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Campbell-Jones Wants McGann Spin-Off

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Emma Campbell-Jones has said she would be very interested in seeing a Paul McGann spin-off.

The actress said she would reprise her role as Cass from The Night of the Doctor “in a heartbeat.”

She told Flicks and the City: “I know that Cass has died but with time travel [anything is possible] and also they don’t actually definitively say that she’s definitely dead. So there’s a tiny window of opportunity. You never know.”

“Ultimately Cass just needs to see he’s the good Doctor. She’s only just met him and has come from a world that has been torn apart by the Time Lords and their nefarious antics.”

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BrandonMarriott
BrandonMarriott

The Curator mentioned the reuse of old faces for future incarnations of the Doctor. While that could have just been used to explain Baker's appearance in the 50th, my bet is that McGann will return as a future Doctor, maybe the 13th?

Ryuuchi
Ryuuchi

We all know that a full legitimate live action series of the 8th Doctor would be the most epic historical event of the famous sci-fi franchise. How they are not doing it now, is beyond me. I mean, seriously. He's one of my most favorite Doctor. Paul McGann deserves more.

Maiden_Ty_One
Maiden_Ty_One

If it means more Paul McGann/Eighth Doctor, I'm all for it! :D

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

IMHO, any story with the return of Kess should use either the War Doctor (prose or Big Finish) or the Capaldi Doctor (TV). War would make sense because it would show Kess the immediate consequence of her refusal to accept Eight's help, and Twelve would make sense because he is, after all, the incumbent.

robohappy
robohappy

Bring back McGann! He deserves at least a mini series!

SteveWillis
SteveWillis

A series would involve long arcs and may include plot seeds to exploit in future series. If the series doesn't get renewed, you get a half-baked "tie off" (like Heroes). I would prefer a mini-series (like the recent Jonathan Creek) where it's like a trilogy of big episodes. I'm worried a series might have bloat in it, or murder any canon for 8th's other adventures in sound/words.




Proctor Hugh
Proctor Hugh

The thing is, though, we already have a McGann series. It's called 'Dark Eyes'. It's good. We don't need a separate TV one.

Unibot
Unibot

She would have made a great companion. I'm all for more Cass in whatever form!

Polyphase
Polyphase

I don't see anything wrong with making a special or 2 with McGann as the 8th Doctor but a series seems pointless, Would rather more reall Doctor Who :)

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

To me a spin off show has to feature minor characters, who can get a chance to expand, e.g. Captain Jack in Torchwood. Sarah Jane Smith in her series was a perfect  spinoff, a much loved character in her own series, aimed at a slightly different audience, and no clash with the main show, as it featured occasional visits from the then current Doctor and caused no problems of canon. 



The Paternosters have been mentioned, as they live in their own time and place, and thus could have adventures that didn't interfere with the Doctor's, especially if was a CBBC show. You could imagine A children's adventures featuring Jenny, the Doctor's Daughter.Reprising an old Doctor is trickier, as you are then making the same show. 


Supose the 8th Doctor was much better or worse than Capaldi's, suppose it was more violent, or sillier, or weirder, it would confuse the audience of the main show. Imagine if some people stopped watching Capaldi because they hated the McGann parallel series, and saw them all as Doctor Who?

Pat108
Pat108

What would have been great was if inbetween Name and Day Of The Doctor there was an 8th doctor summer mini series explaining more in depth how he got to be the War Doctor. It would have been a great addition to the 50th and An Adventure in Space and Time

MJJ
MJJ

If the story is well-written, and the best people are a part of it, Id' love to see a one-off or mini-series of any of the past Doctors and companions. But I wouldn't want to see them produced until Capladi has made his mark as the Doctor.

JFrance
JFrance

I don't think an 8th Doctor spin off will ever happen, its more likely the 8th Doctor will appear in a multi Doctor story or more minsodes than a full TV series.      

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

We just need one massive past character spin off, including obviously the 8th Doctor, Captain Jack, Riversong... (maybe not the last one). I re-watched The Name of the Doctor today and I felt she had a justified ending, considering her last words were "Goodbye, sweetie" and considering her first words were "Hello, sweetie". Anyway, I personally would love to see McGann back in a one off spin off, no more. I think people have a lot of tunnel vision regarding wanting past Doctor's to either return on their own or in more multi Doctor specials. We've only just had the 50th last year, which was a real once in a very long while treat. Capaldi needs time to settle into the role and become familiar with viewers. I also personally think Tennant shouldn't return again. After his controversial reprise as the 10th Doctor in Day, there isn't a need for his return anymore- his story is done. You could even say the same about McGann because of The Night of the Doctor and even John Hurt. There is one other person I would be over the moon to see return, but it will never happen...


Tremas
Tremas

Let an American TV company make a spin-off series featuring the 8th Doctor. Major television studios have been wanting to make a US-based Doctor Who series for years; why not a series featuring McGann?

VERITASERUMUK
VERITASERUMUK

I would like to see a McGann spin-off or maybe three 90 minute specials each year (like Sherlock).


Hibernus
Hibernus

If there's anyone who deserves a leading role in a new spinoff, it's Paul McGann. He was sorely missed in The Day of the Doctor itself. Peter Capaldi will have no trouble cultivating a fanbase of his own, with or without side stories, and certainly, more Eighth Doctor adventures would be more compelling and justifiable than a Paternoster Gang show or the other ideas being mooted.

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

I secretly want Cass to be the original version of Clara, after all they both wanted to see the universe, and they both crashed landed in space ships and neither despite the Doctor's efforts were saved.  There you go Moff, that's your story arc, you just need to fill in the gaps and you have a movie.  I only charge 10% of all profits, a cup of tea, with a couple of jammy dodgers. 

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I don't get why people would rule out a return from Cass because of something as small as being dead. The sheer amount of ways already established in the Doctor Who universe to revive the dead is absolutely mind-boggling.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Night of the Doctor was just perfect and as much as want to see McGann and maybe Cass as his companion things are better left the way they are. The most brilliant 7 minutes and a great, memorable farewell to the eight Doctor.

Oodkind is foretold...
Oodkind is foretold...

I don't think it is a particularly good idea. Perhaps a few mini episodes during the off-season would be fine, but a spin-off would just be a distraction from the main show. The nature of Doctor Who is to move on, and I think that's what we should do.


However, If they do want to celebrate the 10th anniversary of New Who (which I'm not so sure is he best idea either), perhaps they could bring back McGann and Smith for a special or finale, as someone suggested before. It would have to have a strong story, though. They shouldn't bring him back just to bring him back.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

Actually they do say she's dead, and there's some things that even time travel can't solve.

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

OMG - Calling Moff, come in Moff - Pretty, Pretty, ppppllllllleeeeeeaaaaassssseeeeee do a spin-off, or better still a movie.  After all McGann deserves it, plus there is a whole world of possibilities with Cass's character. Actually I take that back, I want a couple of series from number 8 and Cass. We've no Torchwood or Sarah Jane (RIP), we need something to fill the dark winter nights in-between Doctor Who and Sherlock. Come on Moff, you know you want to.  Pppppplllllllleeeeeeeaaaaaaaassssssseeee:)

Maiden_Ty_One
Maiden_Ty_One

@VictorWong1 Not really, the "Warrior" would just confirm her sentiments to her, that she was right to mistrust the Doctor and that the Timelords realy are just war hungry monsters. 

8 was, ironically, the best Doctor to show her how wrong she was, he just didn't get chance to :(

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@Planet of the Deaf I think the audience is more 'intelligent' than many give credit. Why would people stop watching Capaldi because they hated the McGann parallel series? Wouldn't they more likely just stick with the Doctor they liked? But I agree that in the highly unlikely event that they finally come to their senses and give McGann another movie, show, series or special etc they must give time, space and respect to Capaldi to make his own mark before they even think of doing anything else. 



Xaven
Xaven

Sorry, I must have missed something. What was controversial about Tennant returning?

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

@Tremas I bet BBC America would love a go.


Just not HBO (or similar channels). They make great TV, but Doctor Who really shouldn't have a boob quota.

 Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon
Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon

@Tremas true but it has to pay respect to the source material and have the right people behind it. That's what made the recent Godzilla movie awesome. But if they don't respect the source material and try to do something "hip" and "popular" it'll end up a mess like Man of Steel was. I'm a proud American but I don't trust the entertainment industry enough yet for there to be a U.S. Doctor Who.

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@Tremas With all due respect to the American TV networks, and echoing the thoughts of Kate Lethbridge-Stewart ... I would strongly suggest not.  



DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@VERITASERUMUK No don't give Moff ideas - he may think we should only have 3 episodes of Doctor Who every 2 years!  Moff if you're reading this look into my eyes, while I wipe your memory ... and give you the story arc for a 8 and Cass spin off series ...

Unibot
Unibot

@Malohkeh Exactly. :P  The show's premise is based around a man who changes his face, allowing the show to continue easily through replacements. 

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Oodkind But then McGann isn't really a NewWho Doctor. Perhaps in 2016 they can celebrate 20 years since the TV movie...

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@Oodkind The thing is, if they did bring back Smith and McGann for the 10th anniversary, they would also have to bring back Tennant and possibly Hurt. On the other hand, while it would be completely wrong to risk diminishing Capaldi's tenure, it would be equally wrong giving McGann just a few mini episodes.  If after 1 mini episode fans are demanding a full comeback, I don't think they would be happy with minisodes - I know I wouldn't be.   It would either have to be a full blown series or 2 shown at a different time to Capaldi or a movie, this time made and controlled by the Moff/BBC.  In an ideal world for me it would be a couple of series, but to be fair to Capaldi, a movie may be better.



DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@The_Eternal_Dalek Ah, but on screen, it hasn't been said for certain Cass is dead. How do we know that the Sisters didn't bring her back to life in the same way as the Doctor?  This story has legs and the Who crew need to let it run - puns intended :)


Malohkeh
Malohkeh

@DrWholocked There's always Classic Who and Big Finish to fill the gaps. Or if you're really desperate, K9 and Company.

DasManiac
DasManiac

We have never made either. There has no been no American Doctor Who or Torchwood to this day. The TV Movie was an entirely British/Canadian production.

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@Planet of the Deaf @Oodkind Ooh, now there's a brilliant idea. I wonder if that's the plan, if so, McGann would have to be signed up now, and production imminent. They have around 18 months, it could be done. For the 10th anniversary they could bring back Smith and possibly Tennant with Capaldi without it looking forced, and then McGann, maybe even Hurt and CE in 2016. 

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @Oodkind I doubt Chris will ever comeback.  If the 50th didn't tempt him, 10 truckloads of money isn't going to do it.  However, should the BBC wish, I would be happy to take Chris' place for a mere 3 truckloads ...

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

@Malohkeh @DrWholocked K9 and Company? Please leave the TARDIS by nearest exit and never return! Sadly no McGann in Classic Who and I would like to see and hear him. Yes I know, I'm being greedy :(

LordRassilon
LordRassilon

Those with short memories, may forget that the same thing occurred both with Tom Baker, and with Colin Baker. yet, now both are reprising their roles in audio format, and Colin, who refused to return for his regeneration scene, would like to return to the series on telly.


The major conflicts, relating to BBC executives, change when those people retire. 


Neither actor considered playing 'The Doctor' to be a serious role, and Tom was tired of being typecast. Now, thirty years later, they realise that the role made them a national icon.


Regarding Cass, I don't see this kind of return as likely. if we can't see jenny again, who is distinctively alive at the end of her single episode, then I doubt we'll see a character that was on-screen for about three minutes return.


I honestly would rather see a return of Carol Anne Ford, and a regeneration scene for her. I thin that would be a much better, more emotional, and deeply rooted idea; as after all, she is family to The Doctor, rather than some girl he couldn't save.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I read somewhere he said he's like Patrick Troughton who didn't talk too much about the part because he thought it takes the mystery away. But I don't know, I really like to see actors communicatig with the fans, especially with such a loyal fanbase as the Whovians.

supermoff is on the Orient Express...in space!
supermoff is on the Orient Express...in space!

@The Outer Space K9 Well, that's assuming we have a 10th anniversary special in the first place (fingers crossed!). 

Maybe he doesn't fully realise how much his Doctor is loved, but it looks like he just sees the Doctor as an acting role rather than anything else :/ Hopefully he'll realise what support and love there is for Nine before it's too late. 

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Thing is the 10th anniversary is really all about him.The face that brought the Doctor back and made it popular for a new generation. I hope he will come back, I don't know what's stopping him but he should only think about how many happy fans there will be if he returns. His fans, that's all that should matter.

YaelMoise supports the nuking of space-spiders
YaelMoise supports the nuking of space-spiders

@DrWholocked @Malohkeh Hey! The K-9 and Company pilot was the only reason we know the Doctor gave Sarah Jane a K-9. If K-9 and Company never existed, she wouldn't have had one in The Five Doctor and in School Reunion. K-9 and Company, though naff, was and is every bit an important part of the Whoniverse.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I like the Paternoster gang, but a spinoff of UNIT with Kate and Osgood (and maybe Malcolm) would be amazing. Besides, after all these years UNIT deserves a spin-off.