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Do You Have a Licence to Save this Planet? was a comedy short film released in 2001 to mark the tenth anniversary of BBV Productions.

A parody of Doctor Who, the film starred Sylvester McCoy as "the Foot Doctor" and poked fun at BBV's stock in trade — making Doctor Who-related video productions that featured licensed alien races, such as the Sontarans, yet never being allowed to use the Doctor himself.

Publisher's summary[]

What do you get if you cross a Krynoid with an Auton, Sontaran and a sombrero wearing Cyberon with a penchant for fine wines and Ex-cell-ent conversation?

Shot probably.

On the other hand you could have landed yourself in the middle of the Licensed Reality Corporation's ™ attempt to wipe the stain of the Foot Doctor from the bottom of Accepted Canonicity.

Packed full of strange whizzy things, blue swirly things, and more than its fair share of spoons, Do You Have A Licence To Save This Planet? brings Sylvester McCoy into battle against some of the most fearsome (as seen on BBCTV's Doctor Who) monsters of all time.

Armed only with a duffle coat, an umbrella and a patented Sylvester-o-matic-talk-them-to-death-o-tron, the Foot Doctor has come to save the universe once again.

He's back. And it's about feet.


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Story notes[]

According to Downtime – The Lost Years of Doctor Who, the Foot Doctor was initially intended to be played by George Telfer in a Victorian outfit comparable to the Eighth Doctor's, and written as more verbose and eloquent than the finished product's character — making him, on the whole, more similar to the Ninth Doctor of The Curse of Fatal Death. Sylvester McCoy's casting was a late decision, and McCoy, who thought the script's jokes lacked "inner logic", made many ad-libs. He also supplied his own novelty patchwork coat to serve as the Foot Doctor's outfit.

  • The opening title sequence vaguely resembles the Doctor Who titles and Doctor Who theme. It even begins with a police box spinning, before being knocked out of the way by a washing machine.
  • At the beginning of the story, "The Foot Doctor" is inside a (CGI) ship operating a console that bears a striking resemblance to a TARDIS.
  • Sylvester McCoy makes obvious references to the Daleks, first with an impression, then later in talking about the "Garlics."
  • The Foot Doctor uses Janis Spoons (a play on Janis thorns), which he plays before throwing. This joke refers to McCoy's real-life talent for playing the spoons, a knack that was incorporated into the personality of the Seventh Doctor.
  • At the end of the story, the Foot Doctor cries, "Ace"!
  • Oblique reference is made to BBV regulars Peter Davison and Colin Baker.
  • Nigel Fairs, writer of More Than a Messiah (which in turn was based upon an Audio Visuals Doctor Who story), plays a supporting role.
  • The Salesman, who performs the role of companion in this film, is the only character to break the fourth wall and speak directly to the audience. He even mentions the fourth wall.
  • Rob Shearman, who gets a "special thanks" credit, later went on to write the series 1 episode Dalek.
  • Sylvester McCoy wears the same patchwork coat he wore whilst exploring Canada in Bidding Adieu: A Video Diary as well as when he played the Doctor for the fan film Gene Genius.
  • Alongside licensed monsters the Autons and the Sontarans, the Cyberons also appear; these were a cyborg race created by BBV in lieu of being able to license the Cybermen for its productions (one of the things this film spoofs). Two of the Cyberons are played by the writers of this video.
  • Although various companion and Doctor actors have taken part in BBV productions, this marked the first time one of the Doctor actors appeared in the same production as the BBV versions of the Autons and Sontarans.
  • When the Salesman realises that he is with the Foot Doctor, and not the actual Doctor, he mutters "BBV!" - a reference to BBV Productions, the company behind this film, known for producing Doctor Who spinoffs that don't actually feature the Doctor.
  • Originally released in 2001 as Do You Have a Licence to Save this Planet? on VHS, when it was re-released on DVD in 2012 as Do You Have a License to Save this Planet?
  • The ending is a reference to TV: Survival and the Foot Doctor mentioning "brown toast" is a reference to TV: Ghost Light.

Filming locations[]

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Production errors[]

  • The Auton's hands/guns open different ways: when they first shoot, they slide to the right, but then the second time, they hinge downwards. Considering the parodic nature of this film, this may have been intentional.

Home video releases[]

Originally released on VHS in 2001, it was later released on DVD on the 11 August 2012. The DVD was region free and featured a different cover to that of the VHS version. Between releases the spelling of "licence/license" changed.

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