Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited

The Eighth Doctor

Series 1 - Episode 8 The Eighth Doctor



These days the Doctor locks lips with his companion at the drop of a hat, but relive the shocking moment in 1996 when he did it for the first time. That was when Paul McGann – for one night only – essayed a Byronesque Time Lord in a bid to revive the show. Though it failed, the fast pace, high production values and proactive companion foreshadowed the rebooted Doctor Who by nine years.

McGann was vibrant in the role, so it’s a shame he wasn’t available to take part in this look back; happily Daphne Ashbrook (Grace) and Yee Jee Tso (Chang Lee) are on hand to add cheerful input.


A look at Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, who appeared only once on television in a 1996 TV movie but would later be reprised for a radio series.