It’s too bad that a Paul McGann led Doctor Who wasn’t this popular back in 1996. The Fox Network produced TV Movie Doctor Who, which was the sole appearance of McGann as the Eighth Doctor, has been long treated as canon, but the actor’s appearance in last week’s webisode “The Night of the Doctor” has at least one fan wondering if maybe there shouldn’t be more McGann.
That’s right Whovians, it’s time for another mass nerd appeal internet petition on change.org, this one to Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat and McGann requesting the they put their efforts into realizing a new Who series that could chronicle the adventures of the McGann’s Doctor. Theodore Stone, a man from the island of Jersey in the U.K., is the petition’s author. Here’s what he had to say:
For 17 years, we only had the TV Movie to satisfy our appetite for a Live-Action Eighth Doctor. On the 14th November 2013, we were granted the minisode, the “Night of the Doctor”. Although we do possess a vast number of Big Finish Audio-Dramas and books, it would be a shame to never see McGann as the Time Lord on-screen again. Therefore, I have created this petition in order to drum up interest and support in order to pressure both Moffat and McGann into making a live-action series, featuring the Eighth Doctor. It would be a shame for such a fantastic actor and Doctor to be once again confined to the past yet again. Even a web series would suffice!
This will probably never happen, but you never know unless you try!
As least he’s realistic about his chances. I have to admit though, it’s been fascinating seeing people’s reaction to the appearance of McGann because I was under the impression that fans didn’t think much of Who ’96. I didn’t think it was anything to write home about, although seeing Eric Roberts play The Master is kind of surreal, but it definitely showed at least as much promise as the first episode of the rebooted Who in 2005. I will say that it’s nice that McGann is getting his due though, it’s been a long time in coming.
As for the petition, it currently has 4,200 out of the 5,000 necessary votes that would make it officially endorsed. It’s non-binding, and Moffat can take it or leave it, but what do you Bastards think? Interested in seeing a McGann-led Who, or is one Doctor at a time enough for you? Sound off below.
Source: Bleeding Cool