Some new photos from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode, The Day Of The Doctor, have been released. While it is great to see David Tennant and Matt Smith it is the photo of John Hurt that is the most intriguing.
As you can see below, his version of the Doctor appears to be wearing Paul McGann’s (8th Doctor) waistcoat and Christopher Eccleston’s (9th Doctor) leather jacket which seems to confirm he is the Doctor between them. That would make him the 9th Doctor and Eccleston the 10th. I wonder if there will be regeneration scenes involving Hurt?
Steven Moffat was also chatting to SFX about John Hurt’s Doctor:
Why not a mayfly Doctor, who exists for one show only? I’d often thought about that. Would it be weird in the run of the series to have the 45th Doctor turn up and be played by Johnny Depp or someone? Would that be a cool thing to do? There was also the idea that if you could bring one classic Doctor back, you’d actually, impossibly, want it to be William Hartnell. You wouldn’t want any of the others. You’d want him to come and say ‘What in the name of God have I turned into?’ That’s the confrontation that you most want to see, to celebrate 50 years. Going round and round in circles on it I just thought ‘What about a Doctor that he never talks about?’ And what if it is a Doctor who’s done something terrible, who’s much deadlier and more serious, who represents that thing that is the undertow in both David and Matt. You know there’s a terrible old man inside them. Well, here he is, facing the children he becomes, as it were
The 50th anniversary episode airs on BBC One on Saturday November 23, running for 75 minutes. It will also be shown in 3D at cinemas.