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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

John Hurt Confirmed to Play "The Doctor" in Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

By Dave Bouressa

In the words of River Song, "Spoilers...."

It has been confirmed that John Hurt will be playing The Doctor alongside Matt Smith and David Tennant in the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, coming this November.

A report from Eastern Daily Press states:

Mr Hurt, who lives near Cromer, earlier told the EDP he had just finished shooting a Dr Who 3D special in which he plays “part of the Doctor” in a “kind of trinity” which includes David Tennant.

Rumors have been stating that Hurt's Doctor who will be a combination of several Doctors, while others have been stating that his Doctor will be an older version of the 8th Doctor, who fought in the Time War against the Daleks.

Now, I'm not going to pick sides here, but take a look at Hurt's costume, and then look at this costume showing the 8th Doctor's original costume, his "Time War" costume, and the 9th Doctor's outfit.

Judging from the pictures, you can  clearly see remnants of the 8th and 9th Doctor's outfits, but how will the Time War be played into this?

Fans of the show know that the Time Lords (The Doctor's Race) and the Daleks were at War for the reality of Space and Time. We don't know what happened in that war, and the show runners have gone out of their way to make sure we don't know. The only thing we know is that The Doctor did "something" that destroyed the Daleks and ended the war, but destroying his own people in the process, leaving him as "The Last of the Time Lords". Aside from the fact that the Daleks ended up surviving, and there was another Time Lord (The Master), the idea that The Doctor is more of a warrior, and "can turn an army around at the mention of his name" has certainly played into the show much more and turned the character completely around from what he used to be.

The Time War has played a massive role in the series since it's revival in 2005. and we have slowly been finding out more about it and finding out that perhaps The Doctor really isn't the caring, pure-of-heart, old man that we thought he was...

Seeing how the final episode before the 50th Anniversary (that we know of) is called "The Name of The Doctor", and has been said by head writter Steven Moffat to "change the future of Doctor Who forever", it will certainly be interesting to see where this next step will take us.

All I can say at this point is straighten your bow-tie, put on your converse sneakers, and A-LONSY! It's going to be a bumpy ride! GERONIMO!!!


  1. I disagree. Clara said that she saw 11 different faces. That means she saw the 8th Doctor. So, this is not the 8th Doctor.

    I believe this to be the mysterious old Time Lord known as "the Other". "The Other" was going to be used as part of the story arc for season 27th for the 7th Doctor. In seasons 25 and 26, small hints about "the Other" were dropped. However, because the show was cancelled, the story arc was never used.

    "The Other" was a mysterious Time Lord form the ancient days of Gallifrey (so old and Mysterious, his name has been lost to time). He was there with Rassilon and Omega when the Eye of Harmony was created, allowing time travel possible. However, being witness to the sacrifice/murder of Omega to create the Eye of Harmony, and his opposal to Rassilon's opressive rein over the Time Lords, he feared for his and his Granddaughter's life (Susan, the last child born on Gallifrey before all Time Lords became sterile). He sent Susan away, and sacrificed himself to the Looms that weaved Time Lord DNA to create new Time Lords. Eons pass, and "the Other's" DNA eventually resurfaces in a new Time Lord known as the Doctor. Being disenchanted with Time Lord society, he steals a TARDIS. However, a device known as the Hand of Omega follows him into the TARDIS, recognizing the Doctor as one of it's creator's. It then over-rides the controls and the the locks that prevent the TARDIS from traveling back to the "Old Times". There he ends up a year after "the Other" sacrificed himself. He runs into Susan, who immediately recognizes this man to be her Grandfather. Deep down, the Doctor knows it is true, and they flee Gallifrey together . . . and you know the rest of the story.

    So, I believe John Hurt will be playing "the Other", the Time Lord demigod that eventually became the Doctor. That is why the Doctor said that is who he is, but that he is not The Doctor.