Doctor Who thing: you won’t believe how much worse the US TV movie could have been

I don’t know how I missed this earlier. In 2011, io9 posted a bit of video cribbed from the then-new Region 1 DVD release [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] of Fox’s 1996 attempt to reboot Doctor Who. It’s Paul McGann’s audition video, using an earlier version of the script. I challenge you not to howl (or moan in agony) out loud at this:
[Crap. The video won’t embed. But you can watch it at io9.]

See io9 for more about the bonus material. (I have the old Region 2 DVD, which has no extras on it that I can recall.)

Via @feelinglistless.

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

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Wed, May 01, 2013 2:26pm

Thanks for the link. There was a special edition R2 rerelease which has an excellent documentary about the whole thing and these audition pieces. The definitive history is still Philip Segal and Gary Russell’s book. Liam Cunningham was among the actors who also auditioned.

Damian Barajas
Damian Barajas
Wed, May 01, 2013 4:32pm

Challenge accepted!

And… failed!

Wed, May 01, 2013 10:53pm

So was Martha and the Doctor’s conversation in “The Sound of Drums” an inside joke?

Martha: I thought you were going to say he was your brother or something?

Doctor: You’ve been watching too much TV.

Thu, May 02, 2013 5:08pm

I know the Doctor Who TV movie is not a great movie, but it’s never boring and it is often visually arresting. I think of the Star Wars prequels and any number of Trek films and how utterly boring they are–what *drivel* they are!–and the Who TV movie, as-is, comes off pretty well. And here we see just how bad it could have been. (Interesting to see where the Doctor’s “human mum” ::shudder:: came from.)

Hey, shall we talk about the two Peter Cushing “Doctor Who and the Daleks” movies that nobody ever wants to even think about? ;) Apparently Cushing was offered both first and third doctor roles on the show but turned down the first and would have taken but couldn’t due to scheduling problems for the third.

Louie Louie
Thu, May 02, 2013 9:53pm

Believe it or not, the Master would have been revealed to be the Doctor’s brother in the proposed last episode of Pertwee’s era. The Master would have given his life to save “his brother”, who would have regenerated into the Fourth.

Unfortunately this episode was never made, due to Roger Degaldo’s untimely death in a car accident; the master did not return until 1976, with a decayed form played by Peter Pratt.