Although 'Doctor Who' has already found its next Doctor, it looks as though Paul McGann would love to return as the Eighth incarnation of everyone's favourite Time Lord.
During the 50th Anniversary of 'Doctor Who', I think we all remember that rather epic mini-episode starring none other than Paul McGann. Depicting the demise of the Eighth Doctor and the rise of John Hurt's War Doctor, it was a brilliant surprise for 'Doctor Who' fans… and gave us another brief glimpse of McGann's rather brilliant Doctor. But would McGann be up for a return to the TARDIS? Do we even have to ask?
I caught up with the Eighth Doctor himself, Paul McGann, at the Cardiff Film and Comic Con… and after his appearance in the 50th Anniversary mini-episode 'The Night of The Doctor', it looks as though he'd be more than happy to give 'Doctor Who' another shot.
"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?"
Of course, McGann's return as the Eighth Doctor came as a huge surprise to everyone… but turned out to be a huge hit, managing over 2.5 million views within just a week of its release. And it seems it was as much of a surprise to Paul McGann as the rest of us.
"It was a quick decision," he explained. "Stephen 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."
Filmed in just one day at the 'Doctor Who' studios in Cardiff, it looks as though Moffat really pulled this one out of the bag. And while it finally gave us the fitting send-off that the Eighth Doctor deserved, it also gave us a glimpse of a young John Hurt as the War Doctor.
"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."
Of course, this epic mini-episode was incredibly well-received. And following those staggering viewing figures, it looks as though 'Doctor Who' fans quickly became enamoured with McGann's Doctor - many pleading with the BBC to bring back Paul McGann. In fact, a petition was organised via Change.org to give the Eighth Doctor his own series… and it managed to get over 18,000 signatures.
But what about the rumoured American spin-off series? Would McGann be interested in taking the title role?
"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."
As a big fan of Peter Capaldi, I have to agree with McGann - Peter deserves a fair run to show us exactly how he handles the Doctor. But I have to admit, I'd love to see Paul McGann back in TARDIS. His own series? I'd love to see that happen. Perhaps even an appearance alongside Capaldi a la 'The Day of The Doctor'. Will it ever happen? We'll have to wait and see… but I really hope it's not the last we see of the Eighth Doctor.
What did you think of 'Night of the Doctor'? Would you like to see Paul McGann back in the TARDIS? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves Doctor Who… and even owns his own scarf. His favourite Doctor was David Tennant and he'd love to see John Barrowman back on the TARDIS. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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