The Eight Doctor Paul McGann spoke to Doctor Who Online about the prequel The Night of the Doctor, which showed the Eighth Doctor regenerate into John Hurt’s mysterious incarnation. Paul told fans it was released almost a week early amidst fears it would be leaked. The secret has been well-kept until now, it was shot back in May. Paul said
“A couple of mates knew and my family knew, and I’m pretty good at keeping a secret…but of course so many people work on something – technicians and everybody else. I’m not pointing the finger, except I’m saying, somewhere along the line, someone couldn’t resist pressing send… a couple of days ago we were seeing still pictures from the episode going out…so Steven Moffat presumably thought ‘I’ve got to do something’ so he released it.”
“I was getting tweets back in July and there were people saying things that they could only have known…so you know you can’t keep a secret.” he added.
Paul McGann has only appeared on-screen once before, in the joint British-American-Canadian produced Doctor Who television movie. However he kept the Doctor Who universe afloat during its long hiatus, in novel, novella, short story and audio form. Paul said The Night of the Doctor prequel “reconciled a narrative gap”, but now fans want more.
“People here today are asking ‘When are you going to do a series?'” but he does not rule out appearing as the Doctor again. “It’s like with the mini-episode, if they send you the script and it’s good, then you’ll do it.”
The Night of the Doctor aired on Paul McGann’s 54th birthday “so I regard it as Steven Moffat’s birthday present to me.”
Watch the full interview where Paul discusses his new costume (“I think it looks cool”), action figures and the difference between playing the Doctor on-screen as opposed to audio.