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Paul McGann returns to 'Doctor Who' in new 50th anniversary mini-episode

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Paul McGann has reprised his Doctor Who role for a special mini-episode.



'The Night of the Doctor' sees McGann reprise his role as the eighth Doctor on-screen for the first time since 1996 - marking only his second screen appearance in the role.

The short - which runs just under seven minutes - finally reveals how this incarnation of the Time Lord met his end and also confirms that John Hurt's Doctor follows directly on from McGann's version.

Full of nods to Doctor Who fans, 'The Night of the Doctor' also reintroduces The Sisterhood of Karn from 1976 serial 'The Brain of Morbius' and features references to the eighth Doctor's adventures in Big Finish's series of audio plays.

Paul McGann returns as the eighth Doctor

Paul McGann returns as the eighth Doctor



McGann previously claimed that he was not a part of Doctor Who's 50th celebrations, claiming that he was "gutted" not to be invited back to the series.

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor' will air on Saturday, November 23 at 7.50pm on BBC One. It will also be simulcast globally and screened in cinemas worldwide.

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