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article imagePaul McGann returns to Doctor Who for 50th anniversary (VIDEO)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Paul McGann, the actor who portrayed the Eighth Doctor in the BBC's long-running science-fiction television drama series has made a surprise return to to the show.
(WARNING: this article includes spoilers for the video above.)
He makes his unexpected entrance in a new Doctor Who short film, The Night of the Doctor, which the BBC has just released as part of the run-up to the show's 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.
McGann played the Doctor in the 1996 movie, Doctor Who, but a proposed new series of the show, which had by then been off the air since 1989, fell through.
Until now, Doctor Who — the Movie was the one and only time the Eighth Doctor had been seen on screen, although, for a number of years, McGann has played the part in numerous Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish.
As reported by Radio Times, during the Doctor Who minisode, the Eighth Doctor references his travelling companions from those adventures, firmly placing them in the official canon of the TV series.
Spoilers, sweetie!
Briefly, the short film sees the Eighth Doctor hurtling through space in a doomed ship and is accompanied by a woman called Cass. She refuses to help him because he is a Time Lord and the Time War that has been waged between them and the Daleks has been so bloody. The ship then crash lands on the planet Karn, home to the Sisters of Karn who featured in the 1976 Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) serial, The Brain of Morbius ... To see what follows, watch the above video or read a fuller description.
McGann's era as the Doctor was covered by UKTV Watch, on Sunday, 2 November, in The Doctors Revisited: The Eighth Doctor.
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will be simulcast in countries around the world on Saturday, 23 November 2013, fifty years to the day of the broadcast of the very first episode in 1963. It stars Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, all as the Doctor.
In July, it was rumoured that at least one other Doctor would be joining those already confirmed for the anniversary adventure. However, all the surviving so-called "Classic-era" Doctors had previously denied any involvement: Sylvester McCoy went on record in July, saying that none of them had been asked; meanwhile,
Earlier this month, the BBC announced that two new minisodes would precede the anniversary special: the McGann one released today and another, The Last Day.
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