YMMV / Doctor Who TVM "The TV Movie"

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: A cop on a motorcycle drives into the TARDIS and comes out moments later to go god-knows-where while the Doctor and Grace look on.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: The movie introduces the notion that the Doctor is half-human on his mother's side. This is not something the fandom has embraced with open arms, and you'd be wise to not bring it up in discussion with them.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Whether the movie is considered canon or not depends on which particular fan you talk to. However, almost everyone agrees that at the very least, the Doctor never said he was half-human (or if he did, then he was lying).
  • Funny Moments: A few contenders:
    • When scrounging for clothes, the Doctor pulls a Nixon mask from a locker and recoils, complete with Scare Chord.
    • The motorcycle cop riding into the TARDIS, then immediately riding back out.
    • This exchange:
    The Master: What are you waiting for?
    Chang Lee: The road's still blocked.
    The Master: This is an ambulance!
    Chang Lee: Oh, right. (hits the siren)
    • The Doctor, upon regenerating inside a morgue—specifically, in a cold chamber, while an orderly is outside watching Frankenstein. Somehow, the new, very confused Eighth Doctor kicks down the morgue door, attracting the attention of the orderly, who walks in, sees Paul McGann walk out wrapped in a sheet squinting at the heavenly light surrounding him. The orderly takes the only sensible recourse, and drops in a dead faint.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It seems the censors didn't get a good look at the nose on the Nixon mask the Doctor discards.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Master's device he plans to use to steal the Doctor's body looks suspiciously like a Chameleon Arch.
    • Paul McGann wore a wig in the film because he had short cropped hair at the time that was deemed inappropriate for the Doctor. His successor Christopher Eccleston had the same hairstyle and didn't have to wear a wig.
  • Hype Backlash: When it was announced that the film was going to receive a Blu-ray release, Whovians all over were ecstatic: this was one of the only two stories in the series's history shot entirely on film, and as such it could greatly benefit from an HD remaster. However, this excitement later turned to disappointment and even disgust when word broke out that this "remaster" was nothing more than an upscaling of the 480p broadcast tape, rather than being scanned from the original negatives.note 
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Even fans who aren't really fond of the film watch it anyway if only for Paul McGann's performance as the Eighth Doctor.
  • Tear Jerker: The Seventh Doctor's "death" really is quite sad. The Madame Butterfly soundtrack doesn't help things.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Eric Roberts as the Master.