Published on October 31st, 2013 | by Rebecca Crockett

Who Do You Hear: Paul McGann or Peter Davison? [POLL]

Now that we’ve all had time to dissect and pour over the interesting puzzle of a trailer for The Day Of The Doctor, there are still some lingering questions that many fans have. One of the biggest? Just who exactly are we hearing?

While we all can recognize Matt Smith’s lovely voice as the one speaking over all of the images presented to us, there are certain points in the trailer that there seem to be echoes or reverberations or some other audio source mirroring and intensifying what Smith is saying.

It’s hard to notice these echoes right off, mainly because you’re actively looking for all of the little details hidden throughout the clip. But some keen eared fans noticed that we’d been given some audio details along with all those wonderful little nods to the past 50 years, and the more one listens to the trailer, the more those words being echoed (“lives”, “years” and “Doctor”) stand out.

Many fans have said that they hear the either the voice of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison or the voice Eighth Doctor Paul McGann as the one mirroring what is being spoken by Matt Smith. Some of them might have a case:

The question here is are we hearing one or both of them because those audio clips are indeed voiced by either former Doctor or could it just be wishful thinking on the part of the fans?

Both men have recently mentioned that they’d done something Who related, namely McGann talking about how he spent some time trying to “imitate Matt Smith’s dramatic delivery in voiceover”  (though he later seemed to backtrack that this might have any significant importance) and Davison saying that he’d be “making an appearance somewhere”  during this big anniversary, though he declined to say what that exactly meant.

Kasterborous readers, who do you hear? Is it Peter Davison or Paul McGann? Click play above, enjoy the clip again, and then vote in our poll!


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Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

9 Responses to Who Do You Hear: Paul McGann or Peter Davison? [POLL]

  1. avatar Paul says:

    I was pretty sure I could hear Colin Baker on ‘years’ as well!

  2. avatar Richard Parkin says:

    Maybe we’ll get the same trailer played out on TV but with different Doctors offering their narration? Maybe a different Doctor each day for the 11 days leading up to the big event?!

    • avatar Geoff says:

      Wow Richard. That would be very cool indeed!

  3. avatar Paddy says:

    They’re both on there. Davison on “lives” and McGann on “years”.

  4. avatar Maria C says:

    It’s both Davison and McGann. I loved that both provided their voices for the trailer. I would like to thank both actors for taking time out of their lives for a small part in the trailer. It made the trailer awesome!

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    Just saw it on TV. I really listened and am sure it’s Peter on “minutes” and Paul on “years”.

  6. avatar Paul McGann's Cat says:

    Both. I think Tom Baker appears as well (although is probably stock use as opposed to new recording).

  7. avatar dr jon says:

    Im sure i heard peter davison and after hearing it a few times after paul MCcann can also be heard.It may well be that in a few more weeks all the dr’s can be he heard on it as they are added on.

  8. avatar Si says:

    I thought I heard a female voice somewhere, too. Probably mistaken.

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