HERE IT is – an exclusive Doctor Who picture.
What do you think of it? I’m excited myself.
What? You were expecting something else? And yes, I am sorry!!
I watched the ill-fated TV movie the other night for the first time in ages, and while it had its obvious flaws it would have been interesting to see how McGann’s Doctor Who would have developed.
By flaws, I obviously mean the Doctor being half-human and Eric Roberts’s awful turn as The Master – did no-one give him any direction? And how did that get past the editors?
But McGann was engaging and the TARDIS looked fantastic – the budget giving it more scope and impact than it has even now.
What’s more, I was staggered to see how many coincidental connections it had with The Eleventh Hour, Matt Smith’s debut at the Doctor.
What do I mean?
1) The Doctor finds his new outfit by scavenging in a hospital
Eight picks up his Wild Bill Hickock jacket look shortly after his regeneration and seeing Tricky Dicky in the hospital’s locker room, while 11 sees off Prisoner Zero before saying goodbye to the Raggedy Doctor with some new threads as he searches for clothes in the changing room.
2) The Doctor commandeers a vehicle from the emergency services
In The Eleventh Hour, the Doctor leaps into a nearby Fire Engine to save the day, while Eight steals a police motorbike, as well as travelling in an ambulance.
3) The Doctor has to do without his sonic screwdriver
Whereas 11’s screwdriver sparks out following its immersion in goop by Prisoner Zero, Eight loses his screwdriver while he is regenerating, when it is stolen along with the rest of his possessions by street hoodlum Chang Li.
4) The Doctor faces a race against time to save the Earth
For the Atraxi’s 20-minute deadline to destroy the planet in The 11th Hour, see the Master‘s plan to drain the Doctor’s lives using the Eye of Harmony by midnight at the new Millennium. Tick, tock, Doc.
5) The Doctor faces a reptilian enemy, who can disguise his true appearance
The Master first appears as a sinuous, translucent snake-like creature, before he possesses Eric Roberts’ hapless Paramedic Bruce. For 11, he faces the sinuous, translucent Prisoner Zero, before it changes into human form.
I’m sure it’s just coincidence, and thank goodness Steven Moffat is a genius mastermind who wouldn’t lift huge points from a previous story.
- TV matters: Doctor Who, featuring President Nixon (guardian.co.uk)