Eighth Doctor

Eighth Doctor
Played by Paul McGann
Years Active TV: 1996, 2013

Audio: 2001 onwards

Books: 1997 - 2005

Comics: 1996 - 2005

First story TV Movie
Last story The Night of the Doctor
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The lost title sequence.
Kids love Paul.
Paul escapes the basement.
Punished Paul.
Eight's companions.
Love and McGann.
Eight and Grace.
Paul and Paul.
Paul goes to a party.
Hanging out with the Shalka Doctor.
Eight parties hard.
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A very flattering image.

When Based Seven got shot to shit Paul McGann stepped in to save the day and become the Eighth Doctor, also known as The Sexual Fourth Doctor.

The Eighth Doctor is very romantic and loves the wonder of the universe. Easily the most handsome face the Doctor has ever worn.


Supposedly half-human in the 1996 TV Movie, his only canon appearance was in 2013's The Night of the Doctor. He keeps Daphne Ashbrook's decomposing corpse in his TARDIS (later found and anaconda'd by Petey Lallawardaldi.)

Does tons of audios (including the Eighth Doctor Adventures) and appears in lots of books (including the other Eighth Doctor Adventures) and had a whole separate storyline in the comics.


He was killed by Steven Moffat and regenerated into The War Doctor. This was widely regarded as a bad move and was the narrative equivalent of breaking into McGann's house basement and shitting on his carpet. But the minisode was GOAT, and I'm willing to forgive him.


As the Doctor says in the last EDA: "The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."

The comics, novels, and audios each wrote as if they were the continuing adventures of the current Doctor. At first, they tried to stay in sync with each other, but eventually they decided fuck it, let's contradict each other. Plus, they all did all kinds of stories where he ends up in Hot Pocket Universes and gets amnesia and someone's trying to edit his history.

This makes autists obsessed with canon and non-canon stories very frustrated.

The TARDIS Data Core actually tries to put it all together into a single chronology, because of course they do, which is pretty funny, although probably not worth reading the whole insanely long article for. But it really doesn't matter. Just enjoy the stories.


Eight had a shit ton of companions. Not even counting the ones who acted like a companion for one comic or that one who was in multiple stories in one Short Trips book or the "narratively ambiguous" cases like Iris Wildthyme. Some fans were pissed off that he only mentioned Big Finish companions in Night of the Doctor, but if he'd actually given this whole list, they would have needed a 90-minute special just for his regeneration scene.

TV Movie

EDA Novels

VNA Novels (the last one)

Big Finish



Memorable Quotes

"Yes! These shoes! They fit perfectly." ~Eight being adorable as always.

"WHO AM I?!" ~Many Doctor Who fans ask the same question about Eight. Seriously, go buy some Big Finish.

"Breathe in deep, lieutenant. You too, Charley. You feel that pounding in your heart? That tightness in the pit of your stomach? The blood rushing to your head, do you know what that is? That's adventure. The thrill and the fear and the joy of stepping into the unknown. That's why we're all here, and that's why we're alive." ~Take me with you.

"And you need me. Without me, you'd never tread upon the beaches of alien worlds, or marvel at the eclipse of new suns, the birth of new stars. You have seen the universe, Charley, and you have made a difference to it." ~I just lost my virginity to this quote.

"There’s no such thing as prophecy or fate. There are true events. Things that happen and things that have to happen, and none of us can escape those. None of us can, and that’s bad enough. I know that, but we don’t have to invent myths to make it all worse. We don’t have to create terrible destinies. We come to them sure enough." ~Hnnng so deep.

"So I said to Lincoln, “Abe,” I said, “Don’t go to the theater.” I couldn’t have been clearer. “I’ve seen Our American Cousin,” I told him. “Not a laugh in it. The only good thing in it is that Booth fellow, and he’s not performing tonight.” Did he listen? Do they ever listen?" ~Eighth Doctor confirmed for killing Abe Lincoln.

"Because, the front crashes first. Think it through." ~On the subject of how ships crash. Mythbusters still have to confirm this one.

"One of the things you'll learn is that it's all real. Every word of every novel is real, every frame of every movie, every panel of every comic strip." ~Explaining why he actually has the most stories out of any Doctor, not the fewest.

"Charley... C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, Molly... friends, companions I've known I salute you, and Cass... I apologize" ~Mentioning past rape victims before apologizing to a potential future one.

"Run, Molly! Run!" ~Eight enjoys a challenge before seizing his prey.

"If I know you well enough to think I know what you'll be thinking I'm thinking about, then... actually, I don't know. You're distracting me. Stop it." ~Eight thinking about people thinking they know him well enough to think they know what he's thinking about. They actually have no idea.

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