8th Doctor won't 'know until the 11th hour' if he's in Who's 50th

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Apr 16, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT (Updated)

Just last week, our hopes of seeing Doctors number Six, Seven and Eight on the eagerly anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary special were dashed by the actors portraying them. But all hope is not lost, according to Eighth Doctor Paul McGann.

As early as last week, Sylvester McCoy (Doctor numero Seven) had claimed that the producers at the BBC were not interested in bringing back former Doctors from the classic era. (Meaning every Time Lord that came before the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston in 2005.)

However, all hope may not be lost, according to the Eighth Doctor himself, Paul McGann. McGann recorded another video interview in which he discusses the 50th-anniversary special and the possibilities of him being involved in the big celebrations planned by showrunner Steven Moffat and the BBC.

He said:

“We’re not going to know until the 11th hour. Half past 11… I can’t count the times as an actor, when you’re offered something and you start next week!”

However, McGann seemed to be unaware of the, um, drama surrounding Eccleston’s position in the scheme of the 50th-anniversary special.

“I think Chris Eccleston is probably a big factor in it. I don’t want to speak for him… he’s probably reluctant to get involved in anything that’s ongoing, so that’s something that they have to somehow get over and deal with. I’m guessing they’ve got time to do it. It’s not quite the anniversary yet. The anniversary doesn’t start until November.
“Whatever it is that they’re planning and they are making, they’ve got time to do it. It’s my feeling [and] this is just a personal thing, once they resolve Chris Eccleston’s participation or non-participation either way, then they’re free to [figure it out]… Being actors anyway, they’ll call us on the Friday and say, ‘You’re starting on a Monday’.”

Here’s the video interview:

Of all the former Doctors, and besides David Tennant's Ten, who’s already in it (and Eccleston, who most probably won’t be in it), we guess the other Doctor people really would most like to see is Paul McGann’s Eighth incarnation of the beloved Mad Man in the Big Blue Box.

So what do you guys think? Is there still some hope left for other former Doctors to make it in some way into the eagerly awaited Doctor Who 50th-anniversary celebrations, or is it too late?

(via Doctor Who TV)