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* FanonDiscontinuity: 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). However with the New Series clearly acknowledging the Eighth Doctor as canon, basically everyone will now say the Movie is as canon as any Doctor Who story, though the "half-human" bit is still a matter of debate (for what it's worth, Russel T. Davies intended to handwave it during the coffee shop scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] as the Doctor having been a bit delirious from post-regenerative trauma, though he had to cut the reference out to avoid the possibility of ContinuityLockout).

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* FanonDiscontinuity: 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). However with the New Series clearly acknowledging the Eighth Doctor as canon, basically everyone will now say the Movie is as canon as any Doctor Who story, though the "half-human" bit is still a matter of debate (for what it's worth, Russel Russell T. Davies intended to handwave it during the coffee shop scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] as the Doctor having been a bit delirious from post-regenerative trauma, though he had to cut the reference out to avoid the possibility of ContinuityLockout).


*** The reason that they are so similar is that they are both an {{Expy}} of the same character who predated both of them by at least a decade: the Franchise/Terminator[[note]]well, the Terminator predates Roberts' version of the Master, anyway; the Master as a whole [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons debuted in 1971]], 13 years before the first ''Terminator'' film came out[[/note]]. Giving them both gold-colored cat eyes as opposed to the Terminator's red eyes is pure coincidence and hilarious in hindsight, however.

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*** The reason that they are so similar is that they are both an {{Expy}} of the same character who predated both of them by at least a decade: the Franchise/Terminator[[note]]well, Franchise/{{Terminator}}[[note]]well, the Terminator predates Roberts' version of the Master, anyway; the Master as a whole [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons debuted in 1971]], 13 years before the first ''Terminator'' film came out[[/note]]. Giving them both gold-colored cat eyes as opposed to the Terminator's red eyes is pure coincidence and hilarious in hindsight, however.


*** The reason that they are so similar is that they are both an {{Expy}} of the same character who predated both of them by at least a decade: Film/TheTerminator. Giving them both cat eyes as opposed to the Terminatorís red eyes is pure coincidence and hilarious in hindsight, however.

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*** The reason that they are so similar is that they are both an {{Expy}} of the same character who predated both of them by at least a decade: Film/TheTerminator. the Franchise/Terminator[[note]]well, the Terminator predates Roberts' version of the Master, anyway; the Master as a whole [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons debuted in 1971]], 13 years before the first ''Terminator'' film came out[[/note]]. Giving them both gold-colored cat eyes as opposed to the Terminatorís Terminator's red eyes is pure coincidence and hilarious in hindsight, however.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Creator/SylvesterMcCoy returns to hand over the reigns to Creator/PaulMcGann, yet he barely has any lines, doesn't do anything of note, has none of his previous characteristics and dies possibly the second most undignified death of any Doctor.


** Just watch this after seeing "Night of the Doctor" and knowing this cheerful, sweet AllLovingHero incarnation of The Doctor is the one who ends up enduring such an ''epic'' TraumaCongaLine that he [[DrivenToSuicide wanted to die permanently]], and has to be forced into regenerating into War.

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** Just watch this after seeing "Night "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor" Doctor]]" and knowing this cheerful, sweet AllLovingHero incarnation of The Doctor is the one who ends up enduring such an ''epic'' TraumaCongaLine that he [[DrivenToSuicide wanted to die permanently]], and has to be forced into regenerating into War.

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*** The reason that they are so similar is that they are both an {{Expy}} of the same character who predated both of them by at least a decade: Film/TheTerminator. Giving them both cat eyes as opposed to the Terminatorís red eyes is pure coincidence and hilarious in hindsight, however.


* FanonDiscontinuity: 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). However with the New Series clearly acknowledging the Eighth Doctor as canon basically everyone will now say the Movie is as canon as any Doctor Who story.

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* FanonDiscontinuity: 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). However with the New Series clearly acknowledging the Eighth Doctor as canon canon, basically everyone will now say the Movie is as canon as any Doctor Who story.story, though the "half-human" bit is still a matter of debate (for what it's worth, Russel T. Davies intended to handwave it during the coffee shop scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] as the Doctor having been a bit delirious from post-regenerative trauma, though he had to cut the reference out to avoid the possibility of ContinuityLockout).


* FanonDiscontinuity: 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).

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* FanonDiscontinuity: 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). However with the New Series clearly acknowledging the Eighth Doctor as canon basically everyone will now say the Movie is as canon as any Doctor Who story.

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* SoBadItsGood: The general consensus among the fandom, on account of its contradicting dual intentions (being both a soft reboot of the series for newcomers and a continuation meant to appeal to fans), its somewhat bizarre scriptwriting, the absolute cheesiness of the Master's performance, and glaring continuity errors.


** The Seventh Doctor's death on the operating table. A fairly well-done, intense scene (set to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Puccini]], no less!) ''falls apart'' when the Doctor gives one last [[strike:ridiculous squawk]] agonized cry. Yes, that's what we'll call it...

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** The Seventh Doctor's death on the operating table. A fairly well-done, intense scene (set to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Puccini]], no less!) ''falls apart'' when the Doctor gives one last [[strike:ridiculous squawk]] agonized cry. Yes, that's what we'll call it...

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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: One of the more common opinions about the movie in the fandom is that, while the movie is generally cheesy and nonsensical, Creator/PaulMcGann gives a charming and believable performance as the Eighth Doctor which is about the only thing worth watching in it. Creator/SylvesterMcCoy also delivers a likeable and moving performance despite being in a film that, according to him, shouldn't even have had him in it. His last scene before he regenerates, as he is on the operating table trying to tell the medics he's an alien and they're killing him, shows some of his best acting, from an actor who before this was largely known for vaudeville.


* HarsherInHindsight: Watching Eight trying on shoes and snogging Grace in the hours prior to the climax loses some of its charm value if you've seen "[[Recap/TorchwoodS2E12Fragments Fragments]]" from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', because you realize that it's all happening at the same time as [[spoiler: Alex is ''treacherously murdering his comrades on the Cardiff team''.]]

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Watching Eight trying on shoes and snogging Grace in the hours prior to the climax loses some of its charm value if you've seen "[[Recap/TorchwoodS2E12Fragments Fragments]]" from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', because you realize that it's all happening at the same time as [[spoiler: Alex is ''treacherously murdering his comrades on the Cardiff team''.]]]]
** Just watch this after seeing "Night of the Doctor" and knowing this cheerful, sweet AllLovingHero incarnation of The Doctor is the one who ends up enduring such an ''epic'' TraumaCongaLine that he [[DrivenToSuicide wanted to die permanently]], and has to be forced into regenerating into War.


* TearJerker: The Seventh Doctor's "death" really is quite sad. The ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' soundtrack doesn't help things.


* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: A few contenders:
** When scrounging for clothes, the Doctor pulls a Nixon mask from a locker and recoils, complete with ScareChord.
** The motorcycle cop riding into the TARDIS, then [[NoJustNoReaction 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 morgueóspecifically, 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 [[MessianicArchetype heavenly light surrounding him]]. The orderly takes the only sensible recourse, and drops in a dead faint.



** The Master's {{camp}}iness, cat eyes, and love of big leather coats and sunglasses make him an odd precursor to a certain [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]].[[note]]The original ''Resident Evil'' did release the same year as the ''Doctor Who'' telemovie, but Wesker's portrayal would become a lot more similar to the Eric Roberts Master late into the series, especially in ''Resident Evil 5''.[[/note]]

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** The Master's {{camp}}iness, cat eyes, and love of big leather coats and sunglasses make him an odd precursor to a certain [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]].[[note]]The original ''Resident Evil'' did release the same year as the ''Doctor Who'' telemovie, but Wesker's portrayal would become a lot more similar to the Eric Roberts Master late into the series, especially in ''Resident Evil 5''.[[/note]]''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''.[[/note]]
** Creator/SylvesterMcCoy felt that the film should have opened with Creator/PaulMcGann as the Doctor and then have the series explain the Seventh Doctor's fate. [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor Flash forward to 2013]]...


* HypeBacklash: 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 and deinterlacing of the 480i broadcast tape, rather than being scanned from the original negatives.[[note]]While the movie ''was'' shot on film, all the editing (including the CGI effects) was done on 480i videotape. If a remaster was made from the original negatives, one would have to re-edit the entire product from scratch, which would be rather expensive compared to just upscaling the broadcast copy. And before you accuse the BBC of being cheap, remember that as a public-funded broadcaster they have a duty to be responsible with the revenue they receive from the license fee and they (probably) can't devote it all to ''Doctor Who''.[[/note]]

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