Last night the Atlantis episode ‘Sunday’ premiered in the UK, British fans joining their Canadian counterparts in watching the demise of the much loved ‘Dr Carson Beckett’. On March 1st in conjunction with UK fansite, The Gateroom (English version only), Stargate Solutions and German Fansite, The Stargate Project (German version only), we follow up ‘Starburst Magazine’ with a brand new interview with Paul McGillion.
The Save Carson Beckett campaign is also pleased to announce the release of an EXCLUSIVE audio message to fans from Paul himself, also released March 1st with the interview and only available at http://www.savecarsonbeckett.com. The actor talks about his time on the series, his thoughts about leaving the show as well his recent work including ‘A Dog’s Breakfast’.
Here’s a taste of what to look forward to:
“Q: The decision to write out Carson has generated a huge debate, especially online. Do you think that Carson’s demise would cause such uproar?
Paul: The fact that Carson was written out and the fans have kind of ‘rallied the troops’ so to speak is really flattering to me as an actor and I think testament to the character that the fellas at Atlantis gave me the opportunity to play for three years. As far as commenting on the uproar, I don’t know what to say. Again it’s really flattering. My agent’s received hundreds of letter and I know that ‘the-powers-that-be’ have received a lot of fan mail. And SCIFI and MGM have also received fan mail regarding the demise of the character.
So, again it’s pretty flattering. I’ve had a fantastic time working on it. They had their reasons, I don’t know exactly what those are but it was something that they thought might be able to shake things up a little with the series, seeing SG-1 was cancelled and they figured that they might need to ‘shake things up’ with Atlantis.
To be honest with you I was disappointed at the time but at the same time I had done three years on the series and it’s been such a great thing for me. I’ve been in the business for quite a while and I guess all good things come to an end. That being said if there’s ever an opportunity for Carson to come back in any capacity I would be willing to look at that opportunity because I had such a great time working with the cast and crew especially.”
Watch out for the rest of the interview on March 1st at:
Europe – 6pm GMT
North America – 10am PST/1pm EST