Doctor Who 50th: Paul McGann wants to appear

8th Doctor Paul McGann is expected a last minute invite to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary

Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie
Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie

8th Doctor Paul McGann hasn’t let the non-involvement of 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston rule him out of a role in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, and the actor is open to a last-minute cameo.

“I think Chris Eccleston is probably a big factor in it,” McGann told ZBTV of the older Doctors not being invited. “I don’t want to speak for him… he’s probably reluctant to get involved in anything that’s ongoing.

“So that’s something that they have to somehow get over and deal with. I’m guessing they’ve got time to do it. It’s not quite the anniversary yet. The anniversary doesn’t start until November.

“Whatever it is that they’re planning and they are making, they’ve got time to do it. It’s my feeling [and] this is just a personal thing, once they resolve Chris Eccleston’s participation or non-participation either way, then they’re free to [figure it out]… Being actors anyway, they’ll call us on the Friday and say, ‘You’re starting on a Monday’.”

McGann then added: “We’re not going to know until the 11th hour. Half past 11… I can’t count the times as an actor, when [you’re] offered something and you start next week!”

Doctor Who is airing now on BBC One. Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 will be available to own 20 May 2013 – pre-order it on Blu-ray for £21.50 or on DVD for £17.75 from Amazon.co.uk.