Doctor Who: Steven Moffat on Paul McGann return chances

Still holding your breath for more Paul McGann live-action Doctor Who? Steven Moffat has addressed the idea...

Back in June, Paul McGann stated that “It feels like it ain’t quite over”, with the ‘it’ in question being his days of running around with a sonic screwdriver in live-action Doctor Who adventures. We’ve now got a bit of an update on that.

Who fan Steve Dunn has written into Doctor Who Magazine (which CultBox spotted and reported online), asking showrunner Steven Moffat to “Please do [a multi-Doctor story with] the Eighth Doctor with the Twelfth Doctor.” 

Moffat’s response was to neither confirm nor deny that he’d be up for it, merely stating that it’s a tough task:

“A multi-Doctor story is best contemplated from the position of not having to write one. The one time I’ve done it, I found it rancidly difficult and awful.”

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Moffat added, “what I kept saying to people at the time was this: ‘There’s a reason there’s usually only one Doctor in Doctor Who.'”

Call me an optimist, but that doesn’t sound quite like he’s ruling it out, does it? We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

Here’s our previous story, from June 2016…

It’s that time of year again when someone asks Paul McGann – star of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie and the much-adored 2013 short The Night Of The Doctor – if he thinks he’ll ever play the Eighth Doctor in the live-action realm again. This time, the honour of asking fell to Doctor Who Magazine.

“We’ve all got a shelf life”, McGann admitted, before adding “It’s not going to go on forever. I’m in the slightly unusual position, even from McCoy and Colin Baker in that, with the Eighth [Doctor], it feels like there’s still a bit of potential. It feels like it ain’t quite over… Often we’re subject to rumours, and rumours are only ever rumours. But because I came back to do the Doctor, it was all the proof these fans needed that there’s still life in this thing.”

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“I’m not that different. It’s only 20 years since we made the pilot”, he added. “And I’m younger than Capaldi, not by much, but I am. What am I doing?! I’m not trying to talk myself into a job!”

Upon being asked asked about the fan petitions for an Eighth Doctor spin-off series, McGann said this: “I don’t think I’ve ever said this, but I’ll say it now… part of me wouldn’t mind at all.”

“The material would have to work, like The Night Of The Doctor worked. That was clever and in-keeping. It would be pointless to come back and do something just for the sake of doing it. First and foremost, it would have to be a good acting job, to merit it. It’ll probably never happen, of course! It’s always probably never going to happen! But certainly if it did, I would…”

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