Is there a doctor in the house? At the NTAs there were plenty – and Call the Midwife’s Stephen McGann (who stars as Doctor Turner and also happens to be the Eighth Doctor’s brother) managed to find the perfect shot of him with the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Doctor Who’s former showrunner Steven Moffat.
But despite his glee, the actor found himself too nervous to introduce himself to Paul McGann’s successor.
Greatly enjoying the doctor vibe in this audience shot from tonight's NTAs. pictured: 13th Doctor; 8th Doctor's brother – a TV doctor; Background, wearing death-ray hat, former Doctor Who producer. #NTAspic.twitter.com/hNtOdBNXYw
“How great a picture was that?” he told RadioTimes.com. “You’re not supposed to talk about just how cool it is to be the Eighth Doctor’s brother as well, and the fact is, when you looked at – hang on a minute, that’s the Thirteenth! But my favourite bit is still Moffat with this glorious light shining behind him, and I couldn’t resist it.
“What’s always wonderful about Doctor Who is, it went right around the world, far more than my normal witterings do, you know, and it went right around, and you get reminded every now and again that the worldwide love for that show is just so universal.
“And just, there’s a little bit of a thrill having her in the front, and him behind. Still after all these years you just go…”
And then he pulled this face.
So did he calm himself down and introduce himself to Jodie Whittaker as “the Doctor’s brother”? Absolutely not.
“I’m way too nervous. WAY too nervous,” he explained.