Say you saw the Doctor Who series nine premiere last night. You might wonder about something, given the below....
The Doctor Who movie was a canonical Doctor Who episode which aired on Fox, the U.S. broadcast network, in May 1996. Fox wanted to use the movie as a backdoor pilot for an American version of Doctor Who, but ratings were not high enough.
At the start of the film, the audience is told in voiceover that the Daleks have killed The Master for unspecified crimes against their species. The Daleks ask the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy, reprising his role from the BBC series) to transport The Master's remains to Gallifrey during the Rassilon era for interment.
The Doctor has what little is left of the remains in a small, egg-shaped metal urn. He places it in a velvet-lined metal box, and locks the box with his sonic screwdriver. The Doctor then settles down to read H.G. Wells' The Time Machine while on the way to Gallifrey. The Doctor hasn't been in transit for more than two or three minutes, when suddenly the box breaks open. A clear goo leaks from the bottom of the box and makes its way across the floor. It enters the TARDIS controls, causing a malfunction that forces the Doctor to make an emergency landing.
The Doctor lands in Los Angeles, California, in 1996. As the Doctor emerges from the TARDIS, he is unfortunately caught in a drug-related shoot-out, and is gravely injured. Meanwhile, the Master-goo escapes through the TARDIS' door locking mechanism, and slides into the jacket of an emergency medical services (EMS) worker.
The Doctor is taken to a local hospital, where surgeons -- unaware he has two hearts -- discover that one of his hearts has stopped working. Their use of a defibrillator kills him, and he regenerates a few hours later into the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann).
Meanwhile, the EMS worker (Eric Roberts) is asleep. The Master-goo leaves his jacket, and forces its way down his throat -- transforming the EMS guy into The Master!!!!!