Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor Who

Matt Smith: McGann “a great Doctor”

Matt Smith’s birthday weekend appearance at the London Comic Con last week saw the fielding of an interesting question – has he seen the Paul McGann-starring TV movie from 1996?

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor Who

We’re big fans of Paul McGann here at Kasterborous, and not just because of his astonishing performance in what was a lacklustre piece of Doctor Who. It takes something special to be able to instantly impress on the viewer that you’re the new star of the show (despite the lack of a follow up…) when you’re hampered by the presence of your predecessor.

So what did Matt think of it?

“I have seen it, and it’s good, but I kind of think the Doctor isn’t a guy who goes and drinks cocktails at parties. If he did, then he’d go and he’d drop all the cocktails and he’d find that in the olive there was something that was about to explode and kill everyone!

“Paul is a great Doctor, actually; but I don’t think it was the most Doctor-y of stories.”

As Big Finish have proved, Paul is a great Doctor who can be outstanding in the right story. It’s one of those great “couldhavebeens”, isn’t it?

Christian Cawley

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+.

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