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Season 26 (The TV Movie)
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General Information

Season Start:27 May 1996
Season End:27 May 1996
Season Length:1 Week
Writer:Matthew Jacobs
Director:Geoffrey Sax
Producers:Matthew Jacobs and Peter V Ware
Executive Producers:Alex Beaton, Jo Wright and Philip Segal
Script Editors:Jessica Clothier and Philip Segal
Visual Effects:Eric Alba and Tony Dow
Special Effects:Gary Paller
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by John Debney and John Sponsler
Incarnation of the Doctor: The Eighth Doctor (Newly Regenerated)
Other Incarnations of the Doctor: The Seventh Doctor (Regenerates)
Number of Companions: 1
The Companions: Dr Grace Holloway (Joins and Departs)
Number of Acquaintances: 1
The Acquaintances: Chang Lee (Joins and Departs)
Number of Stories: 1
Number of Incomplete/Missing Stories: 0
Number of Episodes: 1
Number of Incomplete/Missing Episodes: 0
 Full Stories Held  100%
 Episodes Held  100%

Television Stories

No. Title Number of Episodes Production Code Status
156 Doctor Who: The Movie18AAll Held

Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 9.1
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)
66.97%  (Position = 14 out of 27)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)
64.36% Lower (Position = 24 out of 31)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)
67.73% Higher (Position = 26 out of 36)

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The Villains

The Master Doctor Who: The Movie

Quote of the Season

 'It was on the planet Skaro that my old enemy the Master was finally put on trial. They say he listened calmly as his list of evil crimes was read and sentence passed. Then he made his last and, I thought, somewhat curious request. He demanded that I, the Doctor, a rival Time Lord, should take his remains back to our home planet, Gallifrey. It was a request they should never have granted.'

The Doctor
(Doctor Who: The Movie)

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Story Summary

The Eighth Doctor
The Eighth Doctor
With the broadcast of the final episode of "Survival", at the end of 1989, no one at the time would have realised at first that the end of the original run of the show had taken place. When it was realised that the show would not return for the following year at worst it was hoped that the show would return in a few years time, like it had between Season Twenty Two and Season Twenty Three. But as the years passed it became clear that this would not be the case.

At first John Nathan-Turner was the person blamed for killing the show but as history has proved it was the exact opposite. One could argue that John Nathan-Turner actually kept the show going a lot longer than it would have – and this was despite him wanting to be moved on from the show. His desire to leave the show though had diminished when Andrew Cartmel took over from Eric Saward as Script Editor. With Sylvester McCoy more settled in the role of the Seventh Doctor and the better dynamics between The Doctor and his companion – thanks to Sophie Aldred’s brilliant portrayal of Ace – the show was at last heading in a better direction with improved storylines and a much more darker and mysterious Doctor.

But then, at the end of 1989, production on the show had ceased and it would be over fifteen years before the show would return as a regular programme. But during this period the show refused to go away. Doctor Who may have left our screens but it was not forgotten – helped by the fact that the show’s merchandise continued to grow with the steady release of past stories on VHS video and the introduction of Virgin Books’ The New Adventures series of novels which basically continued on from "Survival" telling the further adventures of the Seventh Doctor and Ace (and later, companions Bernice Summerfield, Chris Cwej and Roslyn Forrester).

During this time Doctor Who also celebrated, in 1993, another milestone event – its Thirtieth Anniversary. As the show was currently not on our screens this event was celebrated with the special mini-story "Dimensions in Time" which contained all the incarnations of The Doctor (in one form or other) and a number of companions – in a storyline that also involved the cast and sets of EastEnders.

Then in 1996 the long-awaited return of Doctor Who took place when the show returned to our screens for a proper, feature length movie. This direct-to-television film was a joint production between the BBC, Universal Television and Fox Television, and was produced entirely in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada - to date the only Doctor Who story filmed in Canada. It was the first attempt to revive Doctor Who, following its cancellation in 1989. It was intended as a back-door pilot for a new American-produced Doctor Who television series, and introduced Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in his only televised appearance as the character. Although it was a ratings success in the UK, the film did not fare well on American television, and so no new series was purchased.

British expatriate Philip Segal had been working since 1989 to forge a co-production deal between an American company and the BBC to make a new Doctor Who series. At that time, Philip Segal was working with Columbia Pictures, but little had come of his efforts by the time he left Columbia for a two-year stint at ABC. Subsequently, Segal went to work for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and shortly thereafter resumed his efforts to acquire the rights to Doctor Who. By June 1992, he was joined in these efforts by Peter Wagg, producer of the eclectic science-fiction series Max Headroom.

The main parties involved in discussions to bring Doctor Who back were Amblin Entertainment and the BBC. Also involved were Amblin's parent company, Universal Pictures, and the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Enterprises. Negotiations stretched into 1993 but despite many difficulties by January 1994 an agreement had been reached where Philip Segal became, for all intents and purposes, became Doctor Who's newest producer.

Together with designer Richard Lewis, and studio writer John Leekley, Philip Segal prepared an expensive and extensive series bible - titled "The Chronicles of Doctor Who?", to introduce Doctor Who in general, and the proposed new series in particular. Segal had envisioned this version of Doctor Who as being largely divorced from the original BBC series - although the basic concepts of Doctor Who were adhered to, the programme's mythos would be completely rewritten.

The opportunity to produce this new version of Doctor Who was offered to the four American networks. NBC and ABC were completely uninterested. CBS had initially offered Philip Segal a two-hour pilot and six one-hour episodes but this was retracted in mid-May. Only Fox (at the time the newest American network) was interested. But they were only willing to commit to a two-hour movie with the possibility of a second. It therefore appeared that Philip Segal's dreams of producing a new Doctor Who series were fast disappearing. But then in June 1994 Fox indicated that they were interested in having the initial movie serve as a ‘backdoor pilot’ and if ratings were sufficient they may consider a full series.

Meanwhile, John Leekley was working on the script for the movie. He submitted his first story proposal in July 1994, drawing heavily from the suggestions set forth in the newly created series bible. By now the hoped-for production date of July 1994 had long since been abandoned, due to the delays caused by CBS, and it was now planned that filming would begin in November (for a possible broadcast in May 1995), with work on a series potentially beginning the following July. For the movie, Philip Segal and Peter Wagg envisioned using Vancouver, British Columbia as their base, with some material possibly being shot in Denver or Utah.

Through mid-September 1994, John Leekley's script made the rounds of all the various organisations which had to approve it (Amblin, BBC Television, BBC Enterprises, the Fox network and Universal). Ironically it was Philip Segal's own boss Steven Spielberg who rejected this storyline as he was concerned that the script veered too closely to his own Indiana Jones franchise. Therefore by the end of September Philip Segal had to start again with a new writer.

Around the start of October 1994, at the instigation of Universal, Philip Segal met with veteran writer/producer Robert DeLaurentis who agreed to put together a new story proposal, using John Leekley's script as a starting point. However, after a draft story line, followed by a number of rewrites, Fox intervened and indicated that they were not happy with the direction Robert DeLaurentis was taking the project. At the suggestion of Trevor Walton, Fox's vice president in charge of movies, Philip Segal and Peter Wagg met with Matthew Jacobs, who had written for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. This selection was approved by the other interested parties, and Matthew Jacobs set to work in the beginning of May 1995. Essentially discarding all the work done to date Matthew Jacobs started afresh on an entirely new script.

Matthew Jacobs composed a storyline that, unlike the earlier previous versions, continued on virtually from the end of the original series, starting by introducing Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor. The Doctor arrives on modern-day Earth (in either San Francisco or New Orleans). However, The Master, who was dying, has transmogrified himself into a shape-shifting slick of DNA, and attacks The Doctor, mortally wounding him. The Doctor's body is found by a street kid named Jack who takes The Doctor to the hospital, where he is operated on - unsuccessfully - by Dr Kelly Grace (an obvious play on the name of actress Grace Kelly). In the morgue, The Doctor regenerates. Meanwhile, The Master acquires a temporary human host body. Jack has gained access to the TARDIS using gloves he pilfered from The Doctor's body. The Master raises Jack's father from the dead and through him uses Jack to take over the TARDIS. As Halloween approaches, The Master uses the TARDIS to unleash an army of the dead. With Dr Kelly Grace's help, The Doctor returns to the TARDIS and draws himself, The Master, Dr Kelly Grace, Jack and the dead into another dimension. He defeats The Master, returns Jack to Earth and leaves with Dr Kelly Grace.

Various changes were subsequently made and these were reflected in Matthew Jacobs’ first draft of his script, which he delivered in July 1995. The main changes being: The date was shifted to the days leading up to New Year's Eve instead of Halloween, San Francisco was specified as the location, after regenerating The Doctor sees a vision of his mother, Jack became Chang Lee, The Master's host body acquired a proper identity in the form of a fireman named Bruce and Dr Kelly Grace was now Dr Grace Wilson. The idea of The Master's body decaying throughout the story also made its first appearance, becoming more reptilian. The Eye of Harmony was also introduced - this being the link to The Master's death dimension. This time, when all four end up going through the Eye of Harmony, The Doctor saves Grace and Chang Lee (who is still killed and then resurrected) by embracing his past after conjuring up the ghost of his dead mother. The Master tries to repeat The Doctor's feat but is destroyed. The Doctor then departs alone, leaving Dr Grace Wilson and Chang Lee in San Francisco.

After receiving input from the various associated parties, Matthew Jacobs' next major draft was ready by the middle of August 1995. In this version The Master's plan now is to channel the emotional upswell of New Year's Eve through the Eye of Harmony, thereby reshaping the universe to his design, although the death dimension was still involved. The Doctor's half-human retinal print was now important as the focus of The Master's control over the death dimension. The Doctor and The Master now battled around the Eye of Harmony instead of inside it, and at its climax The Master was sucked down into the death dimension. Both Dr Grace Wilson and Chang Lee were killed this time around, only to be brought back to life by the Eye of Harmony.

All of this underwent major changes in the ensuing month, and the draft that appeared in September featured some further modifications. The death dimension was now gone, with the focus of The Master's schemes now an intergalactic roving force field called the Millennium Star which passes near Earth every thousand years. The Master intends to use the Eye of Harmony to harness the power of the Millennium Star, which will permit him to refashion the universe. The Master poses as a false messiah in order to influence Dr Grace Wilson and Chang Lee. The Doctor no longer experiences a vision of his mother shortly after his regeneration; instead, The Master causes this during their confrontation at the Eye of Harmony.

It was at this stage that some of the key crew positions started to be filled, most notably British director Geoffrey Sax, whose work included episodes of Bergerac and Lovejoy. Because the movie would be filmed in British Columbia, Canadian regulations meant that most of the rest of the crew would come from that country. This included production designer Richard Hudolin, whose major task was a redesign of the TARDIS Console Room. Philip Segal wanted to invoke the Jules Verne feel of the wooden version of the set used during Season Fourteen, but on a much grander scale. Construction on the TARDIS sets began very early on, during September, before the project had even been officially given the go ahead. Around the start of October 1995, Fox announced that the film would air in mid-May 1996.

Meanwhile, both Fox and Universal had approved Matthew Jacobs' script, leaving only the BBC to give their approval. Philip Segal was becoming concerned that further delays on this front might threaten the start of preproduction, and so arranged a meeting directly between Matthew Jacobs and the BBC, out of which several more changes arose. The story now began with The Doctor transporting The Master's remains back to Gallifrey, only to have The Master escape in his snake form. The TARDIS lands on Earth and is inadvertently killed as a result of Chang Lee's actions (instead of by The Master; this would eventually become a Chinatown gang shoot-out). Bruce is now an ambulance attendant who sees to The Doctor, while Chang Lee allies with The Master out of sheer greed. This also introduced the idea of The Master being tried and executed by the Daleks (the BBC had always been very keen on including the Daleks in the script in some fashion) and The Doctor needing a beryllium atomic clock. The clock's inventor was named Professor Wagg as a tribute to Peter Wagg's involvement in the project – who by this time had left to return to his family in London but who had stayed in touch to offer assistance, when required, to Philip Segal.

The next step was to cast the major roles. Sylvester McCoy had already agreed to appear, fulfilling a promise he had made to himself in 1989 to hand over the role of The Doctor to a successor in proper fashion. It was in fact Jo Wright (This films’ third producer who had been assigned by the BBC to represent their interests in this production), who had wanted Fourth Doctor Tom Baker to appear instead, but Philip Segal was adamant that the film continue on from where the original series had left off. Philip Segal also briefly considered the idea of including a role for Sophie Aldred as Ace, the Seventh Doctor's final companion. This, however, was quickly vetoed by the BBC. Philip Segal did decide to give the Seventh Doctor a new wardrobe, having long disliked both the umbrella and the question-mark pullover which were hallmarks of the original outfit. Costume designer Jori Woodman composed a new costume which echoed the earlier version but appeared much more refined. To Philip Segal's delight, Sylvester McCoy brought with him the hat he had worn throughout his time in the show.

As early as August 1994 a frontrunner had emerged to play the part of the Eighth Doctor. This was Paul McGann who had starred in a number of feature films, including Withnail And I, Alien 3 and The Three Musketeers. He had also been prominent on television in programmes such as The Monocled Mutineer and The Hanging Gale. Paul McGann was the first choice of both Philip Segal and Geoffrey Sax to play The Doctor, but they needed more possibilities to satisfy Fox who were worried about casting an unknown performer in the lead role. Finally, Philip Segal agreed to cast a better known actor in the role of The Master if they would agree to Paul McGann playing The Doctor. Fox finally agreed to this and so in January 1996 Paul McGann was unveiled to the world as the Eighth Doctor.

By this time the part of Dr Grace Wilson went to Daphne Ashbrook, who had numerous film and television credits to her name, including the title role in the "Melora" episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Given his concession regarding The Master, Philip Segal initially wanted Christopher Lloyd (of Back to the Future fame), a choice which met Fox's approval. However, Universal stalled due to concerns over Christopher Lloyd's fee, and by the time they gave the deal their approval, Christopher Lloyd was no longer available. After numerous other actors were considered Eric Roberts (brother of Pretty Woman's Julia Roberts), was cast - and, ironically, he earned a larger fee than Christopher Lloyd had been asking.

With production now just weeks away, Matthew Jacobs was working on fashioning his script into a finished form. BBC’s in-house script editor, Craig Dickson, passed on a number of comments and from this came the decision to eliminate the Millennium Star concept, with The Master's focus now simply to take over The Doctor's body. Matthew Jacobs’ final draft was ready by the end of December 1995 and this was fundamentally the version which was recorded. Other small changes that were eventually made included changing Grace's surname from Wilson to Holloway; having The Master break Bruce's wife's neck instead of shooting her; and excising a scene where The Master callously kills a hospital patient who resembles the Seventh Doctor. Much of Chang Lee's background had also been lost due to timing reasons by this stage.

Numerous other difficulties though still remained to be overcome. Geoffrey Sax had originally been promised a luxurious thirty-day shoot, but this was subsequently curtailed to just twenty-five days in order to save money. Then it was discovered that the BBC did not actually own the rights to the familiar Doctor Who theme music - this rested with Warner/Chappel Music, who wanted to charge a hefty fee for its use. Universal balked at this, but finally Philip Segal convinced the BBC to pick up the cost. The new theme arrangement would be composed by John Sponsier and John Debney.

Meanwhile, Richard Hudolin had completed work on the enormous TARDIS set, only a small fraction of which would actually be seen in the finished movie. Enormous detail went into the design - everything from busts of Rassilon's head visible in the Cloister Room, to a roundel-type design on the main doors to echo the look of the original Console Room. Every control on the main console actually did something, and the rotating panels indicating the current location and era made numerous references to Doctor Who lore: Gallifrey, Argolis ("The Leisure Hive"), Calufrax ("The Pirate Planet"), Manussa and the Sumarans ("Snakedance"), Sarn ("Planet of Fire"), the Kraals ("The Android Invasion"), and the Sensorites ("The Sensorites").

Location filming began in January 1996 which was interlaced with studio work. Various sites around Vancouver were used, including a disused wing of a children's hospital, the Plaza of Nations, and several street exteriors. No filming was actually carried out in San Francisco – for the establishing shots, stock footage was employed. The studio itself was located in nearby Burnaby.

During recording some problems were found with the script - such as the question of how The Master managed to get into the TARDIS when he first encounters Chang Lee - which had to be simply ignored. The final battle between The Doctor and The Master had been only briefly sketched, and had to be quickly fleshed out for filming. Geoffrey Sax had hoped to have images of all the previous incarnations of The Doctor to appear in the Eye of Harmony, but could not get clearance on the images in time. Ultimately, the production went four days over schedule, and even then some sequences were greatly simplified to save time - such as Chang Lee's death scene.

Post-production saw further trims being made. These included the loss of the scene where The Master confronts the security guards who are later found ‘slimed’. The Dalek voices were originally in keeping with the original series, but were changed due to concerns that they weren't audible enough. The BBC also expressed concerns that The Master's snake form was too comical, but little could be done about it at this stage. Several other errors were also discovered, most notably a reference to The Doctor having ‘twelve’ lives. This was subsequently amended to the correct number, thirteen.

Since making this film Paul McGann has continued his successful acting career, including roles in the movie FairyTale: A True Story and the Horatio Hornblower television series. Daphne Ashbrook has appeared in a variety of television programmes, such asJAG and Pacific Palisades. In February 1998, Philip Segal briefly entered into discussions with the BBC about the rights to remake the two Dalek feature films from the Sixties, but quickly decided there was little potential in the venture. In 2000, he co-wrote a book detailing the making of this film, entitled "Doctor Who: Regeneration". Philip Segal continues to work with his own production company.

Despite being the only televised story for the Eighth Doctor he continued to have further adventures. In 1997 BBC Books took over the mantle of Doctor Who publishing, producing monthly adventures for the Eighth Doctor – now accompanied by London runaway Samantha Jones. These adventures continued until September 2005 and introduced further companions. These included: Liverpudlian Fitz Kreiner, Faction Paradox agent Compassion (nee Laura Tobin), London securities broker Anji Kapoor, and a stowaway, Trix MacMillan. In the midst of his further travels, The Doctor lost his memory and his homeworld of Gallifrey and found himself battling against a new foe, Sabbath.

Meanwhile, in 1999, Big Finish Productions acquired the license to produce new audio adventures, with Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy stepping into the role of The Doctor alongside former companions and enemies. Then at the beginning of 2001 Paul McGann himself also returned, as the Eighth Doctor, for even more adventures. He was joined by India Fisher (playing the part of Charley Pollard. Other companions have since joined the Eighth Doctor on his travels including the alien C'rizz (played by Conrad Westmaas).

Ironically the Eighth Doctor’s era became the longest running (it is two months longer the Seventh Doctor’s era) at just less than nine years long (from June 1996 to March 2005). And this is despite this film being the only televised story for the Eighth Doctor.

Things to Watch Out For

The Seventh Doctor
The Seventh Doctor
Right from the start as soon as the opening credits finish we get what would become the final moments for the Seventh Doctor. It has been reported that Sylvester McCoy wanted to carry out a regeneration scene when his time to leave the show came around. After a wait of over 6 years he was able to properly hand over the reins to the Eighth Doctor.

Before the regeneration scene itself we get to see the Seventh Doctor relaxing in the TARDIS reading the H.G. Wells novel ‘The Time Machine’ and drinking a cup of tea. But this peace is soon shattered - along with his tea cup - when remains of The Master, whose ashes he is delivering to Gallifrey, escape from a sealed casket and manage to infiltrate the TARDIS console.

With the TARDIS out of control a forced materialisation takes place and the TARDIS lands in an alleyway in 20th Century San Francisco - right in the middle of a battle between rival gangs. Unfortunately, for The Doctor when he exits from his TARDIS he is met by a hail of bullets. This results in him being taken to a nearby hospital and operated on by Dr Grace Holloway who, because of The Doctors' alien anatomy, inadvertently kills her patient.

It is the regeneration scene that follows that is possible remembered the most. After the Seventh Doctor apparently 'dies' on the operating table his body is taken to the hospital's morgue. There The Doctor regenerates. Strange lightening takes places inside the cubicle while outside one of the morgue technicians is watching a scene from the film 'Frankenstein' where the creature comes to life after being given an electric shock - so mimicking what is happening to The Doctor.

Finding himself locked in the cubicle The Doctor eventually breaks free by knocking the door down. The morgue technician, on having witnessed The Doctor coming back to life, faints.

Later that night, after The Doctor has left the hospital in Dr Grace Holloway's car, The Master arrives looking for The Doctor. What follows is a number of scenes that have been described as being very similar in style to those seen in the Terminator movies. This involves The Master dressed in dark clothes and wearing dark glasses as he gains entry to the hospital. One really good scene is were the black and white checkerboard tiles in a corridor start to flow forming into The Master - again very similar in style to when the liquid parts of the Terminator flow back together into a human form.

Another scene worthy of comment is the motorbike chase through the streets of San Francisco. The Doctor and Dr Grace Holloway, after escaping from the ambulance being driven by Chang Lee and The Master, steal a police motorbike to continue their journey to the Institute for Technological Advancement and Research where The Doctor wants to visit so he can steal a beryllium clock that he needs to repair the TARDIS. With The Doctor and Dr Grace Holloway on the motorbike and The Master and Chang Lee pursing them in the ambulance a hair-raising chase through the streets takes place.

This film ends with The Doctor parting company from Chang Lee and Dr Grace Holloway where it is thought, at first, that Dr Grace Holloway may be tempted to accompany The Doctor on his travels. However, he re-enters the TARDIS, alone once more. As he sits down, with his book and cup of tea, everything is peaceful once more with the usual hum of the TARDIS the only sound as the time-machine takes The Doctor towards further adventures...

Broadcast Details

Grace and The Doctor
Grace and The Doctor
Being primarily an American production the first trailers began airing on the Fox network in April 1996. While in the UK, the BBC began airing their own trailers shortly afterwards. The film was also the subject of two major articles in the BBC's Radio Times magazine, one in March and a second in May.

This film made its debut at a screening for the Directors' Guild of America in Los Angeles on the 8th May 1996. It then received its first broadcast on the 12th May on CITV in Edmonton, Alberta. This marked just the third time a Doctor Who story had received its first transmission outside of the UK. The other instances being the Twentieth Anniversary special "The Five Doctors", which premiered in Chicago, and the final two episodes of the 1988 Seventh Doctor story "Silver Nemesis", which were first televised in New Zealand.

Fox network first aired this film on the 14th May. Unfortunately, it was broadcast at the same time as the "Heart & Soul" episode of Roseanne on ABC, in which popular character Dan Conner (played by John Goodman) suffered a heart attack. Despite the fierce opposition it was viewed by 5.5 million viewers in the US. This though was well below what was hoped.

For a long time, the UK transmission date was uncertain, with airdates from mid-May to Christmastime being considered. Finally, it was announced that this film would air at 8.30pm on the 27th May 1996 – The Bank Holiday Monday. This would be preceded by two special screenings at BAFTA on the 13th May. One was for potential merchandise licensees and the other for fans who had won tickets including via the Doctor Who Magazine and the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

A video release on the 15th May had also been planed but BBC Video was displeased with BBC Television's decision to broadcast the film so close to the video's on-sale date, as they feared that it would badly affect their profits. Matters only got worse when the British Board of Film Classification decided that the version of the movie aired in the United States would be given a 15 certificate and so, in order to obtain the 12 certificate desired by BBC Video, about two minutes worth of edits had to be made. This therefore delayed the video release until the 22nd May which was even closer to the broadcast date.

The first scene trimmed, for the UK broadcast and video release, was the one set in the alley where the TARDIS lands, with cuts including Chang Lee's gang firing at the departing car; Chang Lee's two friends being shot while Chang Lee himself avoids the hail of bullets (consequently, in the edited version the fate of Chang Lee's friends is never shown, although one of their bodies is later visible before Chang lee checks on The Doctor); the third and fourth gunmen aiming at Lee; the gunmen firing at the newly-materialised TARDIS (in the edited version, the arrival of the TARDIS is preceded by a reaction shot of the gunmen taken from the excised material). The other main cut was the operating scene – resulting in the music having to be rearranged. Drastic cuts were made to Grace's attempts to retrieve the probe and the efforts to revive The Doctor; gone completely are Grace mentioning that the probe is still stuck in The Doctor's body and The Doctor's final scream. Also edited out were the close-up shot of The Master twisting Chang Lee's head, and the sound effect of Bruce's wife's neck snapping (although not the sequence itself).

The BAFTA version of the film included the same edits to the alley and operating scenes as the broadcast version, as well as the omission of the ‘based on’ caption. Strangely though it included a small amount of extra material, consisted of additional points of view of The Doctor kicking the surgical tools off the table.

This film was also broadcast in several other countries. ABC in Australia aired it on the 7th July and TVNZ in New Zealand on the 30th October. While French broadcaster France2 aired the film on the 18th March 1997 as "Le Seigneur Du Temps" (i.e. "The Time Lord").

Unlike in the US the broadcast of this film in the UK was very successful - earning 9.1 million viewers. Unfortunately, even before the broadcast in the UK it was already clear that Fox would not continue with the production of the show and without a co-production partner, the BBC was unable to continue alone. Universal's license for Doctor Who was due to expire at the end of 1996, but the BBC granted them an extension until the end of December 1997 but Universal had little luck in interesting any other entity in Doctor Who, and so their option to make another film or a complete series eventually ran out.

With the license for Doctor Who back with the BBC around September 1999, Russell T Davies (producer of Dark Season and the UK version of Queer as Folk, and author of the Virgin Books’ The New Adventures novel "Damaged Goods") was approached about spearheading a new Doctor Who series with a working title of Doctor Who 2000. Although nothing came of this. Then in August 2001, Dan Freedman - producer of the BBC Online Doctor Who audio story "Death Comes to Time" - was attached to a proposed new series with a target airdate of 2003. However, except for a humorous skit, "Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death", which aired as part of the BBC's Comic Relief charity drive in March 1999, no new televised Doctor Who materialised and for years it looked as it if this film would be the final televised Doctor Who story.

Once again it seemed as if Doctor Who would once become a television memory. But Doctor Who was not dead, thanks in part to the continued merchandise and its huge fan following, because in September 2003 the seeds were sown for its rebirth. The show would once again be produced by the BBC and its production would be headed by none other than Russell T Davies. After such a long wait, since the show’s original cancellation at the end of 1989, Doctor Who finally returned to our television screens for a full season of stories, starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, in March 2005.

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First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first direct-to-television film. (Doctor Who: The Movie)

 The first Doctor Who story for 6 years - since the 1989 story "Survival". (Doctor Who: The Movie)

 Paul McGann's first appearance as the Eighth Doctor. (Doctor Who: The Movie)

 Eric Roberts' first appearance in the show as The Master. (Doctor Who: The Movie)

The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 Sylvester McCoy's last regular appearance as the Seventh Doctor. (Doctor Who: The Movie)

 The last Doctor Who story for 9 years - until the 2005 story "Rose". (Doctor Who: The Movie)

 Paul McGann's last regular appearance as the Eighth Doctor. (Doctor Who: The Movie)

 Eric Roberts' last appearance in the show as The Master. (Doctor Who: The Movie)

In Print

Doctor Who CMS Magazine (In Vision)Issue 108 - (Released: August 2003)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 433 - (Released: May 2011)
Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50Issue 457 - (Released: March 2013)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveMovie Special - (Released: 1996)

Additional Stories

Only the First 50 Additional Stories are shown below - Click to Show All Additional Stories
TitleRelease Date (UK)FormatSourceCompanions
The Dying DaysApril 1997NovelThe New Adventures Bernice Summerfield and UNIT
The Eight DoctorsJune 1997NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Vampire ScienceJuly 1997NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
The BodysnatchersAugust 1997NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
GenocideSeptember 1997NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones and Jo Grant
War of the DaleksOctober 1997NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Alien BodiesNovember 1997NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
KursaalJanuary 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Option LockFebruary 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Model Train SetMarch 1998Short Story/AudioShort Trips
The People's TempleMarch 1998Short Story/AudioShort Trips Samantha Jones
Longest DayMarch 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Legacy of the DaleksApril 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Susan
Dreamstone MoonMay 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Seeing IJune 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Placebo EffectJuly 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
Vanderdeken's ChildrenAugust 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
BountySeptember 1998AudioEarth and Beyond Samantha Jones
The Scarlet EmpressSeptember 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
The Janus ConjunctionOctober 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
BeltempestNovember 1998NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
The Face-EaterJanuary 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones
The TaintFebruary 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones and Fitz Kreiner
TotemMarch 1999Short StoryMore Short Trips
Dead TimeMarch 1999Short Story/AudioMore Short Trips Samantha Jones
Femme FataleMarch 1999Short StoryMore Short Trips Samantha Jones
DemontageMarch 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones and Fitz Kreiner
Revolution ManApril 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones and Fitz Kreiner
DominionMay 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones and Fitz Kreiner
Unnatural HistoryJune 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones and Fitz Kreiner
Autumn MistJuly 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones and Fitz Kreiner
Interference: Book OneAugust 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones, Fitz Kreiner, Compassion & Sarah Jane Smith
Interference: Book TwoAugust 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Samantha Jones, Fitz Kreiner, Compassion & Sarah Jane Smith
The Blue AngelSeptember 1999NovelThe Eighth Doctor Stories Fitz Kreiner and Compassion
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