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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: ‘Doctor Who’: The Movie now available to torment North American fans

Oh, you American and Canadian Whovians without a region-free DVD player, today is your lucky day. For today is the day that the made-for-U.S.ian-TV Doctor Who movie starring Paul McGann as our favorite renegade Time Lord finally arrives on Region 1 DVD. Gary S. Dalkin’s review on Amazon is a small thing of beauty. An excerpt:

[T]he most eccentrically British of programs [has] been almost entirely assimilated by the requirements of American network broadcasting. Matthew Jacobs’ screenplay is literally nonsense, dependent on arbitrary, unexplained events while introducing numerous elements that contradict established Doctor Who mythology. The Tardis is re-imagined as a bizarre pre-Raphaelite/Gothic folly, while the Doctor, now half-human, becomes romantically involved with his lady companion. From the West Coast setting to metallic CGI morphing, from the look of Eric Roberts as the Master to a motorcycle/truck freeway chase, director Geoffrey Sax borrows freely from James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Doctor Who fans should feel relieved this travesty was not successful enough to lead to a series…

What he said. I expound in greater detail here. Not that I’m suggesting you shouldn’t see this. Oh, you must… if only so that the rest of us have company in our misery.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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