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Discussion in 'DW: The 20th Century' started by Doctor Omega, Feb 20, 2017.
So little screen time...
Did he make a big enough mark as the Doctor?
Or was we robbed?
Great in Alien 3 too. Poor crazy Gollic!
Paul McGann was pretty much the only thing worth watching in the Movie. And his unexpected appearance in Night of the Doctor was completely awesome. I'd happily watch a complete series with him in it.
He was absolutely robbed. I remember at the time being quite upset that McCoy was being replaced, because I had a connection with his Doctor (and, of course, with Ace). But McGann was brilliant right from the get go. I wish we could have seen much more of him in the role.
Also the set design. I loved the cyberpunk TARDIS console room.
He would have happily stayed on longer than Eccleston did if he had got the gig in 2005, I am sure.
Big YES to that. And more than one... though I'd never, ever regret the Eccleston we got, he was reputedly so unhappy it's fantastic he was able to give it so much. I'm late to learning there's so much McGann Doctor to catch up on elsewhere, but what I remember of his film was HIM - certainly not the plot, so as far as I'm concerned he was 100% The Doctor, at that time, in that place...
Your thoughts and views on this story, and one final bow, from Paul McGann's Doctor......
It was a delight seeing McGann on screen in the role again! I only wish it had been more than a mini-episode. He brings a real presence to the role, and is at once charming, then pained when he's trying to convince the woman to come into the TARDIS with him. And his attitude about having only minutes to decide which path to take in order to continue his life is so brilliantly performed. I really need to get his audio plays, because he could have had one hell of a run as The Doctor.
I managed to catch this spoiler free so my excitement when the camera turned to Paul McGann saying "not the one you're expecting" was huge. Stephen Moffat showed how well he can write. A seven minute episode that was self contained and a true tribute to the 8th Doctor. It also demonstrated how well Paul McGann could have done with an ongoing series.
I think that we are lucky that the 1996 movie did not stray too far out of continuity that we could not include McGann as a legitimate Doctor. The half human thing is the only "ouch!" point that lingers, I guess.
As I've said before, I don't care if it's canon or not, I like the line the Eighth Doctor has in the graphic novel The Forgotten, where he tells someone that he lied about being half human, just to fool the Master.
Yeah, but we've all had days of feeling like that, why not him?
The half-Human thing was the best thing about that serial. And how is it straying out of continuity anymore than the second Doctor being able to play the flute, or the third Doctor suddenly knowing Venusian Aikido? It's such a logical answer to so many little curiosities that went before and it explains so much about the rest of the TV series.
Besides, what difference does it make? The Doctor is still exactly the same as he's always been. He still does the same things as he's always done. The only change is that we just happen to know one more thing about him.
In any case, when the BBC sold the rights to make DOCTOR WHO, they also sold the rights to add to and shape DOCTOR WHO's continuity.