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Doctor Who (1996)

Countries of Origin: UK/USA
Dates of Original Broadcast:
12 May 1996
Number of Episodes: 1
Episode Running Times: 85m
Format:
Colour Format: colour
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Sound: stereo


DIRECTION

Directed by: Geoffrey Sax


CREW

PRODUCTION
Copyright: © BBC Worldwide Ltd and MCA Television Limited
Executive Producers: Alex Beaton, Philip David Seagal
Executive Producer for the BBC: Jo Wright
Produced by: Peter V. Ware
Co-producer: Matthew Jacobs
Production Manager: Fran Rosati
Production Coordinator: Sandra Palmer

SCRIPT
Written by: Matthew Jacobs

DIRECTION
First Assistant Director: Patrice Leung
Second Assistant Director: David Klohn
Script Supervisor: Jessica Clothier

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Glen MacPherson
Camera Operator: Randal Platt
First Assistant Camera: Greg Fox
Second Assistant Camera: Nick Watson
Gaffer: Andrew Davidson
Key Grip: Dave Gordon
Still Photography: Joe Lederer
Cameras by: Clairmont

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Edited by: Patrick Lussier
Additional Editing by: Daria Ellerman

MUSIC
Music by: John Debney
Additional Music by: John Sponsler and Louis Serbe
Title Music: Ron Grainer [uncredited]

SOUND
Sound Mixer: Gordon W. Anderson
Sound Supervisor: Jacqueline Christianini

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Costume Designer: Jori Woodman
Make-Up: Joann Fowler
Hairstylist: Julie McHaffie

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects Coordinator: Gary Paller

VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual Effects Producer: Tony Dow

Visual Effects by: Northwest Imaging & FX
Visual Effects Supervisor: Eric Alba
Visual Effects Coordinator: Mariush Kushniruk

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Richard Hudolin
Art Director: Bridget McGuire
Set Decorator: Cynthia Lewis
Property Master: Dan Sissons
Construction Coordinator: Derick MacLeod
Head Painter: Barry Kootchin

OTHER CREW
Head Accountant: Beverly Wiens
Transportation Coordinator: Dennis Houser
Driver Captain: John Oliver
First Aid/Craft Service: Jim Rankin

LOCATIONS
Filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada
Location Manager: Ed Hesling

STUNTS
Stunt Coordinators: J.J. Makaro, Fred Perron

CASTING
Casting by: Beth Hymson-Ayer
Casting by: Trish Robinson (Vancouver)
Extras Casting: James Forsyth
United Kingdom Casting Consultants: John & Ros Hubbard


CAST

starring
Paul McGann (The Doctor)

special guest star
Eric Roberts (The Master/Bruce the paramedic)

guest starring
Daphne Ashbrook (Dr Grace Holloway)
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Yee Jee Tso (Cheng Lee)
John Novak (Salinger)
Michael David Simms (Dr Swift)

with
Catherine Lough (Wheeler)
Dolores Drake (Curtis)
William Sasso (Pete)
Jeremy Radick (Gareth)
Eliza Roberts (Miranda)
Bill Croft (motorcycle policeman)
Dave Hurtubise (Professor Wagg)
Joel Wirkkunen (Ted)
DeeJay Jackson (security guard)
Gordon Tipple (the old Master - role cut from film, though he's still credited)
Mi-Jung Lee, Joanna Piros (news anchors)


PLOT SUMMARY

Transporting the remains of The Master, recently executed by the Daleks, back to Gallifrey, The Doctor detours to San Francisco on the eve of the Millennium and is gunned down in a gangland shootout. He dies at the hospital, but regenerates and sets out to stop The Master, who has also been reborn, from destroying the Earth using The Doctor's TARDIS.


CAPSULE REVIEW

McGann is fantstic, the sets are magnificent,the direction is moody and atmospheric, and McCoy gets a fitting farewell. But this much-vaunted revival was woefully underwritten and the plot is a standard runaround that seems to be about nothing in particular, with Roberts ruining every scene he appears in by hamming it up outrageously. It revitalised Who fandom, and undoubtedly helped to keep the show alive, but if we're really honest, this was a major disappointment.


AVAILABILITY

UK
Television Distributor: BBC
Video Distributor: BBC Video
DVD Distributor: BBC Video (BBCDVD1043)

USA
Television Distributor: Fox Network


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

UK
Rating: 12 (cut by 1 min 6 sec; cuts restored in 2001)


TIMELINE

1996
May

12: Canada - television broadcast
14: USA - television broadcast
22: UK - video release
27: UK - television broadcast

July
7: Australia - television broadcast

2001
August

13: UK - DVD release (BBC Video (BBCDVD1043))


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Doctor Who  The Movie - UK video title


LINKS

SEQUEL TO
Doctor Who (1963 - 1989)

SEQUEL
Doctor Who (2005 - )


REFERENCES

BOOKS

Doctor Who: The Television Companion pp.542-547
credits, synopsis, review (by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker)

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits


KEYWORDS

aliens, time travel


Last Updated: 6 April, 2010

 

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