Holby City Welcomes The Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann

BBC One has announced that Paul McGann, perhaps best known as the eighth Doctor in Doctor Who, will join Holby City as Professor John Gaskell, a surgical star with irrepressible charm.

As Holby struggles under a crisis, Gaskell will arrive as the saviour of the hour, armed with a programme of surgical innovations – taking the hospital into an exciting but unknown future.

Head of Continuing Drama for BBC Scripted Studios, Oliver Kent, says: “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.”

Paul McGann begins filming in August, and will appear on screen from December.