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The Night of the Doctor: Reaction

In the aftermath of last week’s minisode Paul McGann has revealed the secrecy involved in the shoot, said he’d be prepared to return to the role on-screen and urged fans to donate their hair for his wigs!

Whilst keeping schtum was not a problem (‘I’m the most secretive person…’) Paul says he was a touch disappointed at the way news apparently started to leak out last week, necessitating the release of the prologue to be brought forward.

He was more than happy, however, that the Big Finish adventures of his incarnation have been endorsed with his audio companions referenced as the Eighth Doctor said his goodbyes. Two and a quarter million views on YouTube alone tend to agree with this.

Elsewhere in an often amusing interview, Paul jokingly describes Colin Baker (sitting alongside him at a signing event) as ‘bitter’ at now being the only surviving Doctor not to have filmed a regeneration scene, and said fans could donate their hair to make his Doctor’slong locks!

Finally, if you’re feeling a twinge of disappointment that The Night of the Doctor means we can’t see Paul’s Doctor again, join those who have signed a petition urging Moffat to bring him back!

What do you think? A fitting end for the McGann Doctor? Or are you itching to see more?



Jonathan has followed the Doctor's adventures since the late Pertwee era, and he isn't about to stop now. A charity worker from Hull, he enjoys following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and collecting all manner of Doctor Who ephemera. He blogs about Doctor Who merchandise at

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