Watching: Movies That Share Titles with Doctor Who Stories

I just finished my last movie watching project - 50 films people couldn't believe I hadn't seen - and it took me 6 months to complete. That leaves the rest of the year wide open for another, similar endeavor (at least until my annual December marathon comes around). My latest idea is open-ended and might take years to complete, but here it is...

Movies that have the same titles as Doctor Who stories. To date there are more than 70 films that fit the bill, though they may not all be readily accessible. Obviously, there wouldn't be Terror of the Zygons-type movies, but later Doctor Who stories have far more generic titles. Those titles must be exact, though I'll allow for a stray article to be absent or added, and for translated titles for international films. On the Doctor Who end of things, I'm specifically going by story titles, not episode titles, which varied from episode to episode in the Hartnell era. Of course, NuWho always gives us individual titles. I'm also not going to rewatch films I've already seen. Only new material. If there was more than one movie with the title, I've usually picked a single one.

And one rule I'm willing to break: The films are in chronological order of their respective Doctor Who stories. I plan to watch them in that order without skipping any, which means I might get stalled trying to find a copy of any particular film. If it truly proves impossible to find, then I might pull the trigger on it, especially extremely low-scorers on IMDB (scores given in list below when relevant).

Here are the movies my research has singled out. If I missed any, I'm sure you'll let me know.

Edge of Destruction (Chinese short)
Marco Polo (TV movie)
Reign of Terror
The Rescue
The Romans (not out yet, putting a pin in it)
The Chase (1966)
The Ark
The Gunfighters (TV movie)
The Savages
The Smugglers
Moonbase (not available in my region, and apparently not very good, so I'm forced to skip it)
Web of Fear (French)
The Dominators
The Invasion
War Games
Inferno
Sea Devils
The Mutants
The Green Death (Japanese 1924)
Time Warrior
Face of Evil (TV movie)
The Invisible Enemy
Underworld
Full Circle
The Visitation
Black Orchid
Terminus (seen it)
Enlightenment
The Awakening
Mysterious Planet
Mindwarp
Battlefield (2.4)
Ghost Light
Survival (3.4)
Rose
End of the World (TV movie)
World War III (TV movie)
Father's Day (2011)
Boom Town
Doomsday (2008)
Runaway Bride
Gridlock
42
Human Nature
Blink
Voyage of the Damned
Forest of the Dead (2.6)
Midnight
Turn Left (2.1)
Journey's End
End of Time (German)
The Lodger (1927)
A Christmas Carol (1951)
The Doctor's Wife
Night Terrors (2014)
The Power of Three
Snowmen
Cold War (Chinese)
Hide
Deep Breath (choice of French or Iranian)
Listen
The Caretaker (4.3)
Dark Water (Japanese)
Before the Flood (2016)
Heaven Sent (French)
Hell Bent (1918)
The Pilot
Smile (1975)
Thin Ice
Knock Knock (4.9)
Oxygen
The Lie of the Land (TV movie)

Obviously, the longer I take, the more I risk adding to the list as Who spawns more episodes. Watch This Week in Geek for capsule reviews, with an added Doctor Who feature, i.e. what if the TARDIS had shown up?

4 comments:

Brendoon said...

Whee hee!
One day you're gonna accrue so much knowledge that something might explode.
Brilliant research.

Siskoid said...

Will it be my brain?

Jeff R. said...

There's a 'End of the World' TV movie out there, and a 'Gridlock' of recent vintage, on the festival/small release circuit, and a documentary 'Utopia'. And at least two 'Partners in Crime's.

Siskoid said...

I missed Gridlock and End of the World, but the other two only show up as TV series on IMDB.

 

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