Doctor Who (The TV Movie)
 

No. 84 of 135 in the BBC classic series videos series
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Starring: Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Daphne Ashbrook & Yee Jee Tso
By:Matthew Jacobs
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Editions:  UK UK (VHS) | France France (VHS) | Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (VHS) | Brazil Brazil (VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS) | Mexico Mexico (VHS) | Sweden Sweden (VHS) | Spain Spain (VHS) | ar Argentina (VHS) | Italy Italy (VHS) | Finland Finland (VHS) | Norway Norway (VHS) | China China (Laserdisc) | Hungary Hungary (VHS) | Netherlands Netherlands (VHS) | Portugal Portugal (VHS) | Poland Poland (VHS) | Germany Germany (VHS) | Japan Japan (VHS) | Czech Republic Czech Republic (VHS)
Note:Home video release of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie starring Paul McGann as the eighth incarnation of the Doctor.

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Edition: UK UK (VHS)
Title:  Doctor Who: The Sensational Feature Length Film
Released:  May 1996
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Cut version (as originally aired on the BBC). Came with a silver foil-effect logo on the front cover. Exclusively available in Woolworths was a variant that had glow-in-the-dark printing on the sleeve. Meanwhile, other retailers offered various free giveaways when you bought the video: WH Smith offered an exclusive set of 6 postcards, HMV a Doctor Who logo badge and in John Menzies there was a free poster.

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It is December 31st, 1999. But will the World survive to see the 21st Century?

Deep in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, a young boy is about to lose his life in a hail of bullets. But the gunfire finds a different target — a stranger who steps out of a British Police Box.

Dr Grace Holloway does all she can but cannot save him or understand the mysteries that surround him. Who is this unknown traveller with two hearts? Why has his body disappeared? And who is the ‘madman’ who appeals for help; claiming to be both the dead man and a time traveller known only as the Doctor?

Elsewhere in San Francisco, another time traveller is on the verge of death. For the Master, the Doctor’s oldest adversary, survival entails taking over the Doctor’s newly-regenerated body. Meddling with the heart of the Doctor’s Tardis he condemns the Earth to destruction at the stroke of midnight, December 31st.

As the crowds prepare to celebrate the Millennium, Grace is caught in a desperate race against time to help save the Doctor — and mankind...

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Edition: France France (VHS)
Title:  Le Seigneur du Temps: Docteur Who - Le Film
Released:  September 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Unusually, this French edition was released several months before the TV movie was first aired in France (March 1997).

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Edition: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (VHS)
Released:  October 1996
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Original English audio with Arabian subtitles.

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Edition: Brazil Brazil (VHS)
Title:  O Senhor do Tempo
Released:  October 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS
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É o dia 31 de dezembro de 1999. Será que o mundo vai sobreviver para ver o século 21?

No coração do bairro chinês de São Francisco, um jovem está em vias de perder sua vida em um tiroteio. Mas as balas acertam um outro alvo - um estranho que sai de uma cabine telefônica da polícia britânica.

A Dra. Grace Holloway faz o possível, mas não consegue salvá-lo, nem entender os mistérios que o envolvem. Quem é este desconhecido viajante com dois corações? Por que seu corpo desapareceu? E quem é o “louco” que pede a ajuda dela, alegando ser ao mesmo tempo o morto e um viajante do tempo, conhecido apenas como “o Doutor”?

Em outro local de São Francisco, outro viajante do tempo está prestes a morrer. Para o “Mestre”, o mais antigo adversário do “Doutor”, a sobrevivência significa tomar seu corpo recém-regenerado. Ao se intrometer com o coração do Tardis do Doutor, ele condena a Terra à destruição na chegada da meia-noite do dia 31 de Dezembro.

Enquanto a multidão se prepara para celebrar o Milênio, Grace disputa uma corrida contra o tempo, para ajudar a salvar o Doutor... e a humanidade.

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Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
Released:  November 1996
Publisher:  Universal
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Uncut version.

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Same as UK edition.

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Edition: Mexico Mexico (VHS)
Released:  December 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  English audio with Spanish subtitles.

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Edition: Sweden Sweden (VHS)
Released:  December 1996
Publisher:  Universal
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  English audio with Swedish subtitles.

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Edition: Spain Spain (VHS)
Released:  December 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
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Note:  Audio dubbed into Spanish.

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Edition: ar Argentina (VHS)
Title:  El Doctor Who
Released:  December 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  English audio with Spanish subtitles.

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Edition: Italy Italy (VHS)
Released:  December 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
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Note:  Audio dubbed into Italian.

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Edition: Finland Finland (VHS)
Title:  1999 Maailman Tuho
Released:  December 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  The Finnish title translates as “1999 Destruction of the World”.

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Edition: Norway Norway (VHS)
Released:  December 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Edition: China China (Laserdisc)
Released:  January 1997
Publisher:  Universal
Format: 1 x Laserdisc
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Note:  NTSC format. This laserdisc was released only in Hong Kong and is the sixth of seven Doctor Who stories released in laserdisc format during the 80s and 90s.

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(The back cover contains blurbs in both Chinese & English. The English text is as follows)

It is December 31st, 1999. But will the World survive to see the 21st Century?

Deep in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, a young boy is about to lose his life in a hail of bullets. But the gunfire finds a different target — a stranger who steps out of a British Police Box.

Dr Grace Holloway does all she can but cannot save him or understand the mysteries that surround him. Who is this unknown traveller with two hearts? Why has his body disappeared? And who is the ‘madman’ who appeals for her help; claiming to be both the dead man and a time traveller known only as the Doctor?

Elsewhere in San Francisco, another time traveller is on the verge of death. For the Master, the Doctor’s oldest adversary, survival entails taking over the Doctor’s newly-regenerated body. Meddling with the heart of the Doctor’s Tardis, he condemns the Earth to destruction at the stroke of midnight, December 31st.

As the crowds prepare to celebrate the Millennium, Grace is caught in a desperate race against time to help save the Doctor — and mankind...

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Edition: Hungary Hungary (VHS)
Released:  January 1997 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Audio dubbed into Hungarian.

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Edition: Netherlands Netherlands (VHS)
Released:  January 1997 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
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Note:  English audio with Dutch subtitles.

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Edition: Portugal Portugal (VHS)
Released:  January 1997 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS
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Edition: Poland Poland (VHS)
Title:  Doktor Who
Released:  January 1997 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Universal
Format: 1 x VHS
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Edition: Germany Germany (VHS)
Released:  January 1997 (rental only)
January 1998 (sell-through)
Publisher:  Universal
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Uncut version. Dialogue dubbed into German. One of the very few Doctor Who videos which was released in the once-common pattern of “rental only” to start with, then “sell-through” (i.e. available for purchase) at a later stage. The rental & sell-through releases have identical front covers and contents, but different spine, back covers and catalogue numbers.

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Es ist der 31. Dezember 1999.
Tief im Herzen von San Franciscos Chinatown ist ein Teenager auf dem besten Wege, sein Leben in einem Kugelhagel zu verlieren. Doch die Schüsse verfehlen ihr Ziel und treffen einen geheimnisvollen Fremden, der plötzlich aus dem Nichts erscheint.

Die Ärztin Grace Holloway tut alles, was in ihrer Macht steht, doch weder kann sie den Schwerverletzten retten, noch begreift sie die mysteriösen Dinge, die um ihn herum geschehen. Wer ist dieser sonderbare Reisende mit den zwei Herzen? Wie konnte sein Körper einfach verschwinden? Und wer ist dieser eigenartige Mann, der sie um Hilfe
bittet und behauptet, der gerade Verstorbene und gleichzeitig ein Zeitreisender namens “Der Doctor” zu sein?

Irgendwo in San Francisco befindet sich ein anderer Zeitreisender ebenfalls auf der Schwelle zwischen Leben und Tod. Um zu überleben, muß “Der Meister”, der älteste Feind des “Doctors”, die Macht über dessen regenerierten Körper erlangen. Als er mit der Zeitmaschien des Doctors experimentiert, droht der Welt um Punkt Mitternacht des 31.12.1999 der
Untergang. Während die Menschheit sich mitten in den Festtagsvorbereitungen für die Jahrtausendwende befindet, beginnt für Grace ein verzweifelter Wettlauf gegen die Zeit, um den “Doctor” zu retten — und die ganze Menschheit.

Doctor Who ist ein phantastisches Science Fiction Abenteuer mit außergewöhnlichen Special Effects; mit Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook und Silvester McCoy in den Hauptrollen.

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Edition: Japan Japan (VHS)
Released:  April 1997
Publisher:  CIC
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Edition: Czech Republic Czech Republic (VHS)
Title:  Boj S Časem
Released:  January 1998 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Audio dubbed into Czech. The title “Boj S Časem” translates as “Battle with Time”.

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