Steven Moffat has revealed that the Eighth Doctor’s appearance in this week’s astonishing prequel came about through his desire to spring a further surprise on us all in this anniversary year.
I was thinking, what else can we do for our anniversary year… I thought… Why don’t we get Paul McGann in and regenerate him into John Hurt? I’d like to see that! I’d love to see that!
Evidently a game sort, Paul was ‘dead keen’ and came in to shoot The Night of the Doctor over the last two days of the shoot for the fiftieth. Unsurprisingly, Moffat describes the secrecy surrounding the shoot as ‘phenomenal':
I’m sure some people are a bit cross that we were so secretive but the fact is, there is only one way to ensure you keep a secret, and that’s to keep it! So, we kept it very tight and we hope it all came as great surprise to everyone.
Clearly an Eighth Doctor fan, Moffat sums up the McGann incarnation as:
He’s obviously dashing, terribly handsome and quite romantic. I always found it hard to imagine him fighting in the Time War. I’d always imagined the ‘Time War Doctor’ would be more grizzled, somehow, you know?
What do you think? Could you see the Eighth Doctor as the man to destroy Gallifrey?