Would it surprise you that Paul McGann wouldn't say no to having another shot at being the main man in the TARDIS? He explains why.
In an interview with Yahoo!TV while McGann was attending the Cardiff Film and Comic Con, the actor, who portrayed the rather romantic and floppy-haired Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie and -- more recently -- in the 50th-anniversary special mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor,” has admitted that he’d more than happy to have another crack at the famous Time Lord if he had the chance.
"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?"
What was great ... OK, awesome, about “The Night of the Doctor” was that it was totally unexpected and struck a chord with fans who had been clamoring for the Eighth Doctor’s long-awaited return to Doctor Who. Depicting the final moments of the eighth incarnation of the beloved Time Lord before his regeneration into John Hurt's War Doctor was brilliant and a stroke of genius from Moffat. The mini-episode was a massive hit, garnering more than 2.5 million views in the first week of its release. Which was a pleasant surprise for Paul McGann in more ways than one.
"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."
Impressively, “The Night of the Doctor” was filmed in only one day, as Paul McGann explains.
"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."
The fans liked McGann’s Doctor so much that they pleaded with the BBC to bring him back, and a petition was even organized via Change.org in order to request that the Eighth Doctor get his own series, managing to acquire close to 18,000 signatures.
With rumors apparently swirling about an American TV spinoff (take that one with a bucket of salt), what does McGann think about 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."
Still, we wouldn't mind getting some Eighth Doctor mini-episodes once in a while. How about you?