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Doctor Who: 5 Doctor Who Films That Were Never Made

When The Day of the Doctor was shown in theaters as part of the 50th anniversary celebration it was a huge success. In fact, it had the third-highest rated box office take of that day, which is doubly impressive considering you could stay home and see almost the exact same thing for free.

It's gotten plenty of folks interested in the idea of more cinematic outings. Perhaps a film with starring Paul McGann, whose Doctor has experienced a significant renaissance of late. Or maybe the Christmas specials could be regular holiday events at the movies. The possibilities are endless

Of course, there's not a good precedent for this sort of thing. Lots of people have tried to bring The Doctor to the big screen before, and almost none of the succeeded.

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Daleks vs. Mechons

The Peter Cushing Dalek films are really underrated bit of Who history. Granted, they don't do much for the mythos overall and you have to do some real canon gymnastics to get them to fit into the overall narrative, but just looking at them on their own they are really good classic science fiction horror flicks.

Two were made; Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.. Both of them were remakes of earlier First Doctor stories. Unfortunately, the second film did so poorly at the box office that the proposed end of the trilogy was scrapped.

Daleks vs. Mechons would have remade "The Chase", which is arguably the best of the Hartnell Dalek adventures. The movie would have seen the Daleks on a mission of vengeance against Dr. Who and in a pitched battle with their ancient Mechon enemies. Cushing would go on to play the role one more time in the pilot for a radio series written by Malcom Hulke, but the recording has been lost.

Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen

Some days it just seems like a too-good-to-be-true fact that Douglas Adams once wrote for Doctor Who, but write he did and his work is some of the best of Tom Baker's time. If he had gotten his way he would have given us a pretty good film, I reckon.

Adams submitted The Krikkitmen to script editor Robert Holmes, who rejected it but encouraged Adams to keep sending him ideas. The story involved a race that had been stopped by the Time Lords after they'd built robots designed to wipe out all life in the universe. It would also reveal that the game cricket is actually a representation of the great war between the Time Lords and the Krikkitmen, though humans have forgotten this.

After Adams re-submitted the script as a full-length film, it still went no where. Eventually aspects of it would become the third Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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