Revisit the legacy of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie, with the man who wrote it, as Marc Jacobs meets its creators and fans

In 1996, a Doctor Who TV movie starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, was envisioned to launch the franchise into an exciting new chapter. But whilst the film found success in the UK, attempts to freshen up established lore resulted in a decidedly frosty reception from transatlantic audiences. Now, a quarter of a century later, screenwriter Matthew Jacobs prepares to venture back into the legendary sci-fi universe in DOCTOR WHO AM I, to reassess his relationship with the franchise and the American fandom who vilified him.

Featuring original cast of the controversial movie, including Paul McGann (The Three Musketeers, Queen of the Damned), Eric Roberts (Inherent Vice, The Dark Knight, The Expendables), and Daphne Ashbrook (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), this funny and emotionally perilous documentary not only revisits a pivotal moment in Doctor Who history, but highlights the unity and creative freedom within the fandom, as Jacobs ultimately, and unexpectedly, finds himself a kindred part of this close-knit, yet vast, family of fans.

 

Doctor Who Am I explores the legacy of the 1996 TV Movie
Doctor Who Am I explores the legacy of the 1996 TV Movie

The eighty minutes documentary includes Matthew Jacobs’ visit to the world famous GallifreyOne convention in Los Angeles, and discussions with fans including members of the celebrated cosplay comedy team The Idiot’s Lantern. The TV Movie brought Doctor Who back to our screens for one night only, but it created an enduring legacy, and influenced Doctor Who on television and audio ever since. Now explore the other side of that legacy, and its impact on the people who made it and the fans who watched it.

You can check out the trailer for DOCTOR WHO AM I below.

DOCTOR WHO AM I will is out on DVD and Blu-ray from Kaleidoscope Distribution on the 28th of November, available from all good retailers

 

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