Paul McGann returning for an eighth Doctor spin-off

In a shock turn of events, the BBC announced today that they will be launching a second Doctor Who spin-off. The spin-off will focus on the eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann. 

The eight-part series will consist of 45 minute episodes and, is from Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. The series will be exec produced by Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi, and Brian Minchin and is a co-production between BBC America, BBC Cymru Wales, Netflix and, Fox. Production will begin in Cardiff, late 2016.

Stephanie Meyer said:

“I am thrilled and honoured to be part of the Doctor Who universe. I can’t wait for people to be re-introduced to Paul’s magnificent Doctor. I’m confident the audience will love the all-new villains and aliens. Who knows? Some classic friends and foes may also appear.”

Steven Moffat said:

“No one has ever captured the written word quite like Stephanie Meyer, and now we’re bringing her brilliant story-telling into the Doctor Who universe.”

Paul McGann added:

“They’ve [BBC worldwide] been trying to get me back since 2013, but things are only as good as the person running them. So, I cancelled everything else-when I heard Stephanie was involved.”

Production is thought to begin in September.