, with a recurring theme of advancing clock hands/digital clock displays. The storyline might best be described as a fusion of Pertwee's "Spearhead From Space" and Tom Baker's "The Deadly Assassin" set in present-day San Fransisco.

    First off: Paul McGann is brilliant. He adheres to the cardinal rule of "reinvent the Doctor the way YOU think he should be played" that has worked so well for every actor before him, and we get a charming, easily-distracted romantic with a hypnotic gaze. Eric Roberts likewise brings a great combination of sadism and quirky humour to the Master. Sylvester McCoy is back on form as the Doctor's seventh incarnation as if he never left, and Daphne Ashbrook manages to steal scenes even when the script has relegated her to the familiar "stand to the side and ask 'What's it all about, Doctor?'" routine. Mention should also be made of Yee Jee Tso's very good performance as the wayward teenager who becomes an unwitting pawn in the Master's plan to regain his physical Time Lord existence.

    The TARDIS interior is unbelievable. You get the impression that this is what the series's original designers would have aimed for all along had they the budget.
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    51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars One word of caution... November 17, 2010
    By Matt MN
    Like everyone else, I'm ecstatic that this title is finally getting an official North American DVD release. One word of caution, however - the Doctor Who Restoration Team has confirmed that the main feature on the DVD was taken from the PAL master, not the NTSC master.

    What does that mean for US/Canada audiences? As the TV movie was originally shot and broadcast in North American using the NTSC standard, that means that this conversion is NTSC -> PAL -> and back to NTSC. The feature presentation will suffer from PAL-speed up, running about 4% faster than originally broadcast on Fox back in 1996. Perceptive viewers (who may have recorded this on VHS when it originally aired) will notice that everyone's voice is pitched slightly higher and that the movie runs faster (looking similar to how "time-compressed" airings of shows look on basic cable syndication).

    Most American viewers probably won't even notice the changes but they are there nonetheless and the more perceptive (or pedantic) fans will notice. Still, with that said, the extras package looks great and I can forgive the PAL speed up (I'm used to it by now, having imported the Region 2 DVD release years ago).
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    19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! January 13, 2009
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Due to complex copywrite issues, this film has never been released in the U.S. since its 1996 television premiere...until now! Finally, a DVD is going to be released in 2011. It has only been aired once in the U.S. and never been shown again nor has it ever been released on home video in the states before now. It is the only on-screen appearance of Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, and the only Dr. Who ever produced by an American company.

    Now the story does have its problems, and doesn't quite deserve five stars, but it's still a great adventure that deserved to be released long before now which is why I'm giving this DVD release five stars. Some of the problems include some continuity errors in the story and some unanswered questions. But over all, it does have a great action-packed story with some great directing and performances. I still found it to be highly enjoyable.

    The Plot:

    The Master is executed on the Dalek planet Skaro. His last request was for his arhenemy, the Doctor, to take his remains back to their home planet of Gallifrey. As the Doctor put it "It was a request they should never have granted."

    The Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy is on his way to Gallifrey with the Master's remains. But the Master has managed to somewhat regenerate into an oozing snake-like creature and sabotages the TARDIS, causing it to make an emergency landing on Earth in the year 1999.

    Upon arrival, the Doctor gets caught in the crossfire of a gang shoot-out and gets shot forcing him to regenerate into Eighth Doctor Paul McGann. The Master has taken over the body of an ambulance driver played by Eric Roberts. But the body won't last long.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    i only like the movie b/c Paul McGann is amazing in it. but, the master being played by an american is a travesty. the female companion is laughable. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Heather Hayes
    5.0 out of 5 stars I like this Doctor!
    This was a great movie. I like this Doctor. It is too bad that they did not do more with him.
    Published 13 days ago by Lauren L R Murphy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the fan
    Okay the movie isn't perfect. It steps on a lot of established lore and deviates to much from expected cannon, but it is the only tv media depicting this doctor other than the... Read more
    Published 26 days ago by Eugene O'Brien
    5.0 out of 5 stars We love the 8th Doctor
    Perfect gift for my son who is a huge fan of the 8th Doctor. Much better than watching in bits on Netflix. Good quality. Shipping time was spot on for gift giving.
    Published 1 month ago by James E. Pranschke
    4.0 out of 5 stars when did the doctor become the highlander?
    As humanity prepares to say good bye to the 20th centery and hellow to the 21st the tardis lands in san fransisco. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by daryl drumheller
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who The Movie - The 8th Doctor
    I really enjoy watching the Classic and the New Dr Who shows. I have pretty much seen them all from William Hartnell through Matt Smith. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Tony from Florida
    5.0 out of 5 stars Doc...tor....Who!?(did you catch that!?)
    THE shortest lived Doctor ever but still one of the best in special effects and storyline. This Doctor only lasted for this movie but you will not be disappointed. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mark J. House
    5.0 out of 5 stars the missing piece
    If you are a long time fan of Dr Who this is the lost movie,the eighth doctor,yeah,the movie is good,for the Times in which it was made,thanks for bringing it back.worth the cost
    Published 1 month ago by Lisa
    5.0 out of 5 stars I have it, but waiting for the Blu-ray widescreen release! Let's hope...
    Not gonna bore anyone with the details if you're even looking at this then you're a Doctor Who fan and just a casual viewer or only interested in the new series but a... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Ferris Bueller
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love Doctor Who!
    I love Doctor Who and loved Paul McGann in The Night of the Doctor! Doctor Eho is the best show!
    Published 2 months ago by Christina S Seifert
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    Where does this fit in.
    It is between the Classic Who series and the New Who series. This movie was suppose to relaunch the show, but it didn't work out at that point.

    The movie Doctor is the 8th Doctor. He's pre-Time War.
    Nov 19, 2013 by V. Richmond |  See all 3 posts
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