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Paul McGann

Paul McGann
Paul McGann Snapshot
Birth date: 14 November 1959
In the DWU
Main roles: Eighth Doctor
Main jobs: Actor
Main time period active: 1996 (TV), 2001-present (audio)
Career highlights
Notable non-DWU work:
Luther
Withnail and I
Tripping Over
Collision
Our Mutual Friend
The Hanging Gale
The Monocled Mutineer
Give Us a Break
Play for Today
IMDb profile
Twitter page
Interview
Paul McGann's Doctor Who audition tape teaser - Doctor Who02:49

Paul McGann's Doctor Who audition tape teaser - Doctor Who

Another interview
Doctor Who Interview - Paul McGann on Peter Capaldi & 50th Anniversary08:40

Doctor Who Interview - Paul McGann on Peter Capaldi & 50th Anniversary

One more interview
Doctor Who Night of the Doctor - Paul McGann Interview & 50th Anniversary Prequel08:24

Doctor Who Night of the Doctor - Paul McGann Interview & 50th Anniversary Prequel

RealWorld

Paul McGann (born 14 November 1959) played the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie and also voices the role in audio plays for BBC Radio and Big Finish Productions.

He was born in Surrey, although his family moved to Liverpool when he was a young child. His brothers Mark, Joe, and Stephen are also actors; the four of them starred together (as four brothers) in the 1995 television miniseries The Hanging Gale. They also formed the pop quartet "The McGanns", releasing the single "Shame About The Boy".

Career edit

McGann made his name on the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer, in which he played the lead role of Percy Toplis. Following that part, he was cast as the eponymous "I" in Bruce Robinson's cult film comedy, Withnail and I (1987). He also starred as Anton Skrebensky in Ken Russell's 1989 adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow.

Doctor Who edit

Paul McGann reportedly found out about the Doctor Who TV movie during production of the 1993 film The Three Musketeers. Tim Curry was offered the role of the Eighth Doctor and he was interested in playing the role, because he's always interested in a role that isn't a villain, but he didn't know how to play the character. One day during filming, Curry approached McGann on how he would play The Eighth Doctor if he were cast. Curry turned down the role of The Eighth Doctor because of scheduling conflicts with several movies and McGann would be cast as the Eighth Doctor. (However, given that the 1996 TV movie wasn't cast or even organised until 1995, it's possible the production discussed by Curry and McGann in 1992 when The Three Musketeers was being filmed was a different film.)[source needed]

During production of the TV movie, McGann participated in the documentary Bidding Adieu: A Video Diary, Sylvester McCoy's personal documentary of his then-final outing as the Seventh Doctor.

Post-Who work edit

Since Doctor Who McGann's career has concentrated on television work including the Hornblower series. His voice was featured in the 1997 video game Ceremony of Innocence, together with those of Isabella Rossellini and Ben Kingsley. He co-starred in Withnail with actor Richard E Grant.

In 2013 McGann appeared as himself in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, alongside fellow classic Doctor actors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy.

Reprising the Doctor edit

McGann had given permission for his likeness to be used in BBC Books' Eighth Doctor Adventures novel range and the weekly Doctor Who Magazine comic strip continuing his character's adventures without him having any actual involvement. As a result, in the many years before television Who returned to production, the Eighth Doctor remained the "current" Doctor in all the new Doctor Who spinoff media with the character's mannerisms extrapolated from his brief performance.

In 1997, McGann made his first foray into Doctor Who audio when he recorded several audiobooks for BBC Audio, beginning with an audio adaptation of The Novel of the Film and continuing with a collection of short stories, Earth and Beyond. In 2000, he joined the roster of Big Finish Productions, reprising the role of the Eighth Doctor for the range of Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories, and was treated as the "current" Doctor by the majority of fandom and the BBC until Christopher Eccleston assumed the role in 2005. He also made his webcast debut with the animated Shada. McGann continues to play the Eighth Doctor in Big Finish's main Doctor Who range as well as The New Eighth Doctor Adventures, a second series of audios produced by Big Finish for broadcast on BBC7 Radio.

McGann participated in a commentary and other material for the DVD re-release of his own TV Movie. He has narrated material on other classic Who DVD releases as well, for example the Five Doctors DVD featurette "The Ties That Bind Us."

Paul McGann finally returned to the screen as the Eighth Doctor in 2013, when he reprised the role in The Night of the Doctor. Though it was only a brief outing, the mini-episode allowed him a chance to at last depict his regeneration story. Following this, he bragged that Colin Baker was now the only previous Doctor to have never filmed his regeneration sequence, due to his forced dismissal from the role. During his regeneration story, McGann also briefly portrayed the newly regenerated War Doctor, making him one of two actors to have technically portrayed two different incarnations of the Doctor (the other being his predecessor Sylvester McCoy, who similarly briefly played the Sixth Doctor during his regeneration sequence).

Works on Doctor Who edit

Television stories edit

Webcasts edit

Audio edit

Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories edit

Webcast audio edit

The New Eighth Doctor Adventures edit

Dark Eyes edit

BBC Audio releases edit

External links edit