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The New "Doctor Who" Mini-Episode Just Blew Everybody's Minds

The Night Of The Doctor contains the most amazing surprise.

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That's only Paul McGann, back as the Eighth Doctor!

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McGann played the role just once, in the US-funded 1996 TV Movie that was not picked up for a full series. It's widely held that his performance was pretty much the only decent thing about that movie.

I was a bit dismayed, a bit gutted, but [the older Doctors] are not in it. There are all kinds of rumours doing the rounds. One gets tired of trying to refute things on Twitter and the like, but – take it from me – I'm not in it.
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So here he is, trying to rescue a young girl called Cass from a doomed spaceship.

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But Cass does not trust him. We are clearly in the thick of the Last Great Timewar, and the Timelords are as reviled as the Daleks.

The Sisterhood Of Karn!

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The Doctor and Cass crashland on Karn. We have met the Sisterhood before, in 1976's The Brain Of Morbius. They are the keepers of a sacred flame which protects the elixir of life. The Sisterhood Of Karn is also the name of a London-based society of gay Doctor Who fans who meet once a month upstairs at the King's Arms on Poland Street.

"I don't suppose there's any need for a Doctor anymore. Make me a warrior now."

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The episode also confirms what most people had suspected, that John Hurt's previously unseen Doctor came after the Eighth, and was the one forced to commit genocide against his own people to end the Timewar.

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Unable to really handle much of this right now.

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