5.5 out of 10
Release date: 23rd November 2013
Director: Nick Hurran (It’s a Boy Girl Thing / Little Black Book / Virtual Sexuality / Girl’s Night / Remember Me?)
Cast: Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman, Joanna Page, Jemma Redgrave with Tom Baker and Billie Piper
Featured extras: Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davidson, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, William Hartnell
Writer: Steven Moffat
Trailer: DOCTOR WHO – DAY OF THE DOCTOR
The 50th Anniversary of the first BBC broadcast of Doctor Who was celebrated by a one off cinematic event in 3D that was simultaneously released on the TV and on-demand (I think). So hence its inclusion as a film here on Britpic. Far less cinematic entries have made it on to our pages so we made an executive decision to include it. Both myself, Britpic Dick and Joe Pesci II saw it (myself at the cinema and Joe at home in his lair). Joe Pesci II is a long time WHO-ster (or Whoo-derphile), I am not but I rarely get around to seeing any TV shows. So for a Dr Who fans’ perspective read below (at the foot of the page). For a review of the ‘film’ as a standalone experience – carry on!
The plot as it goes sees the current Dr Who (MATT SMITH – CLONE) summoned to the National Gallery to look at a painting which appears to be that of his extinct planet Gallifrey from which some figures seem to have escaped. Meanwhile previous Dr Who (DAVID TENNANT – FRIGHT NIGHT) is to be found in Elizabethan England on the trail of a Zygon invasion. Even more meanwhile a third Dr Who (JOHN HURT – ALIEN) has decided to end the time war between the Daleks and the Time Lords once and for all but at what cost? That’s all I could fathom without help.
I haven’t seen any Dr Who episodes since the days of Peter Davidson and I kind of lost interest when Colin Baker took over. So it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten around to giving Dr Who any attention. I was curious to see how this ‘toe in the water’ approach to a ‘real’ Dr Who movie would work. On the whole I think it’s very good that they’ve made little concession towards non-fans. It’s refreshing to see a ‘spin-off’ that doesn’t try to win new fans but is more interested in rewarding it’s millions of followers. I found elements of the humour very funny and I liked the chemistry between Smith and Tennant. Also the cheap-er TV show special effects weren’t that bad. The 3D was way sharper than I’ve seen in the majority of large budget Holloywood behemoths. The length of the scenes between each edit were shorter and it was a very lean cut with no space for pretty establishing shots. This Dr Who was all about forward momentum on the plot.
SPOILER: Much has been made about the cameos – which by now are no secret (only looking at the cast list below will reveal its secrets). But the film also does well out of a game supporting cast of lesser known and previously underused name actors like Jemma Redgrave (HOWARD’S END). John Hurt is good value as the oldest in this line of Doctors. Most of them play it broadly but moments of sadness and pathos still translate with some fans weaping into their popcorn audibly. Good on them. And the story sees a major page turned for the next 50 years. I enjoyed what I could follow but still needed to be briefed on what I couldn’t make head or tail of – which at times felt like Matrix levels worth of exposition and expansion. My fault for not being a fan. If this wasn’t the film to please fans then I really don’t know what would please them.
5.5 out of 10 – One for the followers is this. There is fun to had for the newbie but if this is for the Whooderphiles amongst you, if you aren’t then please go/view with someone who is a fan, then they can explain what the bejesus is happening. I await a Dr Who movie with baited breath.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Matt Smith: Terminator 5, Lost River, Dr Who (TV), Clone
- David Tennant: Broadchurch (TV), What We Did On Our Holiday, Postman Pat Movie (voice), Nativity 2, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (voice), The Decoy Bride, Fright Night (2011), St Trinians 2, Glorious 39, Dr Who (TV), Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire, LA Without a Map
- Jenna Coleman: Dr Who (TV), Waterloo Road (TV), Emmerdale (TV)
- Joanna Page: Breathless (TV), Nativity 2, Gavin and Stacey (TV), Love Actually, Very Annie Mary
- Jemma Redgrave: Lassie (2005), I’ll Be There, The Acid House, Bramwell (TV), Buddha Of Suburbia (TV), Howard’s End
- John Hurt: Snowpiercer, Hercules (2014), Only Lovers Left Alive, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Immortals (2011), Brighton Rock (2011), Harry Potter 1,7 & 8, Melancholia, New York I Love You, 44 Inch Chest, The Limits Of Control, V For Vendetta, Hellboy 1 & 2, Outlander, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Perfume, The Oxford Murders, The Skeleton Key, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, The Proposition, Lost Souls, Contact, Night Train, You’re Dead, All The Little Animals, Love and Death On Long Island, WIld Bill (1995), Dead Man, Rob Roy, Second Best, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, Monolith, King Ralph, The Field, Scandal, White Mischief, Heaven’s Gate, The Elephant Man, 1984, Watership Down (voice), Midnight Express, Alien, The Naked Civil Servant, 10 Rillington Place, Little Malcolm
- Tom Baker: Little Britain (narrator) (TV), Monarch Of The Glen (TV), Randall & Hopkirk Deceased (TV), Dungeons & Dragons, Medics (TV), Cluedo (TV), Blackadder 2 (TV), Dr Who (TV), The Golden Age of Sinbad, Nicholas and Alexandra
- Billie Piper: Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV), Spirit Trap, The Calcium Kid, Dr Who (TV)
- Christopher Eccleston: Legend (2015), Fortitude (TV), Thor 2, Song For Marion, GI Joe, Dr Who (TV), 28 Days Later, The Others, Gone In 60 Seconds, Existenz, Elizabeth I, Jude, Our Friends In The North (TV), Shallow Grave, Cracker (TV), Anchoress, Let Him Have It
- Paul McGann: Pressure (voice), Dr Who (TV), Luther (TV), Lesbian Vampire Killers, Gypo, Queen Of The Damned, My Kingdom, Downtime, The Three Musketeers (1994), Alien 3, Afraid Of The Dark, Paper Mask, Dealers, The Rainbow, Empire of the Sun, Withnail & I, The Monocled Mutineer
- Sylvester McCoy: The Devil Rides Out, The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies, The Christmas Candle, The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey, Highway To Hell (2012), Dr Who (TV), Jigsaw (TV)
- Colin Baker: Dr Who (TV), The Brothers (TV)
- Peter Davison: Law and Order (UK), The Last Detective (TV), At Home With The Braithwaites (TV), Parting Shots, Black Beauty (1994), All Creatures Great and Small (TV), Campion (TV), Dr Who (TV), The Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy (TV)
- Jon Pertwee: Carry On Columbus, Worzel Gummidge (TV), The Boys In Blue, One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, Dr Who (TV), The House that Dripped Blood, Carry On Screaming, No1 Of The Secret Service, Carry On Cowboy, Carry On Cleo, Ladies Who Do
- Patrick Troughton: Inspector Morse (TV), The Two of Us (TV), Dr Who (TV), The Two Ronnies (TV), The Box of Delights (TV), The Omen, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Scars of Dracula, The Viking Queen, The Gorgon, Jason and the Argonauts, Richard III, Hamlet
- William Hartnell: Dr Who (TV), Heavens Above!, This Sporting Life, The Night We Dropped a Clanger, The Army Game (TV), The Mouse That Roared, Carry On Sergeant, Hell Drivers, Private’s Progress, The Pickwick Papers, The Magic Box, Brighton Rock, Odd Man Out, The Way Ahead