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Documentary of Paul McGann’s ill-fated 1996 Doctor Who movie to get theatrical release next month

September 23rd, 2022 by Marc Comments

Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary is next November – does not feel like ten years since we all headed to the cinema, Sonic Screwdrivers in hand, to see The Day of the Doctor for the show’s 50th, does it? – and it looks like we have some fun stuff coming up between now and then, with a documentary about Paul McGann’s ill-fated movie.

Doctor Who Am I is co-directed by Vanessa Yuille and writer of the 1996 movie, Matthew Jacobs, and will be hitting cinemas – although we’ll likely have to search to find it playing anywhere close – in October, ahead of the final appearance of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.

Jacobs faced a lot of fan backlash back in the day because he stated that the Doctor was half-human and – gasp! – kiss his companion, played by Daphe Ashbrook. Ah, simpler times, eh?

While the movie was ill-received, McGann has since become one of fandom’s favourite Doctors thanks, in no small part, to Big Finish’s audio adventures and was actually brought back to the role for the 50th anniversary short Night of the Doctor:

McGann, Ashbrook and the Movie’s Master, Eric Roberts, are all in the documentary to give their take on the movie and its reception.

In exploring this pivotal moment in the franchise’s history, Matthew unexpectedly finds himself a kindred part of this close-knit, yet vast, family of fans. This is a funny and emotionally perilous documentary, packed full of Doctor Who whimsy and celebrating a passionate, united fanbase.

On the doc, Yuille said: “We’re a small movie with a big heart and [distributors] Kaleidoscope saw that right away. Teaming up with Kaleidoscope is a perfect match for us because even though we’re an American movie, they understand the Doctor Who franchise and the global reach of the fandom. They can bring our documentary from the ‘Whoniverse’ to the universe.”

Jacobs added: “Now, more than ever, we need a positive movie about Doctor Who fandom as we move towards the show’s 60th anniversary. We’re so excited Kaleidoscope, like audiences have, recognize that our documentary is essential viewing for all lovers of storytelling.”

Doctor Who has had a bumpy few years under the guiding hand of Chris Chibnall but now that he’s standing down and Russell T Davies is coming back, the documentary will hopefully mark the beginning of Doctor Who’s triumphant return.

Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….