Doctor Who I Am documentary to get cinema release

Award-winning science fiction documentary Doctor Who I Am, which explores the making of the 1996 TV movie version of the Doctor Who franchise starring Paul McGann, is set for a cinema release in the UK this October, reports Variety.

The film, which is directed by Vanessa Yuille follows the film’s writer Matthew Jacobs as he reluctantly goes back to explore a project that was met with mixed responses from the Doctor Who fanbase at the time. Some criticised the film for its exploration of a storyline that suggested the Doctor was half human and featured a kiss with his companion Grace Holloway, played by Daphne Ashbrook.

The film features Paul McGann, who played the Eighth Doctor in the movie, as well as featuring appearances of other members of the cast including Eric Roberts and Ashbrook.

“In exploring this pivotal moment in the franchise’s history, Matthew unexpectedly finds himself a kindred part of this close-knit, yet vast, family of fans,” a description of the film reads.

Adding, “this is a funny and emotionally perilous documentary, packed full of Doctor Who whimsy and celebrating a passionate, united fanbase.”

“We at Kaleidoscope are delighted to be working with Matthew and Vanessa on this fabulous film,” said Kaleidoscope CEO Spencer Pollard, chief of the company distributing the picture. “It’s a real fan piece. Festivals and distributors around the world hopefully will enjoy it as much as we did.”

Director Yuille said of the release: “We’re a small movie with a big heart, and Kaleidoscope saw that right away. Teaming up with Kaleidoscope is a perfect match for us because even though we’re an American movie, they understand the Doctor Who franchise and the global reach of the fandom. They can bring our documentary from the ‘Whoniverse’ to the universe.”

Jacobs added: “Now, more than ever, we need a positive movie about Doctor Who fandom as we move towards the show’s 60th anniversary. We’re so excited Kaleidoscope, like audiences have, recognize that our documentary is essential viewing for all lovers of storytelling.”

The exact date for release has yet to be confirmed, but Doctor Who fans should keep their eyes peeled for announcements at cinemas across the country in October.