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Doctor Who - The Movie / Doctor Who - Enemy Within

USA / UK 1996
produced by
Peter V. Ware, Alex Beaton (executive), Philip David Segal (executive), Jo Wright (executive) for BBC, Universal, 20th Century Fox
directed by Geoffrey Sax
starring Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, Sylvester McCoy, Yee Jee Tso, John Novak, Michael David Simms, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Dolores Drake, Will Sasso, Jeremy Radick, Eliza Roberts, Bill Croft, David Hurtubise, Joel Wirkkunen, Dee Jay Jackson, Gordon Tipple, Mi-Jung Lee, Joanna Piros, Michael Roberds, Geoffrey Sax (voice)
written by Matthew Jacobs, music by John Debney

TV pilot
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Paul McGann), Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) (cameo), The Master

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Master has been killed for good, and in his last will he has asked Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) to take his remains to his home planet Gallifrey - which the Doctor agrees to, however surprised he might be. But of course, the Master isn't really dead but has turned into some kind of slime that soon enough takes over the Doctor's time machine, the TARDIS, and lands it in San Francisco 1999. When the Doctor steps out, he's immediately fatally shot by some thugs. He's brought to the hospital where surgeon Grace (Daphne Ashbrook) pretty much immediately pronounces him dead - even though she is intrigued by his two hearts she can make heads or tails of. On the way to the hospital, the slime that was once the Master takes over the body of paramedic Bruce (Eric Roberts) to become the new Master - but there's a problem, this new body isn't permanent, but the "Eye of Harmony" that's conveniently carried by the Doctor's TARDIS, can somehow transfer his mind into another Timelord's body, a Timelord like the Doctor. The Doctor of course isn't really really dead but has since regenerated (into Paul McGann) and now he's desparate to get back to the TARDIS - to see that the Master has left the Eye of Harmony open and now the TARDIS has run out of power, so he needs some nuclear thingy to refuel it, a nuclear thingy like the one in the superprecise nuclear clock that's to be revealed at New Year 2000 in a big ceremony Grace, whom the Doctor has since enlisted as his companion, conveniently has tickets to. And he needs the nuclear thingy also because should the Master succeed in doing his body swap, it will pull the earth through a black hole. So of course, there are many chases, fights and all that, but ultimately the Doctor can push the Master into the Eye of Harmony, then close it, can jumpstart his TARDIS with the nuclear thingy, and New Year's Eve - and the world - is saved ...

 

Before Doctor Who was revived to great success in 2005 and has since gone (mostly) from strength to strength, fandom was overly excited about this attempt to revive the series laying dormant since 1989 as a British-American co-production - but this proposed pilot basically hit all the wrong notes: For one, the concept was terribly Americanized, to the point where a generic car chase is employed as a plot device, a customary love story is woven into the plot, and all the quirkiness that made the original series is gone, replaced by a really far-fetched sci-fi story that relies on too much coincidence and relies on too many new concepts that make little sense in the context of the series. On the plus side, at least Paul McGann makes a good Doctor while Eric Roberts as a villain is a joy to watch as always, but that's just not enough, and the typical TV-movie look of this one also did little to attract broader attention.

 

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