It's now time in our countdown to talk about possibly one of the most attractive Doctors in the show's entire history. Yes, that's right, Paul McGann. Apart from the casual New Who episodes, I was never that obsessed with the television sci-fi adventure until the luscious-locked, blue-eyed Liverpudlian came bounding into my life. By far my favourite Doctor, Eight is an interesting, albeit short-lived character played by fan-pleasing actor Paul McGann.
And for those who don't know, he is a massive fan of I'm With Geek too.
In the straight to television Doctor Who movie, we saw the Doctor come smashing in from Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh. For those out of the loop, (don’t worry, I am just into it myself), the film was a market to relaunch the Doctor Who series which unfortunately wouldn’t be regenerated until years later. The film starring McGann goes a little something like this: The Master has been exterminated and has asked that the Doctor, who in his Seventh incarnation, carry his ashes. When violent shaking inside his ashes occurs, sentient ooze trickles out of it and enters the TARDIS’ controls. The Doctor crashes to Earth and is shot by San Francisco gangs. He regenerates into the Eighth Doctor with no recollection of who he is. All he knows is that the Master is coming back and there is something special about hospital worker Grace.
Set in 1999, this film about the Doctor is often used as the gap between the older series (seven years before) and the latest incarnations (nine years later). In New Who, there has been much more of a relationship between the Doctor and his companions, even choosing tp fall in love with some of them. This new sexiness and modernisation is often credited with leather-wearing Christopher Eccleston, who took the role and revitalised it. Actually, the first Doctor to get really close with his female friends is the dreamy McGann, who copped off with Grace in the show, hinting at more intimacy and humanity between the Doctor and those who travel with him (or not, in the case of Grace).
It is a shame that for a while, McGann only appeared in this television movie and wasn’t used again due to ratings not being fantastic. This marked the end of the whole television show for the good part of a decade, but the Eighth Doctor didn’t die. He actually lived on in novel form. A multitude of novels gave a greater and better depth to number Eight. In book form, he had countless amount of travels with companions including Sam. They kicked off explaining that the Doctor suffered amnesia again and he had to visit his past selves to regain his memories. Spanning from 1996 to 2005, the books sparked some great enthusiastic fans and kept the memory of Eight alive. Added to this were Big Finish Audio Adventures, which included famous voices and lead to something stellar happening.
The surprising return of McGann was also a sigh of relief. Not only did McGann act exceedingly well (one line covered me in chills), he also blew some light into the mysterious 50th Anniversary episode before it ever aired. He also starred in The Five(ish) Doctors, which is a genius online treat for most people.
Though I am not as avid or well versed as some, I can still protest that McGann and Eight, after their appearance vignette, are just aching for a spin-off series, perhaps some adaptations of his novel adventures or his own storyline. Either way, it was great to see Eight again.
This article is updated from a previous one.
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