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Paul McGann: I’m not in the 50th

You’d like to see one-time Doctor Who star in the 50th anniversary special, wouldn’t you? After all, everyone loves Paul McGann, including according to legend, Steven Moffat. Well, cool your boots, man – the star of Withnail & I has revealed that neither he not his predecessors will be making and appearance.

Speaking at the London Film and Comic Con last week, the actor (as you can see above) attempted to put all rumours to bed with a succinct “we’re not in it.”

Nor are we in the Christmas special let me tell you. I don’t think so anyway! Not unless they are going to shoot it next week.

The Liverpudlian actor explained how difficult it is to deal with rumours in the Internet age.

There’s all kind of rumours and counter-rumours and everything doing the rounds. One gets tired trying to refute things on Twitter and the like. Take it from me, I’m not in it.

Before moving onto talk about Peter Capaldi (“hopefully he’ll swear like a trooper, like Malcolm Tucker!”) and his work with Big Finish and The Minister of Chance, McGann also reminded his interviewer that he could easily return in the future if needed.

The thing about Doctor Who of course is that if not now, then maybe some other time. That’s the beauty of it. We can always come back.

We know that Paul. We just want to see you sooner rather than later…


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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