This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Doctor Who TV movie. I some how managed to convince Andrew to sit down and watch it with me – partially because it was shot in Vancouver and partially because he seems like to bad movies. There was a lot of laughter, disbelief, and amusement as we watched the movie together. Andrew also remarked on how American it felt, very unlike any of the other Doctor Who he had watched. Though Andrew didn’t love the movie he didn’t hate it and I’m just glad I got him to watch it with me.
One thing I love about the TV movie and the eighth Doctor more broadly is the range of possibilities that were created by the movie. Without the TV movie the new series as we know it probably wouldn’t have come to fruition. I also enjoy the fact that the eighth Doctor’s adventures have been extended through Big Finish, books, and comics. The TV movie was just one adventure leaving so much space for tangential writing and additional stories to be developed in other mediums.
If you’re looking for a way to dive back into the TV Movie both Radio Free Skaro and Verity! podcasts had great episodes around the time of the airing anniversary. RFS had an interview with Yee Jee Tso about Time and Spaces his photo book publication which compares the Vancouver 1996 movie shooting locations to the Vancouver landscape today. The same episode of RFS also included a panel Long Island Who recorded panel featuring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Matthew Jacobs, and Gary Russell. Both the interview and panel are well worth a listen. And if you’re looking for a slightly less serious way to rewatch the TV movie Verity! did a pretty amusing commentary of the movie.