Feb. 9th, 2011

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The Paul McGann Doctor Who movie is finally being released in North America. We pre-ordered ours a couple of weeks ago, and I've been jealously watching my Twitter stream as other friends watch their copies before me.

So, why do I care so much about a Doctor Who story that at best can be called mediocre?* (Apologies to those few like [livejournal.com profile] jblum and [livejournal.com profile] dreamer_easy who I know love it.)

Back in 1996, I wasn't really a Doctor Who fan anymore. I'd loved the show during my teen years, but my life had gone in different directions once I was in college (relationships, music, writing, comic books, trying to be "cool"). My Doctor Who things were all packed away.

Hearing about the movie reignited my interest in the show. I found rec.arts.drwho and the early websites. I also stumbled upon the videos of classic stories for sale at Best Buy and Borders. At that point, my fiancee C cut a deal with me: I could buy the videos if I quit smoking.

I did it. My cigarette budget became my Doctor Who collectibles' budget (if you've been to my house, you know how that worked out).

That May, we watched the McGann movie with a small group of friends in our Campustown apartment. I enjoyed it, flaws and all. I wanted more. I started buying books, toys, and anything else with a Doctor Who logo on it. C and I attended our first Doctor Who convention that November (Visions 96). The rest is history. The world might not have a book called Chicks Dig Time Lords if it wasn't for that telemovie.

That's why I can't wait until I have that DVD in my hands. The Paul McGann movie changed my life. :-)


* For the record, I think it's an average story. For a regeneration episode, it ranks about the same as Robot. I love the direction, McGann's performance, and the TARDIS set. The script is not particularly good, and some of the actors are a bit crap (I'm looking at you, Eric Roberts). The biggest knocks on the movie is that it didn't spawn a new series and Fandom had nine years to pick it apart.

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