The Eighth Doctor will be Back
The Sun continues to spill Doctor Who secrets and today they report that Paul McGann is headed back to the franchise to reprise his role as the eighth Doctor. He will be seen in one of the four Specials to be shot this fall for 2009 airing. His Doctor will appear in flashbacks that will finally show people aspects of the Time War. The long locks he sported in the 1996 feature film will be a gone.
The tabloid’s usual unnamed source told them, “Fans loved Paul’s Doctor and feel he was never given the proper chance to shine. Reference is often made to the Time War which wiped out the Time Lords and this will give them a taste of that.” David Tenant, the current Doctor, will of course also be in the episode.
McGann agreed to play the Doctor ina telefilm as the BBC, Universal Studios and the Fox network attempted to reboot the franchise and hoped the film’s success would lead to a new series. The telefilm aired in the states on May 14, 1996 to an audience not yet familiar with the Doctor and the abysmal ratings derailed series plans. It did phenomenally well in the UK where The Doctor was still very popular.
McGann, did though, play the Doctor in a series of audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. He also allowed his likeness to be used for covers of original novels featuring his incarnation’s further exploits.