Sylvester McCoy, 77, played the seventh and final, incarnation of the Doctor in the original Doctor Who race.
While he jokes that he ‘killed the character’ for a while when he was cast aside in the ’80s, the Scottish actor is proud of the way his portrayal of the iconic character helped change the way the series has progressed in the 21st century.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Sylvester insists he injected ‘sadness’, ‘darkness’ and ‘danger’ into the role, which wasn’t always there before.
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EXCLUSIVE: Doctor Who actor Sylvester McCoy, 77, reflects on how his “ dark and dangerous ” seasons have changed the series forever. Photographed in 1987
The seasons of the 13 Doctors have now dropped on BritBox in Australia, including Sylvester’s three seasons between 1987 and 1989.
Sylvester said he and a Canadian screenwriter in the ’80s took the keys to the TARDIS and added’ sadness’, ‘mystery’, ‘darkness’,’ uncertainty ‘and’ danger ‘ ‘for the Doctor, which changed the way Doctor Who was viewed quite dramatically.
The actor, who also starred in The Hobbit, said he felt the need to bring the “ darker ” concepts to the role the Doctor has been living for 950 years.
“ Someone said the other day that I was the first person to bring this weight from the universe he had traveled to, ” he said.
“ I was the first person to bring this weight of the universe ”: Sylvester said he added “ sadness ”, “ darkness ” and “ uncertainty ” to the Doctor, which in turn changed the way Doctor Who was viewed quite dramatically
“ I thought it might not be that good then, but hey they’re not that bad now ”: Sylvester is “ incredibly surprised ” by the way his former Doctor Who seasons have aged
Although proud of his heritage now, Sylvester said he didn’t always enjoy looking at his work in the ’80s.
“When he first came out I was looking at him, but when I walked in I was hiding behind the sofa,” he joked.
However, lately the actor has reviewed his episode and has been “ incredibly surprised ” by the way he has aged: “ There have been episodes where I thought maybe weren’t very good at the time, well they are not. bad now.
‘I haven’t met Jodie [Whittaker, Thirteenth Doctor 2018–present] again, and I want to meet her ”: Sylvester joked that it was ‘baffling’, now there is a female doctor he could imagine
“ When the 21st century doctors suddenly came, fans loved it and went looking for more and found us ”: Sylvester says he’s so thrilled new generations are enjoying his seasons
However, Sylvester says he’s so thrilled and joyful that the next generation got to experience Doctor Who in the 13 seasons that followed his.
“ When the doctors of the 21st century suddenly arrived fans loved it and went looking for more and found us [the original Doctors], and loved us! It was just fun and joy. To have a young man come to you and say “you are my favorite doctor” – it gives me such pleasure and such joy, really.
“We see each other a lot at conventions, especially in 20th century classical physicians. We see each other a lot and I’ve bumped into and met David Tennant (tenth doctor 2005–10), Matt Smith (eleventh doctor 2010–13) and Christopher Eccleston (ninth doctor 2005), and I really enjoy their company.
‘I haven’t met Jodie [Whittaker, Thirteenth Doctor 2018–present] again, and I want to meet her. I find it a little disconcerting that suddenly there is a doctor that I could imagine. I find it very strange, ” he joked
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