Becoming the Eighth Doctor with Paul McGann, Part 1

Paul McGann
Paul McGann

This week—this month!—I have the honor and pleasure of talking with actor Paul McGann. He started his career in the West End, moving to TV with the BBC’s Monocled Mutineer, and to film with the cult classic Withnail and I. His credits also include Horatio Hornblower, Luther, and the Dickens adaptation Our Mutual Friend, and he’s narrated numerous documentaries. All that said, he’s probably best known as the Eighth Doctor from Doctor Who.

In the first of two episodes , Paul and I talk about how his elder brother, Joe, steered him to drama school, the advice he was given early on, and of course, how he came to be the Eighth Doctor—and what that role has taught him about himself, fandom, and the power of stories to influence our lives.

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Stories mean, sometimes, the world to people. They can save your morale. They can tip you that way instead of that way.

Paul McGann

Show links

Paul McGann on IMDB

The BBC’s Eighth Doctor page

Big Finish Eighth Doctor stories

Long Island Doctor Who

My list of 53 Things I Learned from Watching Doctor Who

Steven Moffat on Why We Need Heroes (and why the Doctor is an unusual hero)

Peter Cushing as the Doctor

Dave Chapelle’s Mark Twain Prize acceptance speech

50th Anniversary story Night of the Doctor


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