Former Doctor Who lead actor Paul McGann is to join BBC One’s medical saga Holby City.
Paul (left) as The Doctor in Doctor Who, 1996
“I’m really excited to be joining Holby. Professor John Gaskell is certainly going to be an interesting character and I can’t wait to get started on the wards.” – Paul McGann
McGann is the latest personalty to sign up to the long running hospital-based saga. Paul, who will begin filming with the team in August, has been cast as Professor John Gaskell, a surgical star with, the beeb note, ‘irrepressible charm.’ The latest medical recruit to tread the wards at Holby City Hospital will be seen on screen from December 2017.
In the storyline the city hospital will struggles under a crisis with Gaskell ushered into the Holby City facility to save the day. As well as being the saviour of the medical centre, the professor will arrive armed with a programme of surgical innovations that will see Holby City Hospital taken into an exciting, but unknown, future.
In addition to his famous role as the eighth Doctor in Doctor Who, Paul has also featured in Withnail and I, Luther, Jonathan Creek, and Alien 3 and reprised his role of the Doctor in the 50th Anniversary celebration. Holby City is produced at the former ATV Elstree Centre in Borehamwood. While its production is based at BBC Elstree, its parent sister show Casualty, set in Holby’s Accident and Emergency department, is produced at the BBC Centre in Cardiff, Wales.
“I am utterly thrilled that the brilliant Paul McGann has agreed to join the cast of Holby City as Professor John Gaskell. I’ve admired Paul’s work for many years on stage, screen and radio and it’s a dream come true that he is joining our company. In his hands, John Gaskell will be a mercurial force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see him locking horns with Jac, Hanssen, Griffin and the other Holby titans.” – Oliver Kent, Head of Continuing Drama for BBC Scripted Studio