Doctor Who at 50: the BFI confirms Paul McGann screening guests

US star Daphne Ashbrook will join Paul McGann on stage in October


“I’ll be at the British Film Institute on October 5th!” tweeted Daphne Ashbrook yesterday. The American actress, who starred as the lovely one-off companion Dr Grace Holloway in Doctor Who (The Movie) in 1996, will indeed be flying in from the US to join eighth Doctor Paul McGann on stage in London next month.


“I’m getting very excited!” she continued on her website, “I can’t wait to see Paul McGann, Gary Russell, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Andrew Cartmel. And Geoffrey Sax, whom I haven’t seen since we shot the movie in 1996!”

The BFI’s Justin Johnson has confirmed for that the format for the day will be, for starters: “a panel about the in-between years [when Doctor Who was off the air] with Gary Russell, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nick Briggs and Andrew Cartmel.”

Cartmel was Doctor Who’s script editor in the late 80s, while the others are, of course, well-known fans with multiple roles on Doctor Who and its offshoots, including a long association with Big Finish, the company that produces audio dramas.

The 90-minute TV Movie will be screened, “and then after the film it’ll be Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook and director Geoffrey Sax”. Justin adds: “Marcus Hearn is signing copies of his book, Doctor Who – The Vault afterwards (three weeks before it is officially published).”

The event kicks off at 10am on Saturday 5 October. 


Read Mark Braxton’s review of Doctor Who (The Movie)