Paul McGann: Fuss Over Jodie Whittaker Will be Silly in Hindsight

Paul McGann has voiced his support for incoming Doctor Jodie Whitaker, arguing that she’s “the best person for the role” and that “the fuss is soon going to look silly”.

Speaking to promote his appearance in long-running BBC One medical drama Holby City (check out the apparently TV Movie-inspired trailer if you haven’t seen it yet), McGann said of the decision to cast a woman in the role:

“I’m certain that, in a year from now, everyone will be perfectly used to it and wondering what all the fuss was about.

“People will realise that it was long overdue… I thought Peter Capaldi was fantastic – perhaps the best ever, in my view. But once he decided to stand down, they would have been crazy not to cast a woman.”

As well as recounting his difficulty learning the necessary medical terminology to play a consultant neurosurgeon (“It took a few goes to get used to it”) Doctor number eight reminded us that he’s up for more trips in the TARDIS:

“You’re always a part of it. And the show can always go sideways and backwards – they can do what they like… It’s not inconceivable that any of us who played that role could return and do some more, which is great.”

Paul McGann’s Holby City debut came in the two-part story Group Animal which UK viewers can find on the BBC iPlayer. And as if you needed reminding, Jodie Whitaker’s first appearance in Doctor Who will come in this year’s Christmas episode Twice Upon A Time, to be screened on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Read more of Paul McGann’s interview over at Radio Times.

  • d0ct0rkev

    I remember how outraged “fans”were when the doctor kissed a girl in the TV movie

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      why do you put the word ‘fans’ in qoutation marks? What do you think a “fan” is?

    • ColeBox

      There was more outrage about the half-human line.

      • Bob James

        And maybe less about the travesty we see the show embarking upon now?

  • bar

    ‘Peter Capaldi was fantastic, perhaps the best ever’ – another reason why I love Paul McGann 🙂
    As to the bit about possibly returning, Stop Teasing damn you! Just listening to Relative Dimensions, with Carole Ann Ford… if we all wish really hard…;)

    • Bob James

      That was brilliant wasn’t it? Try the BF Short Trips “All Hands On Deck” if you really want an emotional experience. He and Carole are simply sublime, and heartbreaking.

      • bar

        I don’t know AHOD (yet – maybe with Christmas money, if I can take any more emotion after TuaT) but listening to RD again I wondered if they meant us to understand the fish as the Doctor’s lifestyle coming back to haunt him. All that living in the present and keeping moving because, as Davros says, he daren’t look back. Yet he can’t bring himself to rid himself of any of it. Bottle it up and it’s grow into a monster that’ll devour you.
        There’s a real dark undercurrent to LM S4, even the ‘lighter’ stories.

        • Bob James

          AHOD is available only via download, so it’s about $2.99 USD, and whatever equivalent GBP that is. Inexpensive and BRILLIANT. It took a bit to compose myself after that one. Without spoilers, it’s about the Doctor’s efforts to get his GRANDDAUGHTER clear and away from the Time War. And being BF carries forward the continuity of RD, as well as “An Earthly Child”.

  • DonnaM

    Peter the best ever – yes, with you on that, Mr McGann (although you were better than the material you were given yourself, sir)
    I make no comment on the “fuss”, as it’s in danger of killing my love for the show even before Mr Chibnall unleashes his leaden and clunking dialogue upon something I’ve adored since the age of five!

  • Bob James

    You just keep telling yourself that, Paul. You and everyone else who has drank the koolaid.

    • Jack Ashcraft

      They’ll not even learn anything when the show gets cancelled due to ratings tanking more than ever. The SJW delusion cannot fathom anyone rejecting the agenda. As many of us know- the end has begun.

      • Bob James

        Paul disappoints me. But I am just about over it, Jack, though I know I’ll be crying at Christmas. And Peter Capaldi, who quite singularly elevated my already vast and passionate love for Doctor Who, and then broke my heart. If he had stayed one more year we could have put this business off for one more year.

        • Jack Ashcraft

          I’ve already disconnected from DW/Doctor Her. The franchise is as dead as it gets at this point, and I’ll be glad to see it cancelled.