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Published on September 3rd, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Sylvester McCoy in the Pandorica?

As timey-timey things go this is quite a mashup – what if it hadn’t been the Eleventh Doctor who challenged allcomers at Stonehenge in The Pandorica Opens?

What if it had been the Seventh Doctor?

In fairness, there is a certain verisimilitude about that particular incarnation being incarcerated in such a way, given the nature of this strategies against various enemies (Daleks, Cybermen, Fenric), so much so that it is a shame it didn’t quite happen like that.

Still, there’s nothing to worry about as thanks to an interview at the Dragon*Con event this weekend, Sylvester McCoy can be seen reading the “Hello Stonehenge!” scene from The Pandorica Opens - and for a life reading without any rehearsal you can see just how good a job of it he would have made…

This all came about thanks to the interviewer suggesting that Sylvester would have been served better by more polished scripts. Ultimately, I don’t think he did that poorly with the material he was given back in 1987-1989 (certainly not in the last two series) but it is a fascinating exercise nevertheless!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

4 Responses to Sylvester McCoy in the Pandorica?

  1. avatar Zarbisupremo says:

    McCoy’s definitely the only other Doctor who could pull off that speech apart from Matt Smith.

  2. avatar John Harley says:

    Sylvester had the ability to be great in the role but WAS let down by many a poor script..

  3. avatar Bob James says:

    That was cool. Kudos again to Big Finish for giving an inspired Actor portraying an inspired Doctor an opportunity to shine in a way he was rarely given an opportunity to do on television.

  4. avatar Will says:

    Hmm. He’s a nice enough fella, but essentially he does the Doctor as a panto character, as he did in the late 80s…and gurning in 96. His was the only time in all my almost 50 years of life when I found the Doctor to be boring and a constant let down every episode. Just my humbel opinion. It’s different strokes, I guess…so please dont gang up on me.

    I just felt compelled to reply to Zarbisupremo that I couldn’t disagree more. Doctor’s 2,3,4,5,9,10 could have made that scene memorable too.

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