Summary: This is way better than I recalled from the first TV screening. The action and characterisation was very good. The SFX clearly a step ahead of the ones before (though the oldies retain a certain period charm). And it's a great shame that McGann wasn't able to get a few TV series out of this.
Summary: It was great to anticipate this release back in 1996 - however at the end of it you felt cheated, as if the Timelords were essentially reptilian with the doctor being a human / alien hybrid. Which resulted in various things thrown at the screen and numerous curses and naughty words colouring the air. That said there were some good performances from Messrs McGann and Roberts. Nice to see the former reprising the role in a minisode prequel for 'The Day of the Doctor'.
No wonder it took 9 more years to reboot the series...
21 December 2013
Summary: This was a moderately good for a TV movie. Unfortunately, it was pretty bad by Doctor Who standards. As an American who just moved to the UK three years ago, I started off loving the new series, but went back and watched as many of the old series as I can, and I love them. I felt the need to watch this one after watching the 50th anniversary despite warnings from friends. I guess I expected worse based on what I had heard.
Summary: Other than the glaring continuity errors (half human doc & eye of harmony in the TARDIS) this is a decent Who story with an exceptional performance by McGann which really paved the way for the modern, heroic and romantic Doctors that followed. Slow plot at points and Americanised a bit too much but well worth watching.
Summary: It's entertaining - but it isn't the real 'Dr Who'. There are some decent performances - particularly from Paul McGann - but, as already has been mentioned in another review, the direction is ponderous.