Paul McGann will bring his doctoring skills to Holby City

Former Doctor Who star Paul McGann will play "a surgical star" in BBC medical drama Holby City...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Paul McGann is best known among geeks as the eighth man to play the lead role in Doctor Who, but now he’s set to attempt a different sort of doctoring: he’s nabbed a role as a surgeon in the BBC’s medical mainstay Holby City. 

Mr McGann will play Professor John Gaskell, who’s described in CultBox‘s report as “a surgical star with irrepressible charm” who will act as “the saviour of the hour when Holby struggles under a crisis, armed with a programme of surgical innovations – taking the hospital into an exciting but unknown future.” 

The prospect of McGann sharing scenes with long-time Holby star Guy Henry is particularly exciting for sci-fi fans. The Doctor and Grand Moff Tarkin (well, his pre-CGI on-set form in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) exchanging dialogue? That we’d like to see.

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McGann said this a statement:

“I’m really excited to be joining Holby. Professor John Gaskell is certainly going to be an interesting character and I can’t wait to get started on the wards.”

And the BBC’s Oliver Kent added this: 

“I am utterly thrilled that the brilliant Paul McGann has agreed to join the cast of Holby City as Professor John Gaskell. I’ve admired Paul’s work for many years on stage, screen and radio and it’s a dream come true that he is joining our company. In his hands, John Gaskell will be a mercurial force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see him locking horns with Jac, Hanssen, Griffin and the other Holby titans.”

McGann will start filming in August and debut on the show in December. I just hope he says ‘physician, heal thyself’ at some point, perhaps after a withering put-down of some sort.

More as we hear it.