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HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL MCGANN!
Not only is today special because 'The Night of the Doctor', the Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor prequel was released, but it’s also the birthday of Paul McGann, who played the eighth Doctor.
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“I’ve got to say as well that as a percentage it’s tiny. Cause most of the people are very supportive. Sometimes I felt that the Eighth Doctor was slightly tolerated rather than, um, because he wasn’t around for long enough say to, be a part of the whole thing.
But then, I’m in the family. [The Eighth Doctor] is in the family.”
That’s my Paul!!!
Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy at the “Lords of Time” conference in Auckland, NZ.
The stamps were recently launched at an event in London, with former Doctors Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Paul McGann in attendance.
The Doctor Who stamps are available at 9,000 Post Office Branches (UK only) and online from www.royalmail.com/doctorwho globally.
In addition to the eleven stamps featuring the Doctors, a five-stamp miniature sheet is also available, featuring a TARDIS and some of the Doctor’s most famous foes; a Dalek, a Cyberman, an Ood and a Weeping Angel. See the Doctor Who stamp designs here.
In November 2013, Big Finish will be releasing Doctor Who: The Light at the End, a very special 100-minute story to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who. Tom Baker (1974-81), Peter Davison (1982-84), Colin Baker (1984-86), Sylvester McCoy (1987-89) and Paul McGann (1996) will all reprise their roles as, respectively, the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors, whose paths suddenly intersect when they face imminent destruction.
“We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion,” says writer, director and executive producer Nicholas Briggs, “and it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.”
The Doctors will also be joined by a number of their regular companions: Louise Jameson reprises the role of the savage Leela, Sarah Sutton plays the scientist Nyssa, Nicola Bryant is American botany student Peri, Sophie Aldred is streetwise kid Ace and India Fisher returns as Edwardian adventurer Charley Pollard.
“And that’s not all,” says producer David Richardson, “because Geoffrey Beevers is back to create mayhem as the Master, and there will be a number of appearances from some much-cherished old friends from the TV series…”
Doctor Who: The Light at the End will be released in two different versions. A five-disc limited special edition comes with two hour-long documentaries, plus The Revenants, a Companion Chronicles tale which began life as a free Doctor Who Magazine download. It’s performed by William Russell, who starred in the very first TV story as Ian Chesterton. The special edition comes in beautiful special packaging, and will include a number of exclusive professionally photographed images of the cast.
The standard edition comprises two discs, featuring the two hour-long episodes of the story.
This is a great read. Check out this bit by famed science fiction writer Stephen Baxter about First Doctor William Hartnell:
It was surely necessary that the Doctor had to be old in his first incarnation; that sense of age has always lingered. Even today a key part of Matt Smith’s reading of the role is that he is an old man in a young man’s body. And that agedness is rooted in Hartnell’s authoritative playing. My favourite single line of Hartnell’s actually came in tenth-anniversary special “The Three Doctors” when he berates his successors: “So you’re my replacements – a dandy and a clown. Have you done anything?”