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A film, also known as a movie or a flick, (AUDIO: A Life in the Day) was a type of recorded audiovisual entertainment, described by Donna Noble as "talking pictures". (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp) The name film was in reference to film stock, the material on which the entertainment was originally stored.


The emergence of film as a leisure activity occurred at some point between 1918 and 1939. (PROSE: A History of Humankind)

In 1921, Martin Donaldson took Liv Chenka to see a silent film starring Buster Keaton. (AUDIO: A Life in the Day)

In 1953, Emma-Louise Cowell was an avid cinema goer. She particularly loved musicals. She and her best friend Kate went to see Calamity Jane five times and Emma later purchased the LP. After she and Diane Holmes were accidentally sent through the Cardiff Rift more than 50 years into the future, they were both astonished that films were sold in boxes, namely DVDs, and people could watch them at home. (TV: Out of Time)

Harry Sillitoe's novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was made into a film in the 1960s. (PROSE: Time and Relative)

Selyoids could live on celluloid film, and manipulate the emotions of those who viewed a movie on which they were stored. (PROSE: Dying in the Sun)

Agatha Ellis thought cappuccinos only existed in film. (PROSE: Curtain Call)

The Terminator was a film which featured "killer robots" "messing around with time". When Bill Potts noted this to the Twelfth Doctor, he announced that he would put it on his list. (TV: Empress of Mars)

In the late 2000s, the Night Travellers were freed in the Electro, a cinema built upon the Cardiff Rift, after a film reel depicting them was played. (TV: From Out of the Rain)

By the 2010s, films could be streamed online, (AUDIO: Beachhead) often on Netflix. (AUDIO: Orr, TV: The Pilot, PROSE: Diamond Dogs, TV: Resolution)

According to the Twelfth Doctor, Frozen was a film which featured an "eternal winter". (TV: Empress of Mars)

Fitz Kreiner saw all nine Star Wars films at a cinema in the 2040s. (PROSE: The Last Resort)

Flemming believed that a film based on the Crash of the Byzantium had been made by 5343. (TV: The Husbands of River Song)

Behind the Scenes[]

Theatrical films[]

The Doctor Who universe has had two films released theatrically; Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D..

Direct-to-Video films[]

Multiple direct-to-video films, using characters and settings from the Doctor Who universe, have been released. Although none to date have featured the Doctor, many are notable for featuring companions, such as Liz Shaw and John Benton.

Film Doctor Who universe characters Written by Production company Release date
Wartime John Benton Andy Lane, Helen Stirling Reeltime Pictures 1987
P.R.O.B.E.: The Zero Imperative Liz Shaw Mark Gatiss BBV Productions 1994
Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans Sontarans Terrance Dicks Reeltime Pictures
P.R.O.B.E.: The Devil of Winterborne Liz Shaw Mark Gatiss BBV Productions 1995
Downtime The Brigadier, Sarah Jane Smith, Victoria Waterfield Marc Platt Reeltime Pictures
P.R.O.B.E.: Unnatural Selection Liz Shaw Mark Gatiss BBV Productions 1996
P.R.O.B.E.: Ghosts of Winterborne
Auton Autons Nicholas Briggs 1997
Auton 2: Sentinel 1998
Auton 3: Awakening Arthur Wallis, Paul Ebbs 1999
Dæmos Rising Kate Stewart, Dæmons David J Howe Reeltime Pictures 2004
Zygon: When Being You Just Isn't Enough Zygons Lance Parkin, Jonathan Blum, Bill Baggs BBV Productions 2008
P.R.O.B.E.: When to Die Liz Shaw Bill Baggs 2015
Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor Sil Philip Martin Reeltime Pictures 2019

Television film[]

A television movie of Doctor Who was broadcast in 1996.