Synopsis: A TARDIS malfunction forces an emergency landing in San Francisco on December 30, 1999. While there, a newly regenerate Doctor must prevent his nemesis, the Master, from stealing his new body.
Who’s in it? Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook and Yee Jee Tso star in this movie.
Review: My wife and oldest daughter are newly-converted Whovians and, because of this, it was only a matter of time before we watched the movie version of “Doctor Who.” Even though I have been a fan of the series since I was a kid, this was also the first time I had a chance to see this particular film and, I have to admit, it was better than expected.
McGann is actually pretty impressive as the 8th incarnation of the Doctor. I wasn’t sure if that would be the case or not since this was the only time he played the character. However, his portrayal of the time-traveling alien was as good as any other I’ve seen.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the main plot, mostly because the idea of the Master stealing the Doctor’s body seemed a little weird at first. However, it actually did grow on me a bit and, if nothing else, I can honestly say the movie managed to entertain me.
I did end up having a couple of complaints about this film. First, I thought the film could have used a little more action. In all fairness to the writers, the Doctor is a character that doesn’t typically use violence and they were stuck with that limitation (unless, of course, they wanted to offend long-time fans of the series). However, I think they could have found some way of at least adding a little more suspense at the end, such as maybe having the Doctor find his way out of a complicated trap.
Another thing I wasn’t crazy about was the apparent romantic connection between the Doctor and his companion, Dr. Grace Holloway (Ashbrook). Mostly because it really doesn’t fit in well with the Doctor character, it just seemed to be forced at times and could have easily been left out of the movie.
Final Opinion: The movie was actually better than I was expecting it to be and I’m only sorry it took me so long to watch it.
My Grade: B