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McGann, Paul (I) Biography




biography of McGann, Paul (I)

14 November 1959, Liverpool, England, UK
5' 8"


-   'Annie Milner' (1992 - present) (separated); 2 children


-   He is the younger brother of 'Joe McGann' (qv) and the elder brother of 'Mark McGann (I)' (qv) and 'Stephen McGann (I)' (qv).

-   Became the Official 8th Doctor Who in 1996, which he still continues to play today in Audio Adventures.

-   Was originally cast as the lead in the ITV's "Sharpe" series of television movies but broke his leg playing football a few days into the shooting of _Sharpe's Rifles (1993) (TV)_ (qv) in the Ukraine. He was replaced in the role by 'Sean Bean' (qv), who starred not only in _Sharpe's Rifles (1993) (TV)_ (qv) but the other thirteen films as well. Bean's replacement of McGann triggered the largest insurance settlement in British television history...a value of £2,128,172.

-   Replaced 'Sylvester McCoy' (qv) as "Doctor Who" and, in 2004, it was announced he would be succeeded in the role by 'Christopher Eccleston' (qv).

-   Was considered as a replacement for 'Michael Praed' (qv) when Praed left the TV series _"Robin of Sherwood" (1984)_ (qv), but lost to 'Jason Connery (I)' (qv).

-   Narrates the audio book versions of several of 'Bernard Cornwell' (qv)'s "Sharpe's" novels.

-   (1998) Involved, along with 'Sherilyn Fenn' (qv), 'Kate Winslet' (qv), 'Rufus Sewell' (qv) and 'Miranda Richardson (I)' (qv) in the 1998 film project "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline". The film was to be executive produced by 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv), and written and directed by 'Fay Efrosini Lellios' (qv). The shooting was set to start in June 1998 in New Hampshire. The film was canceled due to financial withdrawal.


-   Documentary - "Secret Underworld" (1997)

-   Has recorded audio adaptations of some original "Doctor Who" novels.

-   2000 - Plays the Eighth Doctor in an ongoing series of original audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on "Doctor Who" (1963) and sanctioned by the BBC.

-   Big Finish audio adventures in which he reprised his Doctor Who TV-movie role as the (Eighth) Doctor: Storm Warning Sword of Orion (featuring the Cybermen) The Stones of Venice Minuet in Hell (featuring Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier) Invaders from Mars (by 2005 TV series writer Mark Gatiss, also of The League of Gentlemen) Seasons of Fear (by 2005 TV series and Scream of the Shalka webcast writer Paul Cornell) The Chimes of Midnight (by 2005 TV series writer Rob Shearman) Embrace the Darkness Time of the Daleks Neverland Zagreus (40th anniversary story also starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, and featuring Jon Pertwee) Scherzo (by 2005 TV series writer Rob Shearman) The Creed of the Kromon (by 1980s TV series writer Philip Martin) The Natural History of Fear The Twilight Kingdom Faithstealer The Last Caerdroia The Next Life

-   (1984) He acted in 'Joe Orton (I)' (qv)'s play, "Loot", was performed at the Ambassador's Theatre in London, England with 'Leonard Rossiter' (qv), 'Gemma Craven' (qv), 'Neil Pearson (I)' (qv), 'Patrick O'Connell (I)' (qv). Directed by 'Jonathan Lynn (I)' (qv).


-   I don't want to be remembered as the 'George Lazenby' (qv) of Doctor Who. (Referring to his single performance as "The Doctor" in the 1996 TV movie revival of the British series.)

-   Careers are what they are, they don't make any sense at all when you look back. We're not in charge of them.

-   I filled a CV in for something, for publicity purposes, only last week and I left _Doctor Who (1996) (TV)_ (qv) off. I only say that because there were times when I don't need to mention it, or perhaps, well, let's be brutally honest, it's not so cool to mention it. It depends who I'm talking to. Sometimes it's the first thing I mention. It depends, it just depends. Because it takes all sorts.

-   Never having been a _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) fan as a child; other than seeing them, I was never committed to them, and I'm still surprised year in, year out, at the involvement, the fervour, the zeal that the fans, the adherents, the people who are making the stories, and all these references, all this history, I'm still surprised at how complex and important it is.

-   I'm not a sci-fi lover, I wasn't from the start. So perhaps I miss that passion for other worlds, other dimensions, that sort of scope and that magnitude of storytelling, that's not my thing though I meet plenty of people whose thing it definitely is. Mine is more Earthbound than that; I prefer fiction, stories, things that are maybe rooted in our collective traits, simple, human, what makes us tick as human beings; I love a good novel.


-   (2005) Living in Clifton, Bristol, UK.


-   "Vortex: The Big Finish Magazine" (UK), April 2009, Iss. 2, pg. 10-11, "Paul McGann"

-   "T2 (Times supplement)" (UK), 1 July 2003, pg. 8-9, by: Christina Zaba, "Haunted by heroes of the Somme"

-   "The Times Magazine" (UK), 22 April 2000, Vol. 5, Iss. 17, pg. 30-31+33+35, by: Alan Jackson, "Home boy"

-   "Empire" (UK), March 1998, Iss. 105, pg. 64-65, by: Caroline Westbrook, "A Close Shave"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 16 March 1996, pg. 22, by: Alison Graham, "Inside the Tardis"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 17 February 1996, Vol. 288, Iss. 3760, pg. 26-27, by: Geoff Ellis, "WHO is McGann this time?"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 13 May 1995, Vol. 285, Iss. 3721, pg. 20-22+24-25, by: Suzie Mackenzie, "Brotherhood of McGann"


-   "Doctor Who" (UK), 5 January 2005, Iss. 351

-   "Doctor Who" (UK), 3 July 1996, Iss. 240

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 25 May 1996, Vol. 289, Iss. 3774

-   "Doctor Who" (UK ), 10 April 1996, Iss. 237

-   "Doctor Who" (UK), 13 March 1996, Iss. 236

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