Let’s face it – the 1996 TV movie is more than a bit rubbish. The plot doesn’t make sense, the pace is terrible, and it wanders so far from the Doctor Who cannon most of the “facts” it establishes are pretty much ignored by everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I love Paul McGann’s Doctor and the actual execution of the script wasn’t half bad, but overall the film is just a little cringe-worthy.
However, the Eighth Doctor’s single television story is still entertaining for all the wrong reasons, and every time I watch it I find myself in fits of laughter. Here’s a handful of moments that make Doctor Who worth an hour-and-a-half of your time.
I don’t know why, but for some reason I always find the scene were the Doctor bashes down the morgue door hilarious. I’m not sure if it’s the sheet that does it, or the way he puts on that ‘dazed and confused’ look, but by the time the guy faints and the Doctor just waddles past him – without even bothering to check of he’s okay – I’m practically crying.
The Hospital “Lockers”
Soon after regenerating, the Doctor raids the hospital lockers for a new costume. And he’s in luck, because they all happen to be unlocked.
Dr Grace Holloway’s Dress
Grace Holloway’s dress is the single most awful thing in the whole universe. Seriously, I find it very hard to believe it was ever fashionable, even in 1996.
“Bruce, you’re sick.” “Thank you.”
“I always drezz for the occasion”
The Retirement TARDIS
It’s silly and doesn’t really make any sense, but it’s still kind of funny Doctor just kind of went “I’m tired of saving the universe. I’m going to turn my console room into a lounge room and spend all day eating jelly babies, reading Earth literature and listening to music on tedious, primitive equipment.”
Like I said, it doesn’t really make any sense.