The Doctor is In: The Return of Paul McGillion
The DVD special about the return of Carson Beckett to Stargate Atlantis, which Joe Mallozzi mentioned was in the works months ago, is now released! Lighthearted but respectful, it’s a great tribute to Carson, Paul, and our campaign.
The special is 14 minutes long and is on DVD #2 in the US box set for Season 4, or on the second individual DVD in the UK. It begins with Martin Gero covering the infamous demonstration and pipe band event outside Bridge Studios in March of 07. Martin interviewed fans, asking over and over whether they would protest the death of other characters, a war, etc. Our own TJ and Jenner are featured as well, bless their wet selves.
The footage is intercut with later-filmed studio footage of Gero and writer/producer Alan McCullough, who admits the intensity of fan reaction to Carson’s death was surprising. They discuss how the seeds of Carson’s return were planted at the end of Season 3 and early in Season 4. McCullough gives great kudos to Paul’s performance in “Kindred”, which McCullough wrote.
From there, the special moves on to Paul’s return to the set in Season 4, with hilarious footage of Paul messing around, alone and with David Hewlett and Jason Momoa. Paul gives his thoughts in an intercut interview as well, making it clear how happy he is to be back filming. McCullough discusses how the end of “Kindred Part 2”, in which Carson is placed in stasis, was the goodbye we were denied in “Sunday”.
There are bits of campaign memorabilia throughout the special, including our Scottish flags and Paul holding up a SaveCarson tee-shirt on his first day back. Well done!
We’d like to thank the Stargate Atlantis production for a lovely tribute to Carson Beckett and for acknowledging our wee campaign as well.