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WATCH: Fan creates opening for Paul McGann Doctor Who series that wasn’t to be… and it is rather great

December 12th, 2020 by Marc Comments

One of the biggest regrets I have as a Doctor Who fan – and many others do too – is that Paul McGann never got the chance to show the world just how great a Doctor he would have been (and by all accounts, he would have been superb).

Now, I know he’s ruling over on the Big Finish adventures, but man, I’d love to have seen him travelling time and space every week on our screens, but alas, it wasn’t to be.

Now, however, one fan on youtube has imagined what the titles would have been like, had McGann got his time in the TARDIS onscreen and it’s pretty different from what we know of the Who openings, but it’s also rather superb.

Check it out below and then scroll on to see what inspired David Burgess to make this pretty epic video.

“What if, one day, Paul McGann was finally given his own series as the Doctor?

“Back in May, I decided to tackle the concept. I wanted to produce a title sequence for a fictional series where McGann returns to his role as the 8th Doctor, where we’d see him fight to defend his home during the Time War. I knew I wanted the title sequence to have a totally different flow, and not simply be bound the imagery of abstract space and time that we usually see. Instead, I wanted the sequence to take place (mostly) surrounding Gallifrey.

“The whole sequence was based around the idea of the setting Suns of Gallifrey, showing the contrast from light into darkness. We initially see them sink behind the planet, and then we see them submerge behind the mountains and sandy dunes on Gallifrey’s surface. Silhouetting the departing TARDIS, and casting the distant Citadel into darkness. The tone of the project needed to be relatively doom-laden – we know the ending of the Time War wasn’t exactly a happy one.

“I was also very keen to include the imagery of a Dalek in the sequence. I planned to show the Dalek as an oncoming presence. I ended up taking a much more stylised approach to this, with thanks to a brilliant 3D rendering by Anthony Lamb. We see a lifeless Gallifrey, falling into the cosmos to be ‘consumed’ by the image of a Dalek.”

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….