First, let’s go through the negative bits because there are positive things about this film. The film felt too American, ok they were faithful to the source of the show, they had a British actor for the leading role and they kept the TARDIS as a Police telephone box. However, the overall piece felt like it was stereotyping us Brits by making us tea obsessed, well spoken Victorian gentlemen. The story also lacked something, I did find from time to time my mind wandering somewhere else. Also making the Doctor half-human… What were they thinking?!
Now for the positives! I promise from now on I’ll be focusing on the positive side of the film. The performance from McGann was exceptionally enjoyable, we were given a new Doctor not to mention McCoy’s nice little scenes at the start. McCoy will always be one of my personal favorite Doctors. I liked the fact that the Doctor was back and now the TV show ER influenced the early stages of the film, it was like the makers tried to make Doctor Who for a 90s audience but sadly we weren’t ready for its return until 2005. The film was also Paul McGann’s only television appearance of the Doctor until 2013, where he starred in ‘The Night of the Doctor’, which acted as the prequel to the 50th Anniversary Special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’. The little Easter eggs here and there from the classic series were enjoyable, we had a glimpse of a very long scarf, Jelly Babies even a book penned by H.G Wells. It seems that the Doctor and the Master are big Wells fans and that maybe it could also be subtle nod to Timelash, where the Doctor briefly meets the man himself.
I also liked the idea of the Doctor arriving in the year 1999, where many people were paranoid that the world would end and it seems that the writers played on that for the film’s storyline. I found the Dalek chipmunks at the start hilarious and not really frightening, even though you don’t really see them. It was really fitting though to have the Doctor and the Master facing each other and a long and over due break. The many great things that this film has influenced is a series of awesome 8th Doctor audio-plays and novels, with the BBCi animated adventure Scream of the Shalka which starred Richard E Grant as the leading role.
Therefore I shall award this film a generous 7/10 beryllium clocks.