WHO 1996 TV movie gets a bad name for too many reasons. it has it's faults, but sometimes the movie does get it right.
The TV movie which was a co-Production between Universal Pictures, FOX TV, and
BBC Worldwide was a struggle of getting new DOCTOR WHO on the air after seven years of fighting with the BBC who
didn't care about the show they cancelled back in 1989 and various scripts with too
many people mixing the pot. The British way of creating TV is more driven by the creator where sometimes you get mixed
or terrible results when Hollywood gets it's hands on a foreign property. Paul MCGann does a brilliant job in
his only appearance as the Eighth Doctor while Eric Roberts overacts as The Master (one of the many archenemies of the Doctor).
I wish they could bring back McGann for an episode of the new series.
TV movie wasn't a success and it made the show to become quiet for a few years more until the BBC brought it back to continued
success. The TV movie was ahead of it's time as it foreshadowed some of the elements that would become commonplace
in the new series. the Doctor become more romantically involved with people in the new show where just a couple of
kisses in the 1996 TV movies caused a stir among a few fans.
TV movie enjoyed release elsewhere for several years on VHS and DVD due to the mix of rights involved in the USA.
All the right issues with Universal finally were sorted out which finally resulted in the TV movie seeing it's overdue
release on DVD in North America.
commentary 1 by director Geoffrey Sax
commentary 2 by actors Paul McGann (Doctor 8) and Sylvester McCoy
(Doctor 7) as moderated by Nicholas Briggs
THE SEVEN YEAR HITCH- a documentary about the problems
that caused the TV movie to take so long to get made.
STRANGE LOVE- fans talk about where the TV movie gone wrong, what it got right, and how it shares some stuff with the
5 minutes behind-the-scenes featurette along with the original Electronic Press
Kit from 1996. Producer David Segal gives a tour of one of the coolest TARDIS sets ever. Also on the disc is
the original Paul McGann screen test that features scenes from an earlier script for the TV movie which features some
things about The Master that were thankfully cut from the final script. Two VFX tests are nice to look at.
WHO'S PETER 1989-2009- the second part of a series where the TV series Blue
Peter helped keep Doctor Who alive as Blue Peter is a show about fandom in a way.
WILDERNESS YEARS- a focus on all the various material that kept DOCTOR WHO alive between 1989 and 1996 through books, magazines,
CDs, and video. the same stuff kept it alive after the TV movie until the new show in 2005.
STRIPPED FOR ACTION: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR- a focus on the various comic
strips that featured Doctor number 8 that ran through DOCTOR WHO Magazine and to a smaller extent RADIO TIMES.
TOMORROW'S TIMES- THE EIGHTH DOCTOR- all about the press coverage
The 1996 DOCTOR WHO TV movie gets a bad rap undeservedly, and it is a
good piece of the DOCTOR WHO cannon to watch again to witness some of the things that would become commonplace in the new
series. The great wealth of extras including the fascinating making-of documentary make this one of the best DVD releases
in the DOCTOR WHO series.
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