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McGann Would Return Again

night-mcgann-doctor-2013Eighth Doctor Paul McGann has said he would return again to Doctor Who if asked by Steven Moffat.

Speaking to Yahoo, he said: “If the same thing were to happen again and Moffat were to say ‘Would you come back and do it and I’ll write it?’ Why wouldn’t I want to do it? If it’s going to be that quality, why wouldn’t you want to do it?”

On spin-off series rumours he said: “There’s always all kinds of rumours. ‘Doctor Who’ is like a rumour mill, isn’t it? ‘Yea, McGann is gonna do this, Matt is gonna do that, there’s going to be a spin-off, blah blah blah’. Of course it’s all b****cks because it’s Moffat who decides what they’re going to do next. And of course, now you’ve got a new Doctor in Peter Capaldi – I think it’s only fair that he gets a decent run on his own without any distractions so he gets his feet under the table.”

Explaining some background details on how The Night of the Doctor came about he said: “Steven Moffat got in touch and said ‘If I were to write it, would you do it?’ I asked could I think about it and he said ‘Think about it now… because we want to do it next week.’ I had such a quick decision to make and I’m glad, because sometimes when you do things quickly, it’s better.”

“I felt when I arrived in Cardiff that [Moffat] had probably written it the day before. That was the only gap he had, on that Sunday, because they were trying to finish the big 50th. We arrived and it was next to the set of the 50th and [the actors] had all left. They’d had the party the night before and they’d all just left. We arrived the next day and shot the mini-episode.”

Step back in time...

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parrot999
parrot999

I've always kind of felt bad for McGann... He's kind of like that guy who's willing to bend backwards to be in the club, because he wasn't given a fair shot the first time around... Although, at least he got a chance to show his stuff in Night of the Doctor...

Now that I think about it, you could say the same about John Simm in the role of The Master... He wants a chance to be a good Master, because Russel gave him the most over the top, stupid dialogue and actions...

DW_girl
DW_girl

He really needs a spin-off! Please make it happen! He could join forces with the Paternoster Gang, or Captain Jack!

yiffniff
yiffniff

They could totally give him a little Children of Earth-esque mini series of some sort.  Please.  He's - excellent.  

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

I'd love Paul to come back for more episodes in the future. It would be brilliant. I loved seeing him back in The Night of the Doctor. It showed he's still the Doctor 100% and his fantastic work at Big Finish helped with keeping his incarnation alive. If Moffat wishes to do anything special for the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who's return to screen have a Two Doctors story including Peter and Paul. Just like Colin and Patrick did back in 1985. That worked briliantly and I think Peter and Paul working together would just create a great story.

On another note I'm hopefully going to meet Paul next weekend at a convention. Here's hoping I can have a chat with him. At best I'll at least get an autograph which is good enough for me. It will just be fantastic with the thought I'll be seeing him in the flesh.

Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

Oh, Moffat... why couldn't you have rang up McGann BEFORE Day of the Doctor? Then you could've had him instead of the War Doctor, you genius! 


On another note, I'd really love to see him return in a Two Doctors-like episode, perhaps the next, or the one after it, Christmas Special? How awesome would that be?

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Of course! Who would turn down that opportunity?

Antee991166
Antee991166

I would love him to return to the show, but not right away, since we've only just had the 50th anniversary.

Diana van der Pluijm
Diana van der Pluijm

Of course he would! Such a missed opportunity if you ask me, to not have McGann star in more episodes.

JFrance
JFrance


If Steven Moffat dose do more with the 8th Doctor, It will probably be more minisodes or a multi Doctor story than a spin off TV series. 

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

No 8th Doctor spin-off please. A few minisodes I can take, but I think it's wrong to have more than one Doctor in a regular role on TV. That's what Big Finish is for.

The Finn
The Finn

So Moffat wrote "Night" in such a short period of time? Impressive! I also agree, that Capaldi should get a "decent run on his own without distractions".



Gustaff
Gustaff

Good on you Paul. There are other ways to return besides Reiuon episodes. Why not do an almost multi-doc story. One episode occuring in a flashback with Paul as the Doctor and cutting back to Capaldi dealing with the aftermath of Paul's adventure. That's timey-wimey also. 

You could do a mutli-doc story with 8 and 12 without it being an anniversary story. 

Time Crash proved minisodes between old/new Doctors works well.


There are a bunch of things that can happen and from this interview, it sounds like Moffat made this decision spur of the moment and I love it.


We need more of this kind of stuff. Not too dominant, but as a nice little nod.

randomperson357
randomperson357

Spin off is needed as doctor who doesn't have one after Sarah Jane adventures and torchwood

Antee991166
Antee991166

Plus Capaldi needs to have his time in the spotlight before bringing anyone else into the mix.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@Deus_Ex_Machina I would be more than happy if Big Finish and BBC decided do adapt McGann's audiobooks as animated episodes in the style of "Dreamland". I would love to SEE the Eighth Doctor on-screen even in animated form and the same is valid for the Sixth Doctor's travels with Evelyn Smythe and the Seventh Doctor's later years. But of course, I suppose I'm just dreaming...

Gustaff
Gustaff

@The Finn That makes Paul's send-off even more amazing as the minisode was great. Not just in the sense that Paul was in it, but the pacing, the plot - they were all well thought-out and didn't feel rushed. In fact, 8 even jokes he has 4 minutes left which is precisely how long the minisode still had left to air. 'Night' is simply fantastic in a much of other ways apart from Paul being in it. We need a whole bag full of minisodes like these.

PhotonFromOz
PhotonFromOz

@TheRoastNewt @Nightmarish 

We can only dream about the 9th Doctor reappearing.  

But it wouldn't surprise me if Paul McGann pops up in at least a cameo role. He's no longer the forgotten Doctor.  

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@TheRoastNewt @Nightmarish  Seriously, Chris is well within his right to turn it down if he doesn't feel it's right for him - there's nothing that states he has to do it. Sure it's a shame he didn't return, even for a few second cameo (something similar to Capaldi's), but it's his decision and there must have been a reason for it, just as there must have been one that made him leave in 2005.

thelonelycenturion
thelonelycenturion

@AlessandroArsuffi @Deus_Ex_Machina  In the same style as "Dreamland"? Really? As far as I recall the animation in that was abysmally poor. However, I do think that animating some more of the Audio Dramas could be a worthwhile venture.



Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

thats why I didnt initialy like the 13 doctors scene because it was so cheap and blatently stock footage. they could have hade the actors dace around the console for a bit or say a few lines

Gustaff
Gustaff

@The Finn @GustaffNo. Pacing and timing is necessary. Maybe filming a couple and releasing them periodically when Doctor Who isn't on to make the wait more bearable. I trust Moffat. He planned and executed this idea excellently and I'm sure he will so in the future