Paul McGann: I don’t ever expect to be involved in Doctor Who again

The actor talks about his surprise appearance in The Night Of The Doctor and also reveals his reluctance for an eighth Doctor spin-off...


Ever since making his sensational return in the 50th anniversary minisode The Night Of The Doctor, fans have been desperate for more from Paul McGann’s eighth incarnation of the Time Lord. The man himself, however, is not that optimistic that he’ll ever be asked to appear again. 


Last November, the seven minute minisode saw McGann reprise his role as the Doctor 18 years after his 1996 TV movie. Set during the Time War, it resolved the mystery that had been plaguing pedantic fans ever since Doctor Who returned in 2005: what caused the eighth Doctor to regenerate?

But now they have a new question: Would McGann ever be up for doing it again?

“Of course I’d be super enthusiastic if I got a similar offer,” he tells Doctor Who Magazine. “I’d be crazy not to be. I really loved doing it. But that was the first phone call – or any kind of contact – that I’d had since ’96 from anyone associated with Doctor Who. You have to see it from my perspective. I don’t expect the phone to ring. Why should I?”

So, that’s a yes and a no; but whatever the outcome, don’t expect him to return for a spin-off.  He added:

“You know what? I don’t expect to ever to be involved again. But I expect I’ll be surprised one day by something. That’s what Doctor Who’s about. I expect to be surprised. You can never say never with this thing. But it would have to be of the same heart and magnitude, and proper, and true. I wouldn’t want to run away with the rights and make my own spin-off. You’re either in the Doctor Who family… or you aren’t.”


For more from Paul McGann on his Doctor Who past, present and future, issue 472 of Doctor Who Magazine is in shops now.