Recorded today at MCM London, here’s the interview I attended with Paul McGann. He discusses Jodie Whittaker and whether or not sci-fi should ever be political.
He praises Big Finish, Bradley Walsh and Sheridan Smith. He also addresses the Withnail & I drinking game.
Paul John McGann is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer. He later starred in the 1987 dark comedy Withnail and I, and as the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film, a role he reprised in more than 150 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor“.
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I, along with many other Who fans have been disappointed with the lack of Classic Doctor Who episodes being shown in the 50th anniversary year. With BBC America airing them as well as broadcasters in New Zealand and Australia doing the same, it seemed that BBC Worldwide were only concerned with fleecing the UK fan-base.
But, could the absence of classic who be financial? Christopher Biggins once stated in an interview that every time the BBC repeated an episode of Porridge, he, along with the other actors in the episode were paid £1,000. But, if UK gold played it, or it aired overseas they didn’t get a penny. I guess paying every actor involved in a classic story £1,000 per episode, just isn’t a viable option for them.
What do you think? Is the lack of Classic Who, down to the BBC’s financial constraints or, are BBC worldwide just interested in fleecing the fans?
Here is the trailer for Episode 4 of The minister of chance. The series stars Julian Wadham, Jed Brophy, Jenny Agutter, Lauren Crace, Paul Darrow, Beth Goddard, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Peter Guinness, Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann.
Minister of Chance will be attending its first convention in March – Brit Sci Fi on the weekend of 9 and 10 March 2013 at the Space Centre in Leicester, UK
Paul McGann, Paul Darrow, Julian Wadham, Lauren Crace and Sophie Aldred from the cast, with Dan Freeman (writer/director/producer), Clare Eden (Exec Producer) & Lee Sullivan (illustrator)