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"I'm about to do something unprecedented in the history of time travel."
—Doc Brown, on capturing video of a space time correction.

This article is non-canon.

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Doc Brown Saves the World
Directed by Glenn Sanders
Produced by Glenn Sanders
Brett Levisohn
Thomas Guindon
Starring Christopher Lloyd
Salli Saffioti
Music by Alan Silvestri
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 21, 2015
Running time 8 mins.
Preceded by Back to the Future Part III

Doc Brown Saves the World is a science fiction comedy short movie starring Christopher Lloyd, reprising his role as Emmett Brown.  It is set in the year 2015, and the action takes place entirely in what would appear to be a large white hangar-sized laboratory. Doc also travels to an unknown time, off-screen, in order to stop a nuclear holocaust in 2045.


Emmett Brown arrives in the DeLorean time machine in an undisclosed location outside of Hill Valley, California. He sets a video camera to automatically track his body in order to videotape a message for Marty McFly.  He explains that it is October 21, 2015, one hour before Marty, the earlier version of Doc, and Jennifer Parker arrive from 1985.

He explains that when he traveled in the future, he discovered that there was a nuclear holocaust that occurred on October 21, 2045. He tracked it down to four inventions: the food hydrator, self lacing shoes, the hoverboard, and the Mr. Fusion home energy reactor.

The former three inventions had led to the world becoming lazy and obese, leading to widespread waste. The invention of hoverboards lead to hover cars, which led to people throwing their trash out of the windows, causing a great trash storm in 2021. All of this trash needed to be disposed of, which lead to one hundred million Mr. Fusion units being manufactured. All of the Mr. Fusion units had a tiny nuclear reactor inside, and all one hundred million of them went off on October 21, 2045.

The chain of events that led to this happening began less than twenty four hours after Marty caused Griff Tannen to crash his hoverboard into the Hill Valley Courthouse when Griff is sentenced. He vowed to get back at the world for laughing at him, and planned to do it though a company which he founded, GriffTech.

Doc holds up a clear tablet computer with a digital version of the Hill Valley Telegraph. On June 13, 2032, GriffTech invented a social media network called ThingMeme, which had secured funding from Douglas J. Needles. ThingMeme allowed inanimate objects to post selfies on the internet. However, it was a scam, as it allowed Griff to gain access to every object on Earth. On the 30th anniversary of his arrest, on October 21, 2045, he uploaded a virus that was supposed to flash the word butthead on everything. However, it short circuited the Mr. Fusion network, causing nuclear explosions in one hundred million homes around the world.

Doc then travels to an unknown date, to change history so these inventions are never created, which will prevent the nuclear explosion from occurring. He leaves his camera on, which manages to capture the four inventions being erased from history.

He arrives back in 2015, in a winter jacket and ski goggles, declaring that the mission was more complicated than he had calculated, but declaring it a success. He holds up the tablet computer, where the headline on the Hill Valley Telegraph changes from "Griff Tannen Founds Grifftech" to "Griff Tannen Found Guilty".

Doc's excitement is short lived, however, as he reaches in his pocket. He pulls out the Quantum Mind Jar, which he thought he had disposed of in 2075. He's worried that not doing so will unravel everything they've accomplished. In a female voice, the artificial intelligence of the Quantum Mind Jar tells Doc that they need to go back to the future, which he dismisses as he doesn't want to risk making any more time travel.

At that moment, another Emmett Brown, from an unknown time period, arrives, also declaring his experiment a success. Both versions of Emmett, along with the artificial intelligence of the Quantum Mind Jar, are shocked at discovering that there are two Emmett Browns present.

Release and recognitions

The short movie was released with the 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD box set on October 21, 2015.

Cast and crew




Doc Brown Saves the World uses the orchestral soundtrack composed by Alan Silvestri for the movies.


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  • 2015
  • 2021 (Year Doc mentions a great trash storm occurred.)
  • 2032 (Year shown on Hill Valley Telegraph.)
  • 2045 (Year shown on the board, and mentioned, of the nuclear holocaust.)
  • 2075 (Year Doc mentions he thought he disposed of the Quantum Mind Jar.)


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