Do You Have a License to Save this Planet?
Bill Baggs for BBV
directed by Bill Baggs
starring Sylvester McCoy, Mark Donovan, Nigel Fairs, Jo Castleton, Nigel Peever, Gareth Preston, Rupert Booth, Phillip Robinson, Paul Griggs, Paul Ebbs (voice), Steve Johnson (voice)
written by Paul Ebbs, Gareth Preston, Autons and Sontarans created by Robert Holmes, visual effects by Steve Johnson
Sontarans, Autons, Cyberons, Doctor Who spin-off
Who is somewhere else, the Foot Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) comes
to earth in his washing machine (it makes sense in the context) to find a
companion (Mark Donovan) and battle Cyberons (BBV's version of the Cybermen),
Sontarans and Autons, all hell-bent to take over earth - and in constant
conflict with their respective neighbours. Eventually, the Doctor is
caught by the Cyberons for their employer, the evil Licensor (Nigel
Fairs), who has promised them a BBC-license
and a primetime show - biut it was actually the Doctor who has lured the
Licensor into a trap, onto unlicensed earth, just to finally have the
chance to deal with him ...
Ok, so my synopsis doesn't make
much sense, but I guess it wouldn't since teh humour of this story is only
comprehensible for those familiar with TV's Doctor
Who, BBV's series of Doctor Who spin-offs,
and the licensing maze one might have to pass through wanting to produce a
Who-based show (which doesn't start or end with getting a
license from the BBC).
you have no clue what I'm talking about now, then this featurette is
definitely not for you, but if you do, then let me tell you, this film
isn't half bad. I wouldn't say it's great, probably, but it does feature a
few pretty good jokes (while others are not so good), and Sylvester McCoy
has a grand time spoofing his own signature role. It's definitely worth at
least a look - provided you have all the advance knowledge that is ...