Holy smokes! According to the panel conversation at the BFI screening of Doctor Who: The Movie, the 2005 series could have turned out remarkably different. The story, as we all know it now, is that Russell T. Davies successfully brought back Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, after a failed attempt at a revival with the American made TV pilot, Doctor Who: The Movie, starring the freshly regenerated Eighth Doctor played brilliantly by Paul McGann. What if RTD had gone a different route? What if he had redeemed the Eighth Doctor and brought him back for the revived series? Would McGann have been onboard? Well, the question has been answered.
When asked at the BFI panel session if he would have resumed the role of the Doctor had RTD approached him, he answered with a “resounding ‘yes’”:
“It was really easy to get into the character of the Doctor, and daunting too.”
He also mentioned during the discussion that he had been prepared to play the part for several years and had imagined portraying the Doctor along the same lines of what Eccleston would eventually do in the revival series, shorter hair and leather jacket in tow! But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Thankfully, McGann has been able to continue the adventures of the Eighth Doctor in the audio adventures, but it would have been great to see him in the role again (maybe a little something for the 50th?).
Now I pose the question to you: would you have rather seen McGann get the nod with the 2005 series? Or are you happier that RTD went ahead with the Ninth Doctor and Christopher Eccleston?
(via Yahoo TV UK.)