Paul McGann open to Doctor Who return

Doctor WhoPaul McGann has said he would be open to returning to Doctor Who for its 50th anniversary next year.

The actor played the 8th Doctor in the 1996 television movie which was intended to be followed by a full length series. However, while the television movie rated well in the UK with over 9 million viewers it didn’t meet expectations – due to poor scheduling – on Fox in America and so no further episodes were ordered. To date the 1996 TV movie is Paul McGann’s only television outing as the Doctor though he has continued to play the role in Big Finish series of audio plays.

In a recent interview with Digital Spy the actor revealed he would be more than willing to return to Doctor Who for its 50th anniversary next year. McGann told the entertainment website ‘Being Doctor Who, there’s always anniversaries looming large—celebration programmes and episodes. I’m often asked, if they get the five Doctors together, would you do it?’ and of course, I’d do it. They’ve just got to ring me up!’

McGann is not the only previous Doctor who has expressed a willingness to return to the roles; David Tennant and Sylvester McCoy have both stated they’d be willing to return and while Peter Davison doubts he’ll be asked – though he has only reprised the role once in recent years – he hasn’t ruled out returning if he were to be asked. So far the only actor to rule themselves out completely is 9th Doctor actor Christopher Eccleston who has stated several times he has no desire to return to Doctor Who.

Fans are hopeful that the 50th anniversary will be marked by a ‘multi-doctor’ story which has become something of a tradition for the sci-fi series and its anniversaries. The 10th and 20th anniversaries were both marked with ‘multi-doctor’ anniversaries though sadly the 25th anniversary, the last land-mark anniversary while the original series was still on aired, was not so well celebrated.