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McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off

mcgann-tardisPaul McGann has revealed that he is so eager for an Eighth Doctor spin-off that he actually signed the petition.

“I signed it! But keep it under your fez”, he said at the Comicpalooza panel. Too late.

He elaborated: “Of course I would do it! Should anything like that ever happen again I can only assume it would happen like it did last year – there’d be a call saying ‘could you start on Monday?'”

He adds: “The thing is, I’m warmed up now. I could do it now. When we got to shoot The Night of the Doctor I was so glad for the audience. I got to keep my hand in, so to speak, because I felt like I knew what I was doing.

“The second I put the kit on I felt like the Doctor.”

Step back in time...

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Ace Pirosu
Ace Pirosu

At the very least I'd like a cameo from McGann and Hurt in a "New Who 10th Anniversary" episode, even if it's just to symbolise the transition between McGann's and Eccleston's eras.



Liam Thomas
Liam Thomas

I really think a web series would be good for the Eighth Doctor (maybe even something done on Netflix like Orange Is the New Black?). It could combine old with new and give a fresh take on Doctor Who, effectively revitalizing it for a modern audience. Basically here's why I think a web series would be great: 1. It'd give fans something to watch during the off-season. 2. Two Doctor Who's running on TV within close proximity to each other would be too much for casual viewers. 3. It could be laid out differently as a web series - perhaps more like the long story arcs of Classic Who; perhaps not. Basically it could be a lot more versatile. 4. I know some wouldn't like it but, it could be American-made - something to increase viewers in America; plus it could give way to better comedic timing if written by a board of writers, as opposed to a single writer per episode. (This is probably one of my favourite qualities of American shows in comparison with British ones). Anyway, just my thoughts. An Eighth Doctor series would be great regardless of format no matter what, but I personally think a web-series would be a move in the right direction.

LordRassilon
LordRassilon

I've pondered a parallel series, for some time. I think that the DW franchise has room, for a second series; possibly running in parallel, or else, running when the main series is off; that meaning, when the normal series finishes for a year, the alternate series begins. This would give 26 stories per year, which I think is more feasible with two full casts (for the benefit of actors, wanting time for something else in life).


WHile I'd happily accpet a mini-series, I have been addicted to Paul McGann;s voice since 1996; and a proper series, using him, before the time war, set after Dark Eyes, would be an interesting, and probably very successful concept. In fact, the last episode of such a series, would likely be Night of The Doctor that could be extended, filmed in advance, to show how he go to where he was.


The plot of such a series, would of course, involve the events that caused the Last great Timewar, and the atrocities therein; and would be very dark; and a good candidate for a later slot (the old Torchwood slot, would be ideal), for a Winter series; although now that DW is going darker, it may also be a fitting Winter story. (I tend to find that darker stories are best for late autumn to late winder, and cheerier tales, best for spring to summer.)

DanFellows
DanFellows

Yep I'd like it, but not until Capaldi has had a full series. Perhaps the BBC shld let Amazon make it... actually, saying that I know they won't. best we can hope for at the moment is a 2 Dr anniversary special next year when NuWho is 10yrs old...

Richy Woo
Richy Woo

The Avengers franchise has a clever idea with the NETFLIX funded mini series featuring hero's such as Daredevil and Luke Cage. Stand alone four part stories featuring fan favorite characters that also act as sneaky backdoor pilots might be the way to go for the Whoniverse.

Dalekoverlord
Dalekoverlord

Every character on doctor who should get a spin-off then every show on TV might be a doctor who spin-off.


ahunter8056
ahunter8056

I would want this to happen so much. However, I very much doubt that this would happen. I'd assume that BBC wouldn't want two shows with two different Doctors going on at the same time, otherwise the general public would probably get confused.

Snoozinboozin
Snoozinboozin

I don't see why it couldn't be done after peter's first year is aired. They could do it online via a deal with Netflix or something. Instead of a spin off they could make it as a prequel and adapt the big finish stories and have it headed up by Briggs and the rest of the BF team. That way it doesn't contradict the show or overshadow Capaldi. Online content is the big thing now and more people are going online for all of their material so it would also be a win win situation for the BBC. I don't buy the stuff about confusion, you would be assuming that people are stupid. I am part of the new mainstream audience of DW and I am not confused by it one bit and I am a fan of the audios so I would like it if people do not stereotype others and put them into small boxes. Paul McGann is one of the best actors to have ever played the doctor. His stories on audio are some of the best written stories with some of the best companions in Charlie, Lucie Miller and Molly whom were made canon by the mini-episode. I will argue that they were better than some companions in the new tv stories. And McGann's doctor was the blueprint for the doctors to come later. Even though the movie was flawed it provided a lot of ideas for the we series. I think allowing us to see more of the 8th doctor will be cool. I will settle for a multi doc episode seeing that Capaldi and McGann have worked together before and would be funny onscreen

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

I'll make it perfectly clear. I love the 8th Doctor. His only sole and major appearance in the TV movie didn't do the part justice. His brief return in The Night of the Doctor certainly made the majority of the fandom wet lipped. But I really don't think a spin off is necessary. Surely his story is now done, regarding the Time War where we saw him (partially) regenerate. If there is a really good excuse to bring him back in a one off multi Doctor special, then maybe I might budge. But the story has to justify this. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see the character return, but not as a spin off. Give the lesbian lizard, her rowdy cockney partner and the potato dwarf a spin off over the 8th Doctor. 


TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

I can't tell you how much I would adore this. But at the same time, I get the feeling it wouldn't work because it's the same show. It would basically be two versions of the same how just with a different Doctor. If it happens, of course I'd watch. I just hope they'll do it right and not go too far with storylines that there's a worry for continuity.

needcomicmoney
needcomicmoney

I can't see them doing a spin-off but they could easily use the 8th Doctor in a team-up with the 12th. It doesn't need to be an anniversary for them to go multi-Doctor, remember there was the story 'The Two Doctors' featuring the 6th and the 2nd. And a Christmas Special would be 'special' enough for a McGann & Capaldi outing.

Oliver J. "cool"
Oliver J. "cool"

A nice idea but it really wouldnt work unless it was a crossover episode or an online mini-series. Not a full TV programme.

Harry007
Harry007

I'd love a spin off but I would like the writing to be the same quality as that of the current series. Could this be done. Would the same sort of resources be used? I doubt it.


Digital Sid
Digital Sid

An iplayer-aired spin-off aired off season is in no way going to over shadow a 10 million viewer BBC One show, that isn't an excuse not to do it. They're required to do minisodes anyway, they're paid additional money to make them anyway, why not use them to flesh out 8? Why waste them on a TARDIS skit that everyone's going to have forgotten in a month. They should at least get him in for a current-doctor-lite flashback episode.

JPatterson2
JPatterson2

I saw "McGann Signed" and "8" and I almost freaked out. I want more 8!!

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Pity RTD didn't just get McGann back for the revival.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

Sorry Paul, I'd love to have seen a proper series with your Doctor, but I can't see any logical way of returning to your Doctor without completely interfering with the current Doctor's run, or destroying the Doctor Who timeline.  There can only be one CURRENT Doctor, if we returned to a previous Doctor it would go against 50 years of history, where one Doctor follows another, and however good Paul may be, his Doctor isn't different enough to make a spinoff work. A charming, romantic Doctor, hmm, that's not exactly new ground for the show...

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@Ace Pirosu At the very least?!

That's just being unrealistic. The 10th Anniversary of modern Doctor Who is hardly a milestone when we just had the 50th Anniversary last year. Don't expect any cameo's; other than a potential, but unlikely minisode with Mcgann.

Digital Sid
Digital Sid

@ahunter8056 Said spin-off wouldn't be aimed at the general public, it would be aimed at the fans that night was, not that the public are as dim as that suggests, no one's going to confuse the one from the 5 minute iPlayer spin-off with the one from the Saturday night TV show. I don't think anyone's suggesting a set of televised 45 minute episodes for Eight too, and his own range of merchandise, just more Night Of The Doctors, a series of 5 minute minisodes for iPlayer during each interim.

TylerHammond
TylerHammond

It would be good if it was like Sarah Jane Adventures, see all the adventures the eight doctor had, maybe on CBBC

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@Snoozinboozin Firstly, no to the prequel idea. They hardly ever turn out well and often do more damage to the franchise than good.

Secondly, doing a deal with Netflix would mean everyone would have to get Netflix to see it. Meaning the majority of people would watch them illegally online.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@Master Michael Moon I would definitely say NO to any Paternoster Gang spin-off. I'd better have just the regular 12 or 13 episodes of Doctor Who per year than have the trio back in a full series. Much better a continuation of Torchwood or something similar with UNIT and Kate Steward as the leader. Still, I'd like the Eighth Doctor to return in some form.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@Harry007 The Classic Series worked with minimal budget and I'm fairly sure The Night of the Doctor didn't cost that much. Just have the Eighth Doctor fight his villains in real present-day locations with minimal budget and concentrate on quality. Take Nicholas Briggs and let him work on the series. There you have it!

Huknar
Huknar

@JPatterson2 I did the same. Saw the words "McGann signed for Doctor Spin Off" and needless to say my heart stopped beating.

nikioko
nikioko

@Malohkeh 

We should be glad. The RTD era was really bad. Bad stories, bad doctor (not Eccleston who had enough of it after one season, but Tennant). I wouldn't have liked the eighth doctor participating in an RTD story.

nikioko
nikioko

@Planet of the Deaf 

You forget that time is relative...

There is no reason why there cannot be new stories of older incarnations on screen.

Timhogan
Timhogan

@Planet of the Deaf I disagree.  Publishers like Big Finish give us classic doctors in new adventures all the time (which Moffat even made some-what cannon with his references in The Night of the Doctor.)  It's quite easy to make it work, just don't have it compete with the actual series.  If Series 8 airs August - Christmas then they could easily have maybe a small series Sherlock style that airs at like Easter or something to keep fans with fresh Doctor Who adventures while waiting for Series 9.  The majority of Doctor Who fans start with later Doctors and go back to view previous doctors anyway.  To have a few adventures for #8 that falls between the TV Movie and The Night of the Doctor would be no different to current fans than them finding lost episodes of the Second Doctor and releasing them for people to see for the first time.  With the fanbase the way it is, fans wouldn't be getting confused, especially if they were to advertise it as "See some "lost" adventures of the 8th Doctor" as sort of a "treat" to fans while Moffat is busy writing/filming the following series.  If anything, it makes more sense in a series like Doctor Who to be able to have new adventures of previous Doctors because of how the series is established.  

ScottAtenhan
ScottAtenhan

@Planet of the Deaf He's been doing audios for an incredibly long time, that hasnt interfered, i could only assume it would be more of the same but in video format. and if you havent listened to his audios, his doctor is different than the other doctors. just saying


ahunter8056
ahunter8056

@digitalsid @ahunter8056 There have been no statements as to what form a spin-off would take, if it were to happen. To claim that if a spin-off were to happen it would only be a series of 5 minute episodes exclusive to IPlayer is ridiculous. A spin-off could take any form. It could be a series of hour long episodes, it could be a series of 20 minute episodes. 5 minutes per episode is just not long enough at all. And yes, the general public would get confused. When I say general public, I mean the members of the public that are obviously aware of Doctor Who (since you obviously can't live in the UK for any considerable amount of time without knowing about Doctor Who), but who don't watch every episode, if any at all. 

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

@TylerHammond Personally I would hate for that to happen. If an Eighth Doctor spin-off happened, it would need to be a family show on either BBC 1 or an IPlayer exclusive.

Snoozinboozin
Snoozinboozin

First of all I said adapt the big finish stories of the 8th doctor and use that instead of a spin off. In terms if narrative writing that's what the stories are called. A prequel because they have already been done. The characters of those stories have been made canon thanks to the mini episode which does not contradict the new series at all, in fact as someone who has every single audio drama of the 8th doctor those stories give a lot of insight to how the doctor came to be before we met the 9th doctor. So it won 'to ruin anything especially if in the hands of writers of big finish. As for the online thing it can happen, online content is where business is nowadays plus studios have multiple deals with many companies.Game of thrones is no. 1 on HBO not because of ratings but because of online content and multiple deals. Yes people will download illegally but that is already happening to non-internet content. Nothing is impossible if you are smart about it.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@Timhogan @Planet of the Deaf 

Timhogan - I think that's a brilliant idea. I was at first sceptical about how this would work. But with your suggestion of having them air during wait times of proper series', along with keeping them small, I think would definitely be something Doctor Who writers should consider.


- Although it is something that could get out of hand, quite easily, and end up competing with the main series.

Planet of the Deaf - I think you're overthinking it a bit. It's true that the majority of Doctor Who fans do not listen to Doctor Who audio adventures; or read the books. But that doesn't mean they can't learn. Young children do adapt easily as it's not like any idea seems crazy since they're not used to anything. If another smaller series aired, with the 8th Doctor, it would soon become known what was happening. As long as they aren't both the same length, and aren't competing with each other (as mentioned previously, by Timhogan), it could work well, I think. Also, the character is called 'The Doctor', not 'Doctor Who'.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Timhogan @Planet of the Deaf There is a big difference though between cheap to make audios, sold to a hardcore group of fans of the show, and a TV show, which to be economic will need to cater for a mass audience, most of which won't be aware of Big Finish, and don't watch Classic episodes, and I think it would cause confusion. When you ask the general public (and especially children) who "Doctor Who" is they'll be able to name the current one, but with two making current episodes? Any new Eight episodes would have to be of the same production standards as well, so would be expensive too






















AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@ScottAtenhan @Planet of the Deaf I'm still convinced they should give visuals to the BF stories with 6, 7 and 8. They all had wonderful adventures in audio format, but many non-British like me find it difficult not just to purchase them, but also to understand every single thing the audio says. Visuals help a lot and I'm sure a BF animated series with McGann would be terrific!

ScottAtenhan
ScottAtenhan

@Ollie Walton Harrod Actually, in the classic series he was credited as Doctor Who, and even the classic doctors will occasionally say "I was the (fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh) "Doctor Who" its really not that big of a deal whether someone calls him The Doctor or Doctor Who

Timhogan
Timhogan

@Planet of the Deaf @Timhogan Why does it have to be the same production standards?  When you ask the general public who Doctor Who is, they can name the current one, but I've never met anyone even little kids who are a fan of the show that don't know there is more than 1 Doctor.   And as long as they've learned to count they will understand the difference between the 10th, 11th, and now 12th.   Especially with only 2 episodes ago in the main series it was the 50th anniversary and everyone, even the casual fans that didn't even know what the classic series was let alone big finish was just introduced to all 11 (and some eyes) of the Doctors.  Why would putting 8th in a small special really make a difference?  


You don't have to have the same production standards.  There is no reason to.  If you do then it causes problems.  They could easily make a smaller lower-budget production that caters more to the main Doctor Who audience that know about multiple Doctors.  As long as BBC doesn't broadcast it as, "Check out the new Doctor episodes/series" then they should be fine.  Clearly advertise it as "Coming this Easter a special treat for Doctor Who fans, see the untold adventures of the 8th Doctor before the Time War" (by using a reference to the Time War even the casual audience know about this with the 50th Anniversary being less than a year ago, there is absolutely 0 fans out there that shouldn't know what the Time War and about the other 10 Doctors.)  And they'd be fine.  You seem to act like the only way they can do this is to make a full length series with competing budgets and advertisement to the show, but I don't understand why.  Do an hour long special or two for Easter.  It doesn't have to be a full blown project.  


They could easily do it with a much smaller budget and still make tons of money if they were to couple it with the release of the DVD the following day that includes a trailer for the following full series of Doctor Who.  It could easily be done.  The only issue would be finding a team to do it, since they wouldn't want to interrupt Moffat and his team from doing the main series.

ScottAtenhan
ScottAtenhan

@Ollie Walton Harrod @ScottAtenhan What i meant was the actors that played (4, 5, 6, 7, etc) referred to him as doctor who, even in An Adventure in Space and Time David Bradley refers in character as William Hartnell that he plays Doctor Who

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

There are interviews of Colin Baker (I have his in mind specifically coz I just few of his old interviews) where he refers to himself as "Doctor Who " Go ahead and tell him he's saying it right lol.

steverogersandfriends
steverogersandfriends

@Ollie Walton Harrod @ScottAtenhan No it is not like calling the master 'master who' because the master was never ever credited as that. However the doctor has been credited as 'doctor who' several times. It is perfectly reasonable to call him doctor who. I have no idea why Newvians get so mad when people call him Doctor Who.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@ScottAtenhan @Ollie Walton Harrod That doesn't matter. No matter what they refer to him as, his name is still The Doctor. Even if all of the writers, main actors, and the rest of the cast and crew suddenly decide to start calling him something different in interviews, his name will always be The Doctor (again, other than his actual name).

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

Sigh... I meant "go ahead and tell him he is not saying it right." No edit and can't find the way to delete from my mobile...

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

It doesn't matter whether The Master was or wasn't credited as that. The point is, it's the same logic. His name is The Doctor, not anything else he, or anyone else has ever credited him as (other than his actual name of course, which is currently unknown).

And that's not a 'Newvian' thing so don't automatically assume that that's what I am, and that I am therefore somehow lesser.