The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special doesn’t air until the fall, but actor John Hurt has broken his silence about the role he’ll be playing in the 3D special. In the past, Hurt has claimed that he plays “part of the Doctor” in a “kind of trinity” with Matt Smith and David Tennant. However, while speaking at an event in Norfolk, the actor went into greater detail about his role in the one-off TV movie.
After Christopher Eccleston refused to return for as the Ninth Doctor, it became necessary to make some sort of compromise. A source explained to TV Biz that John Hurt is that compromise: “John will play the real Ninth Doctor. Christopher Eccleston has always been thought of as the Ninth Doctor but now that John has been revealed as the Ninth Doctor, it shuffles Eccleston’s Doctor to be the Tenth Time Lord, Tennant the 11th and Smith the 12th. It also means the Doctor’s time is running out as he can only regenerate 12 times.”
The source continued: “Steven loves a complex plot and there will be plenty of surprises along the way,” adding that “The reason the Doctor has forgotten his ninth incarnation will become clear but it’s to do with the Time War and his shame over his behaviour in it.”
“Tennant and Smith’s Doctors will at first refuse to accept Hurt is them — until their sonic screwdrivers confirm it and announce,” the source revealed. “‘He’s us. He’s the ninth us’.”
Further details via TV Biz:
Eagle-eyed fans have spotted that John Hurt’s costume bears a similarity to Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston’s — his version would have come between them.
A source said: “John was given a very familiar look that goes half way between two regenerations.” Billie Piper will also be returning as Rose Tyler, alongside Tennant. Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page will play Queen Elizabeth I.
There are also two episodes left in the current series. Fans will see villains the Cybermen at their scariest tomorrow in an episode penned by leading sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman, set on a planet turned into an alien amusement park.
As well as the familiar stomping metal monsters, the Doctor and assistant Clara face a new slimline version of the metal horrors that can RUN.
The series’ final episode teases fans with the biggest mystery of all — the Doctor’s real name.
Moffatt said the episode will “change the course of Who forever”.
He added: “It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctor’s greatest secret.
“We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible, and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far.”
This is such an alarmingly stupid development that I’m PRAYING it isn’t true. I’ve generally loved Steven Moffat’s tenure as Doctor Who showrunner, but this is a bridge too far.