If there was one clear winner from the hoopla surrounding the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who it was Paul McGann. In a surprise short episode, the Doctor often listed as one of the least favorite for his one-time appearance in a mediocre television movie, made a triumphant return to film his lost regeneration sequence and introduced a whole new audience to the Eighth Doctor.
"The Night of the Doctor" did more than fill a large hole in the show's history, though. It started a wave of interest in McGann's take on the part. There's a Tumblr dedicated to how amazing he still looks, a petition on Change.org to have him star in a new series that's reached over 17,000 signatures, and his face is hidden in the flames on the recently released promo pic for "The Time of the Doctor". Clearly, McGann has climbed from DW to near-center stage.
So what's a new fan or an old fan who wrote Eight off to do now? In one respect he's the cheapest and easiest Doctor to explore because he has just the one film. On the other hand, the vast majority of the Eighth Doctor's life and experiences exist outside of television. While the other ten Doctors also have libraries of off-screen adventures, they serve mostly as amusing supplements to the established television canon. With Eight, those off-screen supplements pretty much are the canon. There are three main paths to travel down if you're hoping to get to know Eight, and in all three paths there are some real headaches.More »