The Curse of Fatal Death is a 1999 Doctor WhoAffectionate Parody, produced by The BBC for Red Nose Day between the 1996 TV movie and 2005 revival. Also written by Steven Moffat, who took over the revived series in 2010.The Ninth Doctor (Rowan Atkinson) contacts the Master (Jonathan Pryce), wanting to meet him on the planet Terserus. The Doctor reveals that he's planning to retire and is engaged to his companion Emma (Julia Sawalha), after which things get... kinda weird. And then the Daleks get involved, aligned with the Master but with their own goals as well. When the Doctor and Emma are captured, he's killed several times and rapidly cycles through being Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, and finally Joanna Lumley... who decides she'd actually rather shag the Master than fight him.Originally broadcast in four short parts, the BBC released a two-part version on VHS which, aside from the Comic Relief mentions, resembles any other Doctor Who release from around that point.
The Curse of Fatal Death provides examples of the following tropes, which we'll explain later:
Canon Discontinuity: Obviously, but the Doctor Who Expanded Universe indicates that the Tersurons existed and really did communicate that way, and also that the Ninth Doctor has three possible versions, making this and Scream of the Shalka into Alternate Continuities of the revived series. "The Name of the Doctor" and "The Time of the Doctor" fully discontinue this, as the hypothetical Twentieth Doctor would be the "third ninth incarnation" after John Hurt's and Christopher Eccleston's Doctors.
Casting Gag: All the actors who played the Doctor in this parody had at some point been considered for the actual role. Yes, including Joanna Lumley.
Deadly Deferred Conversation: The Twelfth Doctor's last words to Emma are, "I'll explain later." This being the tail end of a Running Gag where something ridiculous happens and the Doctor goes, "I'll explain later."
Death Equals Redemption: Of a sort. Twelve's seemingly final death inspires the Master and the Daleks to renounce their evil ways.
The new series even had farting aliens, but Moffat didn't write those.
When it appears as though the Doctor's death won't lead into regeneration, his companion says that the Doctor was "Never cruel and never cowardly", foreshadowing how the meaning of "the Doctor" is described in the 50th-Anniversary stories: "Never cruel or cowardly."
Evil Laugh: The Master, of course. Jonathan Pryce goes all out with this.
The sound and visual effects used for regeneration most closely resemble those used for the First Doctor's regeneration into the Second.
When the Twelfth Doctor dies and suddenly regenerates, Roger Limb's incidental music for the Fifth Doctor's regeneration in "The Caves of Androzani" plays. Later on, as Thirteen and the Master walk away, the regeneration music from "Logopolis" is played.
The Daleks in the special are made and played by Fan Film producers, specifically those of Devious (most notable for its final scenes with Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor). You can clearly see the actors inside them in some shots.
The TARDIS console room and console are also from said fan film.