Theories have been running rampant since John Hurt joined the Doctor Who cast about just exactly who he’s playing, especially after the finale of Series 7 where he was credited as “The Doctor”. Dun dun duuuuuun.

From The Telegraph,

Costume designer Howard Burden, who showed the royal couple a selection of costumes from the show, disclosed that the anniversary episode will feature John Hurt, who will play a “dark Doctor” seen briefly at the end of the last series.

He said: “There was a gap between Paul McGann playing the Doctor and Christopher Eccleston, when we didn’t see a regeneration, and John Hurt will fit into that gap. He is a past Doctor, not a future Doctor.”

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Considering that he’s wearing a leather jacket that’s quite familiar to us,


And also given that this was reported back in May:

Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press, the 73-year-old revealed that he plays “part of the Doctor” in a “kind of trinity” which includes David Tennant.

It isn’t clear exactly where Tennant fits into the picture since the most recent news is that Hurt’s Doctor is something like an 8.5, but I suppose we’ll see what’s up with that soon enough. The most widely-held belief about Tennant’s role in the 50th is that he would be returning with Billie Piper and playing Handy, the Doctor half of the Doctor-Donna that spawned from Ten’s severed hand. However, if what Hurt says is accurate, it opens up more possibilities about what Tennant will be up to.

I must admit that it’s very likely true that Hurt will be portraying a past Doctor, and that it will likely be somewhere between Eight and Nine. However, I must also admit that I’m disappointed. I feel that the Time War is something that is done and that we’ve put behind us, and that there’s really no need to revisit it. A friend and I had toyed with the idea that Hurt’s Doctor is actually pre-Doctor. Let me explain: “Doctor” is a name that he chose for himself, not his given name. We don’t actually know when he chose that name, though we can assume it’s not too far off from the time we meet the First Doctor. So he’d lived a life before he officially became The Doctor – a life that, until now, has remained largely unexplored. It’s a whole gleaming, glittering, playing field for writers, in my opinion, because there really are no restrictions; placing a new bit of pivotal story in the middle of an already existing story is going to require a lot of logical Tetris to have all the pieces falling into place perfectly. Just my two cents.

What do you guys think?

Sources: The Mirror, The Telegraph, Digital Spy

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