“He’s back… and it’s about time” trumpeted the TV adverts, as fans eagerly awaited the return of the Doctor to their screens, in the form of Paul McGann. Bold, glossy and with state-of-the-art computer graphics, it marked the start of Doctor Who being made for a global audience. And although the movie failed to revive the series for good, it remains an undeniably important chapter in the show’s history.
The Doctor must carry the remains of the Master home, but even in death he can't be trusted. On the eve of the millennium, the new Doctor must not only save the world, but also his future lives...
The Doctor: I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.
Doctor Who: The Movie is an odd beast. Parts of it still enrage fans to this day - the Doctor being "half human", Eric Roberts' overly camp Master, the TARDIS's happy ending circuit. But at the heart of it, it's full-throttle knock-about, traditional Doctor Who, with added gloss and a car chase. Paul McGann is pitch perfect: Doctorish without being wacky and holding the movie together in many places. The TARDIS interior redesign is a bold move, which when supplemented with a bit of CGI, is very successful. And the thoroughly-modern Grace becomes the first companion to overtly fall in love with the Doctor, going so far as to ask him to stay with her - a theme that would be central to the revival of the series, 9 years later.