That is, until Paul McGann walked into my lecture on Friday morning.
My reaction at first was: “No, it couldn’t be… could it?” My initial suspicion was confirmed by the fact that he placed a coffee on the teacher’s lectern and sat down while waiting for the teacher to start. She put on a bit of Withnail & I and then introduced him.
Turns out the Eighth Doctor was our guest lecturer!
What followed was an interesting lecture about acting, scriptwriting, Doctor Who and the making of Withnail & I, but the real pleasure came from having the ability to go for a drink with him and a few of my classmates afterwards.
Unfortunately, this shows the downside of staying up all night working on the latest assignment. Although I got his autograph and sneaked into some photos, I didn’t ask him anything that I would’ve liked to because I was very tired (having slaved all night on a story that I didn’t end up using) and entirely unprepared. That’s why I didn’t ask for an interview or some questions about Doctor Who. Although I did ask him whether he was going to follow in Colin Baker’s footsteps and go on I’m A Celebrity… any time soon.
His response? A very emphatic “No.”