Paul McGann Says He Could Still Be Part Of Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

Who's in?, who's out? It seems to be all we're discussing at the moment with almost daily updates on who may be, who is and who isn't returning to Doctor Who for the 50th Anniversary Special.

We know the definites, current Doctor Matt Smith and companion Jenna-Louise Coleman will be there naturally and then the news we'd been waiting for came when the BBC revealed that David Tennant and Billie Piper would be back...

Then came the no shows, with Christopher Eccleston ruling himself out a return. Freema Agyeman and John Barrowman have already said they won't be back and Peter Davison said he though his return to the TARDIS would be unlikely.

Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann also seemed to be resigned to the fact that they wouldn't be asked to appear when they appeared on Australian TV earlier this week.

However since then Paul McGann seems rather more philosophical about whether or not he may be asked and told ZBTV that Steven Moffat may still be making a call to him...

"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'."

He added: "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!" 

You can see Paul talking about the Doctor Who anniversary below:


  1. sounds like a possible plan to show the 8th to 9th Doctor regeneration.

  2. I can just imagine the silent pity 10 and 11 would share when in the presence of their pre-Time War 8th regeneration.

  3. It would be awesome to see Paul McGann play the role of the Doctor once again. Big Finish has done a tremendous job with his character and it would be a blast to see just a glimpse of that.

  4. Sadly, this will never happen. We would have heard of any participation of the other Doctors by now.


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