The Twelfth Doctor’s barnstorming speech about the horror of war in “The Zygon Inversion” is already being hailed as the breakout moment of Peter Capaldi’s tenure on Doctor Who. But like most things Doctor Who related, it’s just as delightful, if not moreso, when the Eighth Doctor himself gets to deliver it.
Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor has long been left in the shadows by Doctor Who (on TV at least)—it took him 17 years to show up again after his first appearance in 1996, which gave him a cool new outfit to boot. But it’s only now, 2 years after that appearance, that he’s getting a rad action figure to go with it.
Back when Doctor Who was coming back from oblivion as an American TV movie in 1996, Peter Capaldi was asked to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor, and he turned it down... because he knew he wouldn't get it.
I vaguely recall hearing about this abortive project shortly before Doctor Who returned in 2005, but never knew that the pilot had ever made it past the executive boardroom. Filmed at around the same time, it's a tiny snapshot of what Paul McGann might have looked like as The Doctor, had the BBC decided to bring him…
THIS IS A 7-MINUTE PREQUEL MINISODE TO THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL CONFIRMING ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING SECRETS IN THE DOCTOR'S LONG, LONG LIFE. WATCH IT. NOW.
Today is the 49th anniversary of Doctor Who. And that means we're just 365 days away from the show's big 50th birthday — complete with what will assuredly be the anniversary special to end all anniversary specials.
Sylvester McCoy didn't just wear the most question marks of any Doctor — he also played the role the longest. A British game show incorrectly claimed that David Tennant played the role for longer than McCoy, leading to a recount.
Doctor Who's huge new stage production goes on tour October 8. It'll star Nigel Planer, better known as the hippie Neil from The Young Ones, as the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy. Will his character turn up on the show?