This one is getting harder to love. With every passing year it looks less like the modern series and clearly has next to nothing to do with the classic series.
When it first appeared it was like a miracle. In the 80's DW had gone downhill and hit some horrible lows. The worst low of all came in 1990 when it grew clear that the series was not coming back in the new decade. The lack of definite announcement made the experience awful and frustrating as well as tragic and heart wrenching.
It took six long years for this effort to appear. It was a strange mix of co-production money from US TV interests, Universal, BBC Worldwide and filmed in Vancouver Canada. Incidentally only the second DW episode to be shot wholly on film. Produced by a DW fan come Hollywood producer, Philip David Segal this made for TV movie was hoped to be the pilot for a series but poor US ratings put paid to that notion straight away.
At the time I thought it was a step up, now it looks more like a step sideways and an abortive step at that.
High adventure style Doctor Who. Suddenly the direction of the reboots up to the Matt Smith makes more sense. Having been a fan of the original series, I remember hating on this when I saw it many years ago. Taken in context with what came after, it is clear the direction they were heading with the franchise. The movie now fits well into the Doctor Who canon, despite some of the inconsistencies that always turn up when a TV series jumps to screen. Big dumb jolly fun.
More of a Hollywood blockbuster version of the Doctor Who series but quite well done.
My 12 yr old son loves Doctor Who and rated this 5/5.