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The Eighth Doctor (portrayed by Paul McGann)

Everybody involved in the making of "Doctor Who", the TV movie, wanted it to lead to a full series. However, the contract with the Fox Network stated that it was a tv movie, although it was agreed it would be a backdoor pilot. Fox decided not to turn Doctor Who into an ongoing series.

Paul McGann would later reappear in dozens of audios for Big Finish Network, while the Eighth Doctor would also appear in nine years' worth of comics for Doctor Who Magazine and more than 70 novels published by BBC Books. On screen, he did appear again as the Eighth Doctor in "The Night of the Doctor".