Fans Spot Doctor Who References in Paul McGann’s Holby City Trailer Debut

Keen-eyed Doctor Who fans have spotted a few references to the show in the latest teaser for Holby City’s two-part event featuring none other than the Eighth Doctor himself Paul McGann – that’s right, the Doctor works for the NHS now.

The latest trailer, which features McGann’s character Professor John Gaskell – probably not The Professor from the First Doctor comic, The Underwater Robot but who knows? – a mysterious hero who bursts through doors to save the day and defeat Eric Roberts…no, wait, he takes charge when the entire unit is plunged into darkness which we can all agree is much more exciting.

Anyway, Doctor Who fans have spotted a plethora of visual references to Paul McGann’s Doctor Who TV movie from the 1990s, with one viewer, Blogtor Who writer Mat Greenfield, taking to Twitter to list all the comparisons between the two.

It’s basically the same ruddy thing! Or some cheeky chap at Holby City is a big Doctor Who fan. Either way, we approve.

As for special itself, executive producer Simon Harper has teased a “stunningly dramatic and moving two-part event”.

He told Digital Spy:

“You’ll see our NHS heroes instinctively rush towards the hospital’s greatest peril yet in a story that changes lives forever – and the fact that the episodes introduce Paul, one of our country’s most internationally renowned screen talents, is the icing on the cake.”

Holby City will air its special two-parter on Tuesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 7.

  • Liam

    I thought this too. Looks like he’s inviting everyone into the TARDIS at the end.

  • ColeBox

    Holby City, my guilty pleasure.

    Think number five is stretching it a bit as isn’t the Professor gesturing for everyone to follow him? Also worthy of a note is that Guy Henry (Henrick Hanson) is in this month’s Big Finish Tenth Doctor release Infamy Of The Zaros.

  • timelord70

    “I love humans – always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there” 😀

  • bar

    The TARDIS shot at the top is blatant – they took the normal WHO shot, swapped costumes, and put the roundels on the outside. But I am not going to get drawn in to another time-eating screen story. Not even for McGann.

    • ColeBox

      Holby, every so often, would put out a strange or supernatural episode. My favourite was about a doctor who was stabbed at the end of the previous episode, was found and recovered. She then went through a series of encounters and at the end of the episode realised that she was actually dead. Sadly, they haven’t done anything like that for years BUT…

      Not to try and drag you in, it does make it teensy weansy feasible that it *may* be a cameo from the Eighth, just a very tentative one. Probably not, but I wouldn’t put it past them. After all, the above described episode was broadcast not that long after Life On Mars. Fingers crossed…

  • Rick714

    Stretching all of these, really. All said shots have been done a million times in a ton of shows. But it’s good to see Paul get work! 😉