Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has picked up feature-length documentary Doctor Who Am I for release in UK cinemas in October.
The 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, starring Paul McGann as the Doctor and Eric Roberts as the Master, has had a complicated relationship with fandom. Planned as a backdoor pilot, it became a door to nowhere, and its star, McGann, was left bruised by the experience.
Rightly criticized by some for canon-breaking claims about the Doctor being “half-human”, many of the other complaints about it seem quaint in retrospect – a romantic relationship between the Doctor and their Companion (in this case Daphne Ashbrook’s Dr. Grace Holloway), for instance, is practically baked into the format following the 2005 revival of the show.
Doctor Who Am I is directed by Vanessa Yuille and original screenwriter Matthew Jacobs, features contributions from McGann, Roberts, and Ashbrook, and wowed crowds at this year’s Sci-Fi-London film festival.
Doctor Who writers Paul Cornell and Gary Russell, and Stargate novelists Sally Malcolm and Geonn Cannon, on the curious journey from fandom to canon.