Paul McGann admits he was 'gutted' to be passed over for Who’s 50th

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Oct 24, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT (Updated)

Actor Paul McGann, who played the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who movie, has revealed that he was "gutted" not to be asked to return for Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special episode.

In a video interview with Flicks And TheCity, McGann (who reminisces about his days as the Doctor—a crown he wore for only six weeks) addressed all those rumors that claimed he would appear in the big celebratory special “The Day of the Doctor,” squashing rumors he’d be in it. (As well as in the upcoming Doctor Who Xmas episode. Boo.)

“I was a bit dismayed,” said McGann. “A bit gutted, but [the older Doctors] are not in it.
“There’s all kinds of rumours… doing the rounds. One gets tired of trying to refute things on Twitter and the like, but take it from me – I’m not in it.
“The thing about Doctor Who is… if not now, then maybe some other time. That’s the beauty of it – we can always come back.”

Maybe for Doctor Who’s 100th, then? IF Steven Moffat has his way, and McGann (who doesn’t look like he’s 54 years old at all) is still, um, alive and kicking and still as youthful-looking as he is now? (Must be all that traveling in the Time Vortex. We need to get our own TARDIS.)

Do you think Paul McGann is skillfully spinning an elaborate yarn here and will be in the big 5-0 special? Or do you believe that he will NOT be in “The Day of the Doctor”? (The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks.) Would you be gutted, too, if he did not appear in Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special?

"The Day of the Doctor" will air on Nov. 23.

(Flicks And The City via SciFiNow)