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Do You Have a Licence to Save this Planet?

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Do You Have a Licence to Save this Planet?
Foot Doctor
Main character(s): The Chiropodist (The Foot Doctor)
Featuring: The Salesman
Main enemy: The Autons, The Sontarans, The Cyberons
Main setting: Un-licensed Earth
Key crew
Publisher: BBV Productions
Writer: Paul Ebbs and Gareth Preston
Director: Bill Baggs
Producer: Bill Baggs
Release details
Release date: 2001
Format: VHS, 30 minutes
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 Edit

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.

Plot Edit

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Cast Edit

Crew Edit

References Edit

  • An animated version of Rassilon appears and receives a shipment of the Toasters of Rassilon, to go with the Fondue sets of Rassilon (spoofing the main show's tendency to name things "The X of Rassilon").
  • The Second Doctor's voice, supplied by a Patrick Troughton impressionist, is heard at the beginning of the story on an answering machine, mentioning that he, Jamie and Zoe are not in the TARDIS at the moment, and that Jamie and Zoe had just ventured into a white void; referencing the events of The Mind Robber.
  • The Second Doctor says: "Oh my giddy aunt.", like he did in The Three Doctors.
  • The opening vortex resembles the one used in the Fourth Doctor's era.
  • The Foot Doctor mentions fixing the chameleon circuit.
  • There's a reference to the Borg and United Federation of Planets of Star Trek.
  • A Krynoid appears.
  • When the Salesman asks the Foot Doctor whether or not he is a Time Lord, the Foot Doctor replies by saying he is a "Chrono-Duke".
  • The Foot Doctor travels in space and time in a washing machine.
  • There is a brief The Weakest Link reference.
  • A Sontaran calls the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce.
  • The Salesman mentions Zygons.
  • The Foot Doctor carries an umbrella similar to that of the Seventh Doctor; his costume, meanwhile, is a patchwork of different patterns, reminiscent of the Sixth Doctor.
  • When the Salesman realises that he is with the Foot Doctor, not the 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.

Story notes Edit

  • The opening title sequence vaguely resembles the Doctor Who theme tune. 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, Sylvester McCoy 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 is the first time one of the Doctor actors has appeared in the same production as the BBV versions of the Autons and Sontarans.

Filming locations Edit

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Production errors Edit

  • 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 Edit


DVD cover.

Orignally 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.

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