After Paul McGann’s surprise appearance as the Eighth Doctor in last year’s The Night of the Doctor last year, the question on every fan’s lips was: ‘will McGann return?’.
In an interview with Yahoo, McGann expressed interest in returning to Doctor Who for an appearance alongside Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, if he were asked, as well as sharing his thoughts on spin-off rumours and how he learnt of The Night of the Doctor‘s existence.
“If the same thing were to happen again and Moffat were to say ‘Would you come back and do it and I’ll write it?’ Why wouldn’t I want to do it? If it’s going to be that quality, why wouldn’t you want to do it?”
“Steven Moffat got in touch and said ‘If I were to write it, would you do it?’ I asked could I think about it and he said ‘Think about it now… because we want to do it next week.’ I had such a quick decision to make and I’m glad, because sometimes when you do things quickly, it’s better.”
“I felt when I arrived in Cardiff that [Moffat] had probably written it the day before. That was the only gap he had, on that Sunday, because they were trying to finish the big 50th. We arrived and it was next to the set of the 50th and [the actors] had all left. They’d had the party the night before and they’d all just left. We arrived the next day and shot the mini-episode.”
“There’s always all kinds of rumours. ‘Doctor Who’ is like a rumour mill, isn’t it? ‘Yea, McGann is gonna do this, Matt is gonna do that, there’s going to be a spin-off, blah blah blah’. Of course it’s all b****cks because it’s Moffat who decides what they’re going to do next. And of course, now you’ve got a new Doctor in Peter Capaldi – I think it’s only fair that he gets a decent run on his own without any distractions so he gets his feet under the table.”