Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Paul McGann says he was “a bit gutted” not to be involved in The Day of the Doctor!

by Anna Howell


When reports claiming that this year’s epic Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, was set to feature all eleven previous actors who have played the Time Lord over the past 50 years, first broke the entire world was alight with excitement.

However, it soon emerged that, rather than all 11, only David Tennant would be joining current Time Lord Matt Smith, as well as John Hurt playing a guest role as a version of the Doctor never seen before, thought by many to 8.5.

And, whilst we all can’t wait to see the last two Doctors working together alongside Hurt, we have to admit we were a tad disappointed that they would be the only ones – and it seems we were alone!

Paul McGann, who played the eighth Doctor for only one TV film in 1996, has revealed that he was “a bit gutted” that he wasn’t invited along to play too!
Discussing the situation, and confirming once and for all that, despite several online rumours, he will not be featured in the 50th anniversary episode to be screened next month, McGann told Flicks and the City:

“I was a bit dismayed. A bit gutted [not to be asked], but [the older Doctors] are not in it.

“There’s all kinds of rumours… doing the rounds. One gets tired of trying to refute things on Twitter and the like, but take it from me – I’m not in it.

“The thing about Doctor Who is… if not now, then maybe some other time. That’s the beauty of it – we can always come back.”

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McGann, whose other previous credits include ,The Monocled Mutineer in which he played the lead role as well as his role in Withnail and I, went on to praise the casting of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor to take over from Matt Smith when he bows at Christmas, explaining:

“Peter Capaldi’s going to take over – a proper fan, a brilliant actor [and] a lovely man,

“I think he’ll bring the old-fashioned, scary gravitas that my favourite William Hartnell had. He’ll bring a fierce intelligence.”

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The Day of the Doctor is due to hit our BBC1 screens as well as over 200 cinemas across the country on November 23rd – Watch the official trailer for it in the clip below: