Doctor Who stars Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann to address Cambridge University Union

The Seventh and Eighth Doctors will open and close a series of talks by an eclectic range of speakers

Former Doctor Who stars are to open and close this year’s season of celebrity speakers at the Cambridge Union, the university’s historic debating society.


Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy will kick off the series of talks on 7pm on 4 May while his successor, Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, will bring the series to a close at 3pm on 19 June.

The details of the talks are yet to be confirmed but the usual format is a speech or an interview between the speaker and a Union officer, followed by a Q&A, and it seems likely both sessions will focus on the stars’ time on Doctor Who.

McCoy played the Time Lord for two years until 1989 when the series was cancelled and was seen most recently as the wizard Radagast the Brown in The Hobbit films.

McGann starred as the Doctor in a one-off TV movie in 1996 but reprised his role in a mini episode for the show’s 50th anniversary last November and has made no secret of his affection for the part.

He is also sure to field questions on student favourite Withnail & I, the classic 1987 British movie in which he and Richard E Grant star as a pair of drink- and drug-addled “resting” actors at the end of the Sixties.

In between McCoy and McGann’s talks, an eclectic selection of well-known names from all walks of life will address the Union. Among them are former Apprentice star and outspoken media commentator Katie Hopkins, Baywatch legend David Hasselhoff, designer Cath Kidston and One Day author David Nicholls – who also penned Starter for Ten, a romantic comedy about a University Challenge team. The Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors to the United Kingdom will also appear.

Former noteable speakers at the Union have included the Dalai Lama, Ronald Reagan and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.