Paul McGann, The Eighth Doctor
What a surprise! The Eighth at Eight. We do like it this way I have to admit.
The Eighth Doctor, portrayed by the wonderful Paul McGann, was the Doctor briefly in 1996, and finally regenerated last week in a mini-episode (The Night of the Doctor.)
So why did a Doctor so briefly on our screens beat three fully fledged Doctors?
Well we’d made our mind up before Paul McGann’s mini-episode to be honest and it was mainly down to the Big Finish audios. We aren’t big followers of Big Finish, and personally I’ve only heard the ones that have been played on BBC Radio, but that along with a great portrayal in the TV Movie leap frogged Eight above the rest.
Eight is always a little forgotten, the TV Movie isn’t a brilliant story let alone well put together. We won’t even go close to Eric Roberts as The Master, least said about it the better to be honest! Eight though is as Doctorish as always, just shoved into a badly put together film.
What little I’ve heard of Big Finish McGann has carried on taking his Doctor from strength to strength. The ability to make you feel scared, sad, happy or bewildered just by his voice is a gift not many have (though I do think nearly all of the Doctors have that ability, we are the lucky ones!) His relationship with his companions is the biggest strength of the Eighth, much more a friend to them then any other regeneration.
Then he returned for a heart wrenching 7 minutes. Fandom seem to have imploded in on itself, that is fair enough to them, it was a great 7 minutes and a lovely way to say goodbye to him. It reminded people of just how great a Doctor he was, just like all the Doctors that came before and after him.