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Paul McGann Tweets Photo as Eighth Doctor in Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS

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ImageThe Eighth actor to play the Doctor in the iconic British television programme Doctor Who, Paul McGann, has tweeted a photograph of the Eighth Doctor in an unexpected location. Presumably taken during the filming of the minisode The Night of the Doctor in April 2013, the shot shows the Time Lord in what appears to be the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS console. McGann captioned the photo with “This is my moment …!”  Could this hint to more Eighth Doctor minisodes? Only time will tell.

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©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

Identifying the Cast of “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot”

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“Bring Me Knitting” – Analysis and Reactions to “The Night of the Doctor”

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You could hear the squees of delight reverberating down the old copper cables to your ADSL internet connection when one of the best kept secrets of Doctor Who leapt onto our screens.  Yes, the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, had returned. Released earlier than anticipated, The Night of the Doctor sent the internet into a spin and Doctor Who trending on Twitter in the UK. Newspapers around the world reported on the significance of this mere 6 minute and 49 second adventure.

Fans had previously been advised that only one Doctor would appear in the mini episode prequel to the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. The Radio Times ran an article suggesting that single Doctor could be one of only the Tenth, Eleventh or then un-named John Hurt Doctor. Whoever would have thought it would be the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann ? Not only did we get the long wished for regeneration of Eighth Doctor but also the return of the Sisterhood of Karn, last seen in the Fourth Doctor Adventure, The Brain of Morbius.

The Sisterhood of Korn's Ohila

The Sisterhood of Karn’s Ohila

BBC America has published a very comprehensive article entitled ‘Doctor Who’: Making Sense of ‘The Night of the Doctor’ which neatly and precisely summarizes the continuity issues.  It makes excellent reading for those with little knowledge of Classic Series Who. Other insightful posts on The Night of the Doctor include:

Doctor Who TV – A Few Thoughts on the Night of the Doctor

Radio Times – Doctor Who: Steven Moffat clears up confusion around the number of John Hurt’s Doctor

WhatCulture! – Doctor Who: 6 Amazing Things About ‘The Night of the Doctor’

Metro – Doctor Who: 10 Amazing Things That Happened in the Night of the Doctor Minisode

WhatCulture! – Doctor Who: 5 Things We Learned From ‘The Night of the Doctor’

Den of Geek – The Night of the Doctor: A fan reaction to the Doctor Who mini-episode

Mirror – 9 amazing surprises to be found in The Night of the Doctor mini episode

You can read the BBC’s article on the acclaim for The Night of the Doctor here and their interview with Steven Moffat here.

"I'm a Doctor, but probably not the one you were expecting".  The Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, surprises fans by appearing as the star of The Night of the Doctor

“I’m a Doctor, but probably not the one you were expecting”. The Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, surprises fans by appearing as the star of The Night of the Doctor

Arising from The Night of the Doctor should we anticipate a regeneration of the War Doctor, John Hurt, to the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston in The Day of the Doctor? Perhaps Steven Moffat’s propensity to lie will bring forth more unbridled glee if any previous Doctors appear in 3D in the Anniversary Special?

Having chosen his fate, the Eighth Doctor drinks the potion provided to him by the Sisters of Karn

Having chosen his fate, the Eighth Doctor drinks the potion provided to him by the Sisterhood of Karn

As to the relevance of this article’s title, the quote of course comes from the Eighth Doctor’s response to Ohlia when she advises him that he’s been restored to life and has a little under four minutes left:

4 minutes? That’s ages. What if I get bored or need a television, couple of books. Anyone for chess? Bring me knitting.

Clearly the Fourth and the Eleventh Doctors aren’t the only incarnations with a keen interest in woolen crafts 🙂 You can read a transcript for The Night of the Doctor here.

The Fourth Doctor with his famous knitted scarf

The Fourth Doctor with his famous knitted scarf

The Eleventh Doctor continues the knitting tradition

The Eleventh Doctor continues the knitting tradition

I’m off to watch the Brain of Morbius!

The Doctor, Sarah and members of the Sisterhood of Kahn in The Brain of Morbius

The Doctor, Sarah and members of the Sisterhood of Karn in The Brain of Morbius

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©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

Peter Davison and Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

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Speculation is rife on the nature of Peter Davison’s involvement in Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.  Digital Spy has reported Davison to have said “I’m making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can’t reveal in what. I can’t reveal anything specific about it. I’m not allowed to. It is a big year for the show and we’re all doing our bit for it. Trust me.”

A recent photo of Peter Davison

A recent photo of Peter Davison

Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984, could be alluding to anything from a convention appearance, of which he has four scheduled for November 2013, to a role in the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. 

BBC promotional poster for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor

BBC promotional poster for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor

In March 2013 TV Rage reported that Davison had denied being involved in the 50th Anniversary Special. Speaking at the Mysticon convention in the US Davison said “I don’t think it will involve the older Doctors, certainly in their present form, because of course we’re meant to look exactly as we did when we left the TARDIS and none of us really do. Some of us are not here any more and others of us have weathered less well than others. I don’t know where I’d put myself in that category. I’m not going to make that decision.”

Davison, along with Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, was in Australia for the Lords of Time Conventions in April 2013.  It was at that time that the location shooting for The Day of the Doctor was being undertaken in the UK. Appearing on the Australian television morning show, the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors denied any official involvement in the official 50th Anniversary television special.

Three Doctors on Channel 9 Australia Morning Show

Perhaps the involvement that Davison is alluding to is audio rather than television. It has previously been confirmed that Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann will be appearing in the special 50th Anniversary Big Finish audio production, The Light at the End.  Joining the five Doctors will also be Louise Jameson (Leela), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Sophie Aldred (Ace), India Fisher (Charley Pollard), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master).  The Light at the End is due for release in November.

Big Finish 50th Anniversary Official Audio Aventure.

As to what Davison’s true involvement in the 50th Anniversary celebrations is remains to be seen.  With only a little more than two months left until 23 November we don’t have long to wait for the answer.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.