Former Doctor Who star Paul McGann

McGann at Silent Film Festival

Former Doctor Who star Paul McGann

Eighth Doctor and silent film enthusiast Paul McGann participated in this year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Last weekend the Bristol Silents patron – who aim to raise awareness, knowledge and appreciation of silent movies by screening as many as possible – not only presented Frank Hurley’s South – a moving documentary recalling Ernest Shackleton’s heroic 1914-1917 expedition to Antarctica – but he also provided narration in the form of diary entries from Shackleton’s own journals.

The original film produced in 1919 by Shackleton and Hurley represents one of the greatest epics in the history of exploration, now full restored by the BFI with the original tints and toning.

Accompanying him was pianist Stephen Horne who’ll provided a suitable elegiac score for a production that made its debut in Bristol at Arnolfini in 2011 & was screened at the Giornate Cinema Muto in Italy last October.

Also screening over the weekend were Clara Bow’s 1926 star vehicle Mantrap, the first ever winner of Academy Award for Best Picture Wings and Joseph Von Sternberg’s The Docks of New York.

(Via SF Gate)


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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