New ‘Doctor Who’ Episode Reveals What Happened to the 8th Doctor
Doctor Who fans got a surprise treat from the BBC Thursday as they wait for the 50th Anniversary Special later in November. The BBC released a special episode online that sets the stage for the special, and it brings back a star from the show’s past.
Paul McGann, who starred as the Doctor in the 1996 Fox TV movie, returns to the role in a 7-minute mini episode called “The Night of the Doctor”, written by Who‘s current showrunner, Steven Moffat (the upcoming feature-length special is entitled “The Day of the Doctor”). Although McGann played the Doctor onscreen only once before, his Eighth Doctor was accepted into the show’s continuity, and he has lent his voice talents to several Doctor Who audio adventures produced by Big Finish.
Earlier this year, McGann cleverly denied he was involved in the 50th Anniversary Special — which he technically still isn’t. But “The Night of the Doctor” finally gives fans some closure to his incarnation of the Doctor, and it helps that McGann has aged very well: He looks almost exactly like he did in the TV movie, shorter hair notwithstanding.