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McGann Doubtful on Return, Spin-off

peter-capaldi-paul-mcgann-doctorsPaul McGann has said that even though he is still willing to reprise his role as the 8th Doctor, he thinks that it’s unlikely it’ll ever happen.

Speaking to Flicks and the City, he said: “We’ve got a new Doctor now. Capaldi’s begun his tenure and he could be there for 10 years or more. Peter should be given a clear run without any talk of me or anybody else.

“I’ll probably never come back but if I did I wouldn’t mind at all if it was like the last time. Five minutes every 15 years or something, I come in and steal the glory.”

He adds: “If I did come back it would have to be to fulfil a function. Otherwise it would just be a novelty thing. “

On a potential spin-off he said: “I think it’s wishful thinking. Again, Capaldi is the reality. He’s doing his thing and we’re into the modern era now.

“I don’t see why it should happen. Not unless the story and ongoing mythology deserves it. I’m not expecting anything.”

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GetExiled
GetExiled

I would be for a direct to digital series featuring the 8th Doctor.  Like Marvel is producing Daredevil for Netflix.   

They could do a 6 ep trial story to see what interest would be like.


madhi19
madhi19

The BBC is producing 13 episode a season with 8 months hiatus. You could insert two spin off and a feature film in that wide a gap and not distract from the main show. 

helenagardner9
helenagardner9

I dont think this will happen because the 8th doctor wasn't a very popular doctor so the show will not get many rantings but it would be amazing if it could happen

JonwayneStricker
JonwayneStricker

Why not have two different series? One for the prime season and one to run a few episodes while the proper season is taking a break? We the fans would watch and adore both plus it would make our lives less depressing while we wait for the next series. In America that is exactly what they are going to do with Marvel's Agent's of shield. Surely Doctor Who has a larger fan base than Shield? 



thribs1
thribs1

They could easily do an episode with the 8th and Dark Eyes. I don't know what's stopping them.

CallumRevilles
CallumRevilles

It's always so said when McGann says things like this, he has always been so passionate about playing the role every time he's been given the opportunity despite the lack of screentime, and he plays it so well.

JJJ567
JJJ567

I think a McGann/Capaldi multi-Doctor story would be awesome. You could continue to tie in Big Finish references to the show's cannon. 

Gallifreygreg
Gallifreygreg

Head must rule over heart here - I'd give my right arm for a McGann series, but it would be hugely unfair on Capaldi, unlike other spin offs it would be directly, comparable competition for the main series. Capaldi deserves the same chance to stamp his mark on the role as any other Doctor and shouldn't have to be compared against another.

A two Doctors with them together is a different matter and I would love to see it, I think it's a shame McGann couldn't have played the War Doctor instead of Hurt, so another opportunity for a full length story with him would be welcome.

CyberSmith
CyberSmith

Looks like Moffat is keeping Mcgaan shut....

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

Well, duh.  

Still really glad he got to come back, even if just for a few minutes, in Night. He was outstanding.

MrRazza is wittily changing his name for each week
MrRazza is wittily changing his name for each week

It is basically what we all already knew and thought, and very succinctly put too. Alas, I fear this will in no way deter me from continuing to live in endless, and hopefully not entirely futile, hope. (In the meantime I support the Paternoster spin off idea, keep them around for the fans but gets them away from the main show for grumpy sods like me)


I will, however, be very surprised if we see No More of the Eighth Doctor in the future.....

LeeBeing
LeeBeing

Maybe a Two Doctors style Christmas special in 2016 for the 20th anniversary of the Doctor Who movie?

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Why can't people understand that a McGann did have a full run, but on audio rather than TV?

Unibot
Unibot

Why do I get the sense that McGann is playing us? :P 

Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

I'm pretty sure there can be ways that can justify him coming back for a multi-Doctor story with Capaldi's Doctor. If Night of the Doctor showed anything, is that he can do it wonderfully, and and that the fans will love it.

apollo0
apollo0

Why not come back as the doctor after Capaldi, if he's still up for it in a few years or however long this doctor's era last.

elhakim
elhakim

Plus McGann can be the next regeneration, given what was established with the Curator at the end of the Day of the Doctor, revisiting old faces is now completely possible.

MrEvers
MrEvers

Paternoster spin-off with a flashback to when they first met the Doctor, would be perfect for McGann

GetExiled
GetExiled

@helenagardner9  The 8th Doctor was very popular...  The movie was crap.


But the ratings for it, in the UK were quite good.  It was the US ratings which tanked it.  Interest in Doctor Who in the US is at all time high, so it's a very different story now.

thribs1
thribs1

Nonsense. I'm sure if they did him, it would be popular.

thribs1
thribs1

It may conflict with the Big Finish series. A one-off or miniseries would be fine.

djmyst
djmyst

@JonwayneStricker  I think even a couple of mini made for TV movies, or a webisode type series, only available online would be a hit.


They could even work together on a small arch, where both are in the same Time Line working (unknowingly) together to stop the same disaster. Even with the (12th) Doctor hinting at a sense of Deja Vu like feeling about that timeline. So many ideas, and with an audience big enough to support it.


But BBC is too scared to have spin-offs like NCIS, Law and Order, or even Star Trek (which briefly had 3 shows at once).

andyot7777
andyot7777

@JonwayneStricker MARVEL has a larger audience than Doctor Who unforetunately. And MARVEL has a BIGGER BUDGET. BBC can't afford to fun TWO Doctor Who shows. It can barely afford ONE.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@JonwayneStricker 'Than' not 'then'. 'Then' refers to a later time, 'than' is a comparison word.


And that's different because it's America. They have more money to do lots of things like that which turn out badly and get cancelled. 

PhotonFromOz
PhotonFromOz

@LeeBeing 

I agree a Two Doctors style Christmas special is the most sensible option.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

Nah. I think they need to stay away from doing any more multiple Doctor's meeting up.

It's an interesting idea, at first. But don't overdo it.

Huknar
Huknar

@Unibot I think we'll see him next series, popping up in the opener or the final. :)

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

There are ways. But I just think multi-Doctor stories are getting a bit worn out now. The idea isn't really original any more.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

Because it's best to ignore the idea that that is possible. New Doctor's are more interesting, and it's a lot better to leave the Doctor and regenerations as a mystery.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

I hated that. It's not fair to completely change the rules for the sake of a cameo.

So I hope that Moffat in no way follows up on that, other than to give an explanation as to why that wasn't really the Doctor in the future.

Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!
Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!

Nice as it was, the Curator scene only existed for the sake of fanservice - good fanservice, mind you, but fanservice nonetheless. Besides, McGann has been playing his Doctor in audio dramas for years now, and he got to be a part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Let's let somebody else have a fair crack at the whip, eh?


Malohkeh
Malohkeh

@MrEvers If I remember correctly, according to The Brilliant Book, they met the eleventh Doctor.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

Well I'm sure people would complain but yes people would watch it, definitely.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@djmyst @JonwayneStricker I really don't want them to get into making webisodes, as a regular thing.

It was fine for 'The Night of the Doctor'. As that provided clarification, as to the causing of Paul McGann's regeneration into John Hurt.

But generally, I don't like to think of the webisodes of being anything that has to be viewed. So making anything official, I don't think is a good idea.

And the BBC aren't exactly scared. They're just aware of the risks it entails.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@PhotonFromOz @LeeBeing well the most sensible option is to do what they are doing: nothing. Then there is no risk of anything terrible happening and people can't miss what hasn't happened.

Doctor What
Doctor What

@Ollie Walton Harrod No rule has been changed at all! In The War Games, the Time Lords proposed several faces to the Doctor for his regeneration, and in Destiny of the Daleks, Romana regenerated at will and acquired the appearance of Princess Astra, seen in the previous episode, The Armageddon Factor.


So not only they didn't break any rule, they respected what was established in the show 45 years ago.

Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!
Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!

He didn't change the rules, though. Time Lords can choose their appearance when they regenerate. The Doctor has never been able to because he was a bad student and so kind of sucks at it, but it isn't inconceivable that he could learn one day, especially if Gallifrey were to come back.


elhakim
elhakim

@Amy is Hannibal  Fanservice it was, but still it opens up possibilities, and I'd argue McGann didn't have a fair crack of the whip. I think it fair to say that audio never really compares to the televisual medium Doctor Who was created for. Poor chap, he didn't even get properly brought back for Day of the Doctor, instead another actor, albeit a great one was given that role. And it wouldn't be the first time the idea was floated, they thought about brining back Troughton after Colin Baker back in the 80s.

elhakim
elhakim

@Malohkeh @MrEvers  If it wasn't on the screen it isn't canon. Brilliant idea to give McGann an opportunity in a flashback episode to explain the connections with Vastra and Strax- maybe two or three even!

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@JonwayneStricker @andyot7777 He's just trying to give an explanation. Try not to just call his point 'silly'; and, it is a valid point. Like what I was saying, Marvel does have a much higher budget.


Doctor Who makes a lot of money, yet some of the CGI (for Prisoner Zero, and the Ice Warrior's face), is truly awful.

p.s. You said 'then' instead of 'than' again. It's never right in that context.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@JonwayneStricker @Ollie Walton Harrod I only bothered correcting you because I had a relevant point to give. And I don't correct every post. It's just that one mistake, when people use 'then' instead of 'than'; because that's never right, and people have only started doing it in the last few months, for some reason.

And I'm telling you for your sake, not to be irritating. Whether or not you like hearing it, I'm still helping.

Doctor What
Doctor What

@Ollie Walton Harrod @PhotonFromOz @LeeBeing In your opinion.

If you take a look at the comments, instead of listening only to yourself, you will understand that most fans dream about a McGann return, so yes, a Two Doctors style special will be more than welcome by the vast majority of the fans.


And, if by "anything terrible happening" you mean that you are predisposed to think they will do a bad episode... well, you have to watch the actual episode, supposing it will ever be done, before forming an opinion on it.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic, but I think 4 times is enough, definitely.

KonoPez
KonoPez

No, the books and audios have always been canon.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@GetExiled @Jardi101 @Ollie Walton Harrod 'Time Crash' could be considered to not count. As it isn't a proper episode, merely a 'Children in Need' short special. And it doesn't follow the same rules as the other times, as the Doctor can remember meeting himself.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@KonoPez I don't think that the books and audio stories are as definite as the series; meaning I wouldn't like them to refer to something that happened in a book or audio story. But I agree that, if something's been given a reason, in whatever media (as long as it's official), that shouldn't then be contradicted.