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Paul McGann Says Returning To Doctor Who Was A Real Privilege

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12/05/2013 4:13 pm
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Paul McGann Says Returning To Doctor Who Was A Real Privilege
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Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer

The Time War was a time that most fans did not get to see in great detail. We certainly did not see the Doctor making the greatest decision of his lives—until the 50th anniversary episode, that is. In “The Night of the Doctor,” one of the prequels to that fated episode, Paul McGann reprises his role as the Eighth Doctor.  In a recent interview, McGann says that returning to the iconic role was a “real privilege.” Like most Doctor Who fans, McGann felt that the gap between his Eighth Doctor and Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor needed to be “addressed” by the BBC. Thus the Time Lord found himself crash landing and coming face to face with the Sisters of Karn, once again. McGann thinks back on his short time in Doctor Who’s 1996 film, and says that his Doctor’s death—his regeneration into the War Doctor—was “the big thing” that fans needed. It provided the connection between past and present, and solidified a piece of the Doctor’s timeline that had only been hinted at until this point. "Finally after years, the eighth Doctor's got the regeneration," he says. "It was something that was really seriously missing and it's been a real privilege to come and finally bridge the gap.” If you didn’t get a chance to see “The Night of the Doctor,” you can watch it on YouTube. Doctor Who returns to the BBC in “The Time of the Doctor.” It will air in the UK on Christmas Day at 7.30pm. Check local listings for appropriate showtimes.


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