Doctor Who (1963)

Season 27 Episode 3

Doctor Who

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM May 27, 1996 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Plot hole: The Master was in the TARDIS before Lee. Lee had the only key known to the Master to open the door (he most likely did not know about the spare about the "P" mentioned by the Doctor later)

    • How the Doctor managed to acquire jelly babies after his regeneration is unknown. He had no access to his earlier incarnation's clothes or possessions.

    • Other Mistake: When the Doctor tells Grace he has 13 lives, his words do not match his lips.

    • The robes that the Master puts on before attempting to steal the Doctor's lives are similar to those worn by the Time Lord council during their appearances in episodes such as The Five Doctors.

    • In the couple of years before this film was produced, it was rumoured that American actor David Hasselhoff was interested in playing the Doctor! In this vision, the TARDIS would have talked, and, if taken up as a series, episodes were likely to be self-contained affairs, rather than the traditional multi-part stories. Thankfully, none of these rumours came to anything!

    • Producer Phil Segal has admitted that the final shooting script was assembled under tremendous pressure and fell some way short of what he'd originally hoped for. In the end he opted to try and make the film as enjoyable as possible and not worry about every plot hole. It was, presumably, pressure of time that caused Segal to make the Doctor half human, to relocate the Eye of Harmony in the TARDIS, and to allow the Doctor to reverse time and bring his companions back to life.

    • The Eye of Harmony previously appeared in Season 14's The Deadly Assassin, but on that occasion it was an ebony monolith located on Gallifrey, the nucleus of a black hole that was the source of all Time Lord power. It is unexplained as to why only human eyes can open the Eye. But then so is the exact nature of a 'temporal orbit'. And how the Master can transform himself into the snake-creature. And what exactly happens in the climax, and...

  • Quotes

    • The Master: Tell me, Lee. If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?
      Lee: A million dollars!
      The Master: (scoffs) Only a million. Come on. Think bigger!

    • Grace: Okay. You're trying to tell me that you've come back from the dead?
      The Doctor: Yes.
      Grace: No. Sorry. The dead stay dead. You can't turn back time.
      The Doctor: Yes, you can.
      Grace: I'm not a child. Don't talk to me like I'm a child. Only children believe that crap. I am a doctor.
      The Doctor: But it was a childish dream that made you a doctor. You dreamt you could hold back death. Isn't that true? Don't be sad, Grace. You'll do great things.

    • The Doctor: (voiceover) The Time Lord has 13 lives and the Master had used all of his. But rules never meant much to him. So, I stowed his remains safely for the voyage back. Because even in death I couldn't trust him.

    • The Doctor (voiceover): 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.

    • Grace: Thank you, Doctor.
      The Doctor: No. Thank you, Doctor.

    • Grace [ of the Doctor ]: Great. I finally meet the right guy, and he's from another planet!

    • Grace: He's British.
      The Doctor: I suppose I am.

    • The Master: That is why there's no time to waste.
      The Doctor: But time to change.
      The Master: I always dress for the occasion.

    • Grace: I suppose you knew Madam Curie too.
      The Doctor: Yes, intimately.
      Grace: Does she kiss as good as me?
      The Master: As well as you!

    • The Doctor: The entire universe is about to end, and I'm stuck in a traffic jam.

    • The Master: Life is wasted on the living.

    • The Doctor: I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there.

    • Nurse: Bruce, you're sick.
      The Master: Thank you.

    • Grace: But you have no recollection of family?
      The Doctor: No. No no no, wait wait wait... I remember... I - I - I - I'm with my father, we're lying back in the grass, it's a warm Gallifreyan night...
      Grace: Gallifreyan?
      The Doctor: Gallifrey! Yes, this must be where I live! Now, where is that?
      Grace: I've never heard of it. What do you remember?
      The Doctor: A meteor storm! The sky above us was dancing with light! Purple, green, brilliant yellow! Yes!
      Grace: What?
      The Doctor: These shoes! They fit perfectly! Yes!

    • Grace: Maybe you have selective amnesia brought on by shock.
      The Doctor: Maybe. I don't remember.

  • Notes

    • Eric Roberts (Bruce/The Master) and Eliza Roberts (Miranda) are real-life husband and wife.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Movie (BBCDVD 1043) released in August 2001.

      Video: Doctor Who (BBCV 5882) released in May 1996.

      There was no home video release in either VHS or DVD formats for the U.S./Canada market.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who: The Novel of the Film by Gary Russell (ISBN 0 563 38000 4) first published by BBC Books in 1996.

    • This is the first time since the The Aztecs that the Doctor has entered into a romantic relationship with a human.

    • The Master appears next in Utopia, having been resurrected by the Time Lord Council and granted a new regeneration cycle to lead the fight against the Daleks in the Time War.

    • This story is sometimes referred to as Doctor Who: The Movie, which was the title printed on the cover of the Region 2 DVD release. Executive producer Philip Segal suggested that fans might want to refer to the story as Enemy Within.

    • The brief appearance of the Master associated with cat-like eyes at the beginning of the movie directly links this with the story Survival, the last appearance of the Master in the original show, where he is infected with a Cheetah virus.

    • At the end of the original U.K. broadcast of this story in 1996, a caption after the closing credits read 'In Memory of Jon Pertwee', the beloved third Doctor who had died seven days earlier on 20 May.

    • The Daleks make a very brief (audio only) cameo at the beginning of the film. This sequence was recut and speeded up hence they sound rather more like chipmunks in the final edit.

    • The Master infers from the Doctor's retinal print that he is "half-human," while the Doctor tells Professor Wagg that he is "half-human, on [his] mother's side." Which contradicts everything we thought we knew about the Doctor.

    • Sylvester McCoy reprises his role as the Doctor's seventh incarnation, lending the production an authenticity that it would otherwise lack.

    • Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in January and February 1996.

    • An 85-minute TV movie. First aired on 14 May 1996. It was the U.S. Fox network's entire night of Tuesday broadcasting, beginning at 7.00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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