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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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  1. "Bible Mysteries" (2004) {Joseph and his Coat of Many Colours (#1.5)}
  2. "Bible Mysteries" (2004) {Peter and the First Church (#1.4)}
  3. "Doctor Who" (2005) {The Next Doctor}
  4. Alien Encounters: Superior Fan Power Since 1979 (2013)
  5. "Her Majesty's Prison: Aylesbury" (2013) {(#1.1)}
  6. "Her Majesty's Prison: Aylesbury" (2013) {(#1.2)}
  7. "Moving On" (2009) {Blood Ties (#4.4)}
  8. "Ripper Street" (2012) {The Good of This City (#1.4)}
  9. "The Petrol Age" (2012)
  10. 9/11: The Miracle Survivor (2012) (TV)
  11. Art Is... (2012)
  12. Notes from the Underground (2012/I)
  13. "A Mother's Son" (2012) {(#1.1)}
  14. "A Mother's Son" (2012) {(#1.2)}
  15. "Geek Crash Course" (2011) {Paul McGann Interview (I-CON 31) (#4.16)}
  16. "Living the Life" (2011) {Paul McGann and Charles Dance (#1.10)}
  17. "The Natural World" (1983) {Jungle Gremlins of Java (#31.7)}
  18. "The Natural World" (1983) {Tiger Island: Natural World Special (#32.2)}
  19. Britain's Greatest Codebreaker (2011) (TV)
  20. Digging the Great Escape (2011) (TV)
  21. Moving Target (2011)
  22. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2011-05-18)}
  23. "Hidden Paintings" (2011) {Hidden Paintings of the North West (#1.1)}
  24. "Luther" (2010) {(#2.1)}
  25. "Luther" (2010) {(#2.2)}
  26. "New Tricks" (2003) {Object of Desire (#8.6)}
  27. "Waking the Dead" (2000) {Waterloo, Part 1 (#9.9)}
  28. "Waking the Dead" (2000) {Waterloo, Part 2 (#9.10)}
  29. Godard & Others (2010)
  30. The Day John Lennon Died (2010) (TV)
  31. The Odds (2010) {{SUSPENDED}}
  32. "BBC Proms" (2010) {Prom 10: Doctor Who at the Proms (#1.24)}
  33. "Cutting Edge" (1990) {Leaving Home at 8}
  34. "Dispatches" (1987) {Kids Don't Count}
  35. "Doctor Who" (2005) {The Eleventh Hour (#5.1)}
  36. "Doctor Who" (2005) {The Lodger (#5.11)}
  37. "Jonathan Creek" (1997) {The Judas Tree}
  38. "Luther" (2010) {(#1.1)}
  39. "Luther" (2010) {(#1.2)}
  40. "Luther" (2010) {(#1.3)}
  41. "Luther" (2010) {(#1.4)}
  42. "Luther" (2010) {(#1.5)}
  43. "Luther" (2010) {(#1.6)}
  44. Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)
  45. "Collision" (2009) {(#1.1)}
  46. "Collision" (2009) {(#1.2)}
  47. "Collision" (2009) {(#1.3)}
  48. "Collision" (2009) {(#1.4)}
  49. "Collision" (2009) {(#1.5)}
  50. "Doctor Who Confidential" (2005) {The Eleventh Doctor (#4.15)}
  51. Fables of Forgotten Things (2008) (TV)
  52. Getting a Head (2008) (V)
  53. The Ties That Bind Us (2008) (V)
  54. "Dispatches" (1987) {Hope for the Last Chance Kids}
  55. "Horizon" (1964) {How to Kill a Human Being (#44.3)}
  56. "The True Story" (2003) {Escape from Alcatraz}
  57. "The True Story" (2003) {James Bond}
  58. "Tribal Wives" (2008) {Afar/Ethiopia (#1.3)}
  59. "The Foreign Legion: Tougher Than the Rest" (2007)
  60. Always Crashing in the Same Car (2007)
  61. Mr Miss Pageant (2007) (TV)
  62. Voice from Afar (2007)
  63. World of Compulsive Hoarders (2007) (TV)
  64. "British Film Forever" (2007) {Sauce, Satire and Silliness: The Story of British Comedy (#1.7)}
  65. "True Dare Kiss" (2007) {(#1.1)}
  66. "True Dare Kiss" (2007) {(#1.2)}
  67. "True Dare Kiss" (2007) {(#1.3)}
  68. "True Dare Kiss" (2007) {(#1.4)}
  69. "True Dare Kiss" (2007) {(#1.5)}
  70. "True Dare Kiss" (2007) {(#1.6)}
  71. "Zero Hour" (2004) {Air France Hijacking (#3.7)}
  72. "Zero Hour" (2004) {The Sinking of the Estonia}
  73. If I Had You (2006) (TV)
  74. Marple: Sleeping Murder (2006) (TV)
  75. Poppies (2006)
  76. The Ripper Hoaxer: Wearside Jack (2006) (TV)
  77. "Sea of Souls" (2004) {Rebound (#3.6)}
  78. "Tripping Over" (2006) {(#1.1)}
  79. "Tripping Over" (2006) {(#1.2)}
  80. "Tripping Over" (2006) {(#1.3)}
  81. "Tripping Over" (2006) {(#1.4)}
  82. "Tripping Over" (2006) {(#1.5)}
  83. "Tripping Over" (2006) {(#1.6)}
  84. "Zero Hour" (2004) {Capturing Saddam}
  85. "Zero Hour" (2004) {One of America's Own (#2.2)}
  86. "Cathedral" (2005)
  87. Adopt Me, I'm a Teenager (2005) (TV)
  88. Daphne Ashbrook in the UK (2005) (V)
  89. From Orphan to King (2005) (TV)
  90. Gypo (2005)
  91. Kidnapped (2005) (TV)
  92. Wacko About Jacko (2005) (TV)
  93. "Psycho" (2005) {Foetus Snatchers}
  94. "Psycho" (2005) {Kill Me If You Can}
  95. "Psycho" (2005) {The Sperminator}
  96. "Twisted Tales" (2005) {Txt Msg Rcvd (#1.1)}
  97. "Zero Hour" (2004) {The Plot to Kill the Pope}
  98. Behind the Crime (2004) (TV)
  99. Lie with Me (2004) (TV)
  100. Hornblower: Duty (2003) (TV)
  101. Hornblower: Loyalty (2003) (TV)
  102. Listening (2003)
  103. The Making of 'Alien³' (2003) (V)
  104. Y Mabinogi (2003)
  105. "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (1989) {Sad Cypress (#9.2)}
  106. Big Finish Talks Back: Paul McGann (2002) (V)
  107. Blood Strangers (2002) (TV)
  108. Queen of the Damned (2002)
  109. The Biographer (2002) (TV)
  110. Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) (TV)
  111. Hornblower: Retribution (2001) (TV)
  112. Hotel! (2001) (TV)
  113. Mother Me Daughter (2001)
  114. My Kingdom (2001)
  115. Sweet Revenge (2001) (TV)
  116. Withnail and Us (2001) (TV)
  117. "Fish" (2000) {Another Shade of White (#1.6)}
  118. "Fish" (2000) {Dancing with the Devil (#1.4)}
  119. "Fish" (2000) {Ever Decreasing Circles (#1.3)}
  120. "Fish" (2000) {Love's Labour Lost (#1.5)}
  121. "Fish" (2000) {The Sins of the Father (#1.1)}
  122. "Fish" (2000) {Uncharted Waters (#1.2)}
  123. "Nature Boy" (2000) {(#1.2)}
  124. "Nature Boy" (2000) {(#1.3)}
  125. "Nature Boy" (2000) {(#1.4)}
  126. Breathless Hush (1999) (TV)
  127. "Forgotten" (1999) {(#1.2)}
  128. "Forgotten" (1999) {(#1.3)}
  129. The Dance of Shiva (1998)
  130. "Our Mutual Friend" (1998) {(#1.1)}
  131. "Our Mutual Friend" (1998) {(#1.2)}
  132. "Our Mutual Friend" (1998) {(#1.3)}
  133. "Our Mutual Friend" (1998) {(#1.4)}
  134. Downtime (1997)
  135. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
  136. Bidding Adieu: A Video Diary (1996) (V)
  137. Catherine the Great (1996) (TV)
  138. Doctor Who (1996) (TV)
  139. The Merchant of Venice (1996) (TV)
  140. The One That Got Away (1996) (TV)
  141. "Testament: The Bible in Animation" (1996) {David and Saul (#1.9)}
  142. "The Hanging Gale" (1995) {(#1.1)}
  143. "The Hanging Gale" (1995) {(#1.2)}
  144. "The Hanging Gale" (1995) {(#1.3)}
  145. "The Hanging Gale" (1995) {(#1.4)}
  146. The Three Musketeers (1993)
  147. Alien³ (1992)
  148. The Making of 'Alien 3' (1992) (TV)
  149. "Nice Town" (1992) {Idyll (#1.3)}
  150. "Nice Town" (1992) {Immaculate Conception (#1.1)}
  151. "Nice Town" (1992) {Unto Us a Child Is Born (#1.2)}
  152. Afraid of the Dark (1991)
  153. Paper Mask (1990)
  154. The Monk (1990)
  155. "Screen Two" (1985) {Drowning in the Shallow End (#6.3)}
  156. BAFTA British Academy Awards (1989) (TV)
  157. Dealers (1989)
  158. Streets of Yesterday (1989)
  159. The Rainbow (1989)
  160. Tree of Hands (1989)
  161. "Jackanory" (1965) {The Whipping Boy}
  162. Empire of the Sun (1987)
  163. Withnail & I (1987)
  164. "Screenplay" (1986) {Cariani and the Courtesans (#2.4)}
  165. The Importance of Being Earnest (1986) (TV)
  166. "The Monocled Mutineer" (1986) {A Dead Man on Leave (#1.4)}
  167. "The Monocled Mutineer" (1986) {Before the Shambles (#1.2)}
  168. "The Monocled Mutineer" (1986) {The Making of a Hero (#1.1)}
  169. "The Monocled Mutineer" (1986) {When the Hurly-Burly's Done (#1.3)}
  170. "Give us a Break" (1983)
  171. Russian Night... 1941 (1982) (TV)
  172. "Panorama" (1953) {Two Weeks in Winter: How the Army Took Over Poland}
  173. "Play for Today" (1970) {Whistling Wally (#12.22)}

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