The Doctor Who Movie Drop-In

Really cool retro-movie poster, right? Totally!

But I can't help but think that's the wrong Doctor to appear in a classic Hitchcock film! Matt Smith wasn't the Doctor in 1958!

Okay, I know, time travel. And furthermore, NO ONE was the Doctor in 1958, technically. That's all besides the point. Here's a though experiment I often fall prey to (oh you didn't know this was a session of Geeks Anonymous? Me neither when I began writing):

Take any film (historical, sci-fi and horror work best, but you need not limit yourself) and materialize the TARDIS into it. The door opens, who comes out? The Doctor as played by the actor who WOULD have played him at the time. Hartnell scores everything before 1963 (probably with Susan if you're adding companions). Try to imagine the narrative with him in it. I bet there are other Whovians doing this - fess up! And role-players? That could be an easy hook for your Doctor Who-related games!
Here are some movies each Doctor might have crashed...
William Hartnell (beginning of time - 1966): Metropolis, The Birds, A Hard Day's Night
Patrick Troughton (1967-1969): Camelot, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes
Jon Pertwee (1970-1974): Chariots of the Gods, Live and Let Die, The Towering Inferno
Tom Baker (1975-1981): The Stepford Wives, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, The Jerk
Peter Davison (1982-1984): Gandhi, Blade Runner, Brainstorm, Romancing the Stone
Colin Baker (1985-1986): Cocoon, The Goonies, Little Shop of Horrors (Colin can really sing!)
Sylvester McCoy (1987-1995): They Live, The Abyss, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump
Paul McGann (1996-2004, though you may replace him in those later years with the War Doctor if you want): Twister, Shakespeare in Love, The Matrix, 28 Days Later
Christopher Eccleston (2005): War of the Worlds, Serenity, Munich
David Tennant (2006-2009): 300, Cloverfield, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Matt Smith (2010-2013): Inception, Midnight in Paris, The Hunger Games, Oculus
Peter Capaldi (2014 - ): The Grand Budapest Hotel, Crimson Peak, Ex Machina

Just examples. I actually do this with every movie on my shelf, as I zone off sometimes. What would be YOUR favorite movie-Doctor matches from the appropriate years?


Anonymous said...

Paul McGann in 28 Days Later? I see what you did there.

This exercise is a wonderful idea, and in some cases the result really resonates!

Unknown said...

OH! How about this? The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace land in the American west during the Lincoln County War. They quickly find themselves in the middle of a shootout between the U.S. Cavalry and a small group of private security men known as the Regulators, including the infamous William H. Bonney aka Billy the Kid. Before the Doctor can even assess the situation or chose a side though, a second phone booth materializes complicating two teens appear asking for "Mister the Kid"!

That's not just dropping the Doctor into 1988's "Young Guns" but also adding a crossover with 1989's "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" which also featured Billy the Kid as a character!

Siskoid said...

You're doing it right!

Unknown said...

Man I would love a David Cronenberg and Doctor crossover, Videodrome in particular. I can just imagine the Doctor having his hand turn into a fleshy gun and shout 'marvelous!' with excitement

Siskoid said...

By my count, Videodrome would be a 5th Doctor story. So Tegan goes: "Yuck!"

Toby'c said...

Eleven and Captain America: The First Avenger, just in case he runs into a Clara splinter going by the name of Connie.

Toby'c said...

Thinking about it, I'd love to see Five, Tegan and whoever else in an Australian setting. The obvious contender is Mad Max 2: The Road, but I'd settle for a pseudo-historical set in Gallipoli or The Man From Snowy River.

Actually, I'd settle for Dot and the Bunny.


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