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Doctor Who Am I Premiere – The Sci-Fi London Film Festival

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On 21st May 2022, Doctor Who Am I will premiere at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival in a hotly anticipated screening attended by the filmmakers Vanessa Yuille and Matthew Jacobs (screenwriter of Doctor Who, Young Indiana Jones, Paperhouse).

Doctor Who is truly a phenomenon. It is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running science-fiction television show in the world, as well as being the most successful sci-fi series of all time (beating even Star Trek).

Aficionados will recall the mid-90s lull in production of the show, a time when Paul McGann was revealed as the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV film made by the BBC, Universal Studios and Fox Broadcasting Network. The success of this film would dictate the fate of the series being picked up by Fox, but when the Doctor infamously kissed his assistant, Grace Holloway, and the suggestion that he was half-human was implied, there was an outcry from fans who did not take kindly to such revelations.

Matthew Jacobs is the screenwriter of the television film and his friend, documentary filmmaker Vanessa Yuille, follows him as he is reluctantly pulled back into the fandom that universally panned his writing and narrative twists in 1996. In a film that is funny and moving, the American ‘Whoniverse’ is explored during the biggest conventions dedicated to the cult of the Doctor.

Jacobs’s journey is often hilarious and emotionally perilous, but it also sparks a provocative and touching showdown between American Doctor Who fans and the writer himself. Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Eric Roberts, and many others, offer Jacobs words of wisdom and help him realize just how personal and ambivalently entangled the show has been in his life. Matthew unexpectedly finds himself a kindred part of this close-knit, yet vast, family of fans.

Yuille’s directorial debut documentary addresses the desire to belong to a community, and how people can become nourished and enriched by the experience. Doctor Who fans will delight in this feature, but the themes are universal and the emotion conveyed is so heartwarming that one doesn’t have to be a diehard fan to enjoy this spectacle – and see it first as it sets out on its tour of international film festivals.


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