A must have for Dr Who fans : Dr Who TV movie out on BLURAY
Paul McGann is the Eighth Doctor and fans will be pleased to hear of the release of both his televised exploits and the Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie on bluray.
This double-disc set, packed with extras, includes his first outing twenty years ago in the TARDIS and his more recent adventure from the 50th Anniversary year, Night of the Doctor.
It was some 20 years ago that Paul McGann became the eighth doctor to take the controls of the Tardis. This Movie was intended as a pilot for a new series that sadly didn’t eventuate but it kept the spirit alive and was well received by UK fans with 9.1 million viewers tuning in to watch.
Produced as a joint venture between the BBC and the American network Fox, it was hoped to garner a much larger audience in the states and reinvigorate the series but with poor ratings in the US it was sidelined.
Sylvester McCoy reprised his role as the Seventh Doctor to complete a regeneration scene with the new Doctor, Paul McGann.
Despite playing the Doctor on screen for the shortest time of any actor, McGann was actually the Time Lord for the longest period – serving from 1996 to 2005 (beating off Slyvester McCoy by a matter of days).
DISC 1 EXTRAS
• Commentary #1
From director Geoffrey Sax (recorded 2001)
• Commentary #2
By Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, moderated by Nicolas Briggs (recorded 2009)
• The Seven Year Hitch
Documenting the return Doctor Who to the screen. Narrated by Amanda Drew.
• The Doctor’s Strange Love
Writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss The TV Movie with comedian Josie Long.
• The Night of the Doctor
The Night of the Doctor was a mini-episode released in 2013 in the run-up to the show’s 50th anniversary special. This marks Paul McGann’s second on-screen appearance as the Eighth Doctor.
• Photo Gallery
• Isolated Score
The option to view The TV Movie with the isolated music soundtrack.
• Music Tracks
Four tracks from the production presented in full: In a Dream, All Dressed Up, Ride into the Moonlight and Auld Lang Syne.
DISC 2 EXTRAS
• Paul McGann Audition
• Electric Press Kit
Used by Fox in 1996, this includes a short documentary and interview segments to allow other broadcasters to put together their own packages about the TV Movie.
• Behind the Scenes
On set and on location in Vancouver, Canada during the filming of The TV Movie.
• Philip Segal’s Tour of the TARDIS
• Alternate Takes
• BBC Trails
• Who Peter 1989-2009
The second part of this documentary, exploring the special relationship between Doctor Who and Blue Peter. Presented by Gethin Jones.
• The Wilderness Years
In the years between the end of the classic series and the broadcast of The TV Movie, Doctor Who survived in print, video and audio, kept alive by fans who were determined not to let it die.
• Stripped for Action – The Eighth Doctor
Looking at the Doctor’s adventures in comic-strip form.
• Tomorrow’s Times – The Eight Doctor
A look back at the contemporary coverage of The TV Movie in newspapers and other publications. Presented by Nicholas Courtney.
• VFX Tests June 1994
Early video effects tests by Amblin Imaging in 1994, featuring the ‘Spider Dalek’ design.
• VFX March 1996
Video effects presented as mute time-coded ‘work in progress’ shots from the CGI department.
Doctor Who: The Movie is released on bluray on September 19, 2016