First off I would like to say that if you haven’t yet watched “The Night Of The Doctor” then it is not advisable to read any further.
In 1996 when the end credits rolled on “Doctor Who – The Movie” I was thoroughly looking forward to some more “McGannigans” (it’s what I like to call the Eighth Doctors shenanigans) and at the time I was blissfully unaware that Fox hadn’t picked up on the show and so we wouldn’t get any further episodes featuring McGann. When I found out, I was suitably sad. I thought that Pauls talent was phenomenal and even with a weak script and some massive continuity shakers, he still managed to produce an excellent portrayal of the Doctor.
Fast forward a few years to 2003 and the news broke “Doctor Who to Return”. I along with so many life long fans broke into tears of joy, our favourite show was returning. The question now was “will McGann come back?”
I think we all know the answer to that. At the time it was such a blow to those of us who wanted to see more of the Eighth Doctor on our screens. Sure , at that point we already had a couple of Big Finish audios but no actual screen time. In retrospective I think it was the right move. RTD had to bring in a name that would get some recognition from non-fans at the time and Eccleston was the perfect choice.
I think we all thought at that point that we wouldn’t get to see the Eighth Doctor on screen in a new adventure again. Fast forward 8 years and that feeling remained and if anything it had grown stronger, with the constant denials from Paul himself, we all thought that our only adventures with number Eight would be through Big Finish.
How wrong were we? Today we got the Night of the Doctor starring none other than Paul McGann. I literally jumped through the air and couldn’t stop smiling. The Eight Doctor was back and above all, we got some closure. We finally got our regeneration scene.
In a way I’m still to excited to be typing this and it probably won’t make a lot of sense. The Sisterhood of Karn was enough to excite me when I saw the photo yesterday (not seen since the 70’s and Brain of Morbius) but having McGann back was just too great for words.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations have officially kicked off!
- Doctor Who fans taken by surprise as familiar face returns in mini-episode The Night Of The Doctor (metro.co.uk)