Digital Spy are currently implying that former Doctor Who star Paul McGann has signalled his reluctance to appear as the eighth incarnation of the Time Lord in any future anniversary reunion episodes, following an interview with Official London Theatre.
They have also titled the story “‘Doctor Who’ too big for me, says Paul McGann“, despite being unable to back this statement up with an actual quote.
A quick read through the actual interview reveals no discussion of returning to Doctor Who, nor of the show being “too big”, simply of the relief with which McGann managed to avoid the endless press exposure of his Time Lord descendants, something that probably wouldn’t have happened in 1996.
McGann was asked about the adulation that fellow stage actor and ex-Time Lord David Tennant receives following his departure from Doctor Who, in a brief comparison between the two eras.
As such, he [McGann] has escaped – “and I mean escaped” – the almost fanatical adulation that accompanied tenth Doctor David Tennant during his five years with the show.
“He’s fantastic of course and he’s obviously got a great sense of humour about everything. Chris [Eccleston], I think, seemingly found it tricky. I think I probably would have been more like Chris. I like my privacy.”
Paul McGann is currently starring with Dominic West in Simon Gray’s Butley at London’s Duchess Theatre.