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DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED – THE EIGHTH DOCTOR
August 31, 2013  | By David Bianculli

BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

Tonight’s Doctor of note will have the most comprehensive retrospective of any Doctor in this series of specials, but that’s only because the reign of “The Eighth Doctor” lasted only two hours. After the original BBC Doctor Who series, which ran in the U.K. from 1963 to 1989, had gone dormant, the character and storyline were revived for a pilot telemovie in 1996, with the expectations of a new American-produced series to follow. Yet when the Doctor Who made-for-TV movie was shown on Fox and the BBC in 1996, starring Paul McGann as the newest incarnation of the Doctor, it bombed stateside, and the character was shelved until the franchise was relaunched in 2005. So the entirety of McGann’s reign as the Doctor consists of a single telemovie, which BBC America is presenting, also in its entirety, as part of this Eighth Doctor tribute. Co-stars include Daphne Ashbrook as the Doctor’s companion, and Eric Roberts as the Master.

 
 
 
 
 
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