As Doctor Strange hits cinemas, here are the best and worst doctors in cinema

Benedict Cumberbatch is winning rave reviews for his performance as mystical medic Doctor Strange, the latest comic book blockbuster from Marvel. It got me thinking about big screen doctors of the past. Here are some of the greatest… and a few that deserve to be struck off…

Doctor Strangelove (1964)

Stanley Kubrick’s satire of Cold War nuclear lunacy stars Peter Sellars  as the USA’s (ex-Nazi) advisor, who suggests the top brass wait out the impending apocalypse in a bunker, surrounded by ‘stimulating females’ to repopulate Earth.
Comedy genius Peter Sellers as Dr Strangelove

Dr Zhivago (1965)

Omar Sharif became an international heart-throb after playing the titular medic. The epic romance plays out between Sharif and Julie Christie’s Lara, against the backdrop of Russia’s march to revolution.

Back To the future (1985)

Christopher Lloyd is Doc Brown, a mad scientist who invents a time machine that takes Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) back to 1955, where he must fend off the amorous intentions of his (now teenage) mum to fix history and avoid a Freudian nightmare. You would have thought the security of the space/time continuum would be the least of Brown’s worries, given that his Delorean is powered by plutonium purchased from Libyan terrorists. He’d be better off catching a lift back to the 50s with Marty if he hopes to avoid a spell in Guantanamo.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Blu-ray Screenshot
It was spaghetti bolognese night at the asylum

The Silence of The Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins chews up the scenery and fellow cast members as captured cannibal serial-killer Dr Hannibal Lecter. The evil genius is drafted in to help a rookie FBI agent (Jodie Foster) from his cell, when the hunt for another twisted psychopath hits a brick wall.

The Fugitive (1993)

Dr Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is framed for his wife’s murder, and the middle-aged vascular surgeon, somehow evades a massive manhunt while simultaneously searching for the real killer – the One Armed Man.

The Island Of Dr Moreau (1996)

A risible take on HG Wells’ novel casts Marlon Brando as a physiologist playing God on a desert island. Val Kilmer is the castaway appalled by Moreau’s splicing of humans with animals to create horrific hybrids. The film, ironically, is 100% turkey.
Marlon Brando in The Island Of Doctor Moreau

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

Eccentric writer Hunter Thompson (Johnny Depp playing his real-life pal) and his Samoan attorney  Dr Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) head for Las Vegas on a drug-fuelled bender as the idealism of their 60s hippy-dream evaporates.

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