Paul McGann wasn’t sure about taking on the role (Picture: BBC)
Doctor Who star Paul McGann recently admitted he was initially unsure about taking the role he’d landed in the 1996 TV film of the BBC series.
Sci-fi drama Doctor Who has kept fans entertained on-and-off since the 1960s, having been revived back in 2005 after a long break on-screen.
But one of the show’s leading men from the past has recently revealed his concerns about becoming the Eighth Doctor back in 1996.
Speaking to The Big Issue, Paul admitted: ‘I was sceptical when I was offered the part of Doctor Who [in the 1996 TV film].
‘I thought, “God, do I really want to do this?” This was in the 90s, before the big revival. Like everyone, I’d watched it as a child but I’d never been a big fan. At that time it even felt a bit… uncool.’
The TV film revival was a joint venture between the BBC, Universal Studios and Fox, meant to hopefully lead into another Doctor Who series.
However, despite the instalment doing well in the UK, ratings proved low in the US meaning a series failed to be made and all rights were handed back fully to the BBC.
Paul added: ‘My kids were babies and we needed to pay the mortgage and the BBC were offering a bit of money, so I did it.
‘It was really a pilot for an American show and it wasn’t picked up and that was that.’
The actor went on to add: ‘But the revived show has such a smile on its face and a sense of humour; now, I couldn’t be happier being part of that world.’
Doctor Who eventually returned to screens in 2005, with the series featuring Christopher Eccleston as the show’s Ninth Doctor, replacing Paul’s incarnation.
Currently, Jodie Whittaker is starring as the Thirteenth Doctor but recently announced she would be stepping back from the role after the upcoming season 13 comes to an end.
Alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall, Jodie will be stepping down in 2022 and the show is on the hunt for replacements.
Names thrown around to possibly replaced Whittaker include Years & Years frontman and It’s A Sin actor, Olly Alexander as well as I May Destroy You creator and star, Michaela Coel.
Other favourites include Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure and Death in Paradise’s Kris Marshall.
But who will take on the role of the Fourteenth Doctor when Whittaker’s tenure comes to an end?
Doctor Who seasons 1-12 can be streamed on BBC iPlayer now.
Credit: Original article published here.