Paul McGann to return to Doctor Who?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 March 2012
Paul McGann

Paul McGann

Paul McGann wants to return to 'Doctor Who' for the show's upcoming 50th anniversary in 2013

Paul McGann wants to return to 'Doctor Who' for the show's upcoming 50th anniversary.

The 'Luther' actor - who played the eighth incarnation of the Time Lord in a one-off TV movie in 1996 - has admitted he would "love" to reprise his role when the BBC One sci-fi series celebrates half a century on screen next year.

He told Digital Spy: "I'm still in the 'Doctor Who' loop, believe me! I was over in California a few weeks ago, talking to fans. Although I was in 'Doctor Who' for six weeks, sixteen years ago, it never goes away - it only ever seems to get stronger.

"I'd love to do that again, but that's not up to me, is it? Being 'Doctor Who', there's always anniversaries looming large - celebration programmes and episodes. So I'm often asked, 'If they get the five Doctors together, would you do it?' and of course, I'd do it. They've just got to ring me up!"

The movie - a co-production between Universal Television, BBC Television, BBC Worldwide and the FOX network - came seven years after the original TV series had been cancelled and was intended to be a backdoor pilot leading to an American produced new TV series starring Paul.

However, it was not well received on US television and the series was never commissioned. The show eventually returned in 2005 on the BBC with Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor but his regeneration from Paul's incarnation was never shown on screen, the only time this has happened.

Former producer Russell T. Davies explained the character's long absence by inventing the Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks and many fans have called for the 50th anniversary year to bring the battle to life with Paul as the Doctor in some special adventures.

Current show boss Steven Moffat has admitted November 2013 will be a "remarkable time" for 'Doctor Who'.

He previously said: "I will absolutely guarantee that you're not going to feel disappointed or short-changed. It will be a quite remarkable time for 'Doctor Who'."

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