WTF is John Hurt doing in Doctor Who?!
By now I’m sure everyone has seen The Name of the Doctor, so lets talk about the ending!
There were rumors that John Hurt was going to be playing a Doctor in the 50th anniversary, but considering the news came from The Sun newspaper, everyone was skeptical. But no! It’s been confirmed. John Hurt is playing the Doctor. The question is; which one?
There are three theories floating around that I would like to discuss. Please feel free to give your opinions below.
The first, and most popular, is ‘the lost regeneration’ theory. Apparently this Doctor may be between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors and was responsible for ending the Time War. I cannot stress enough how much I hate this theory. Why would the Doctor never acknowledge this incarnation? It can’t be because he’s ashamed. He never has a problem with talking about the Time War and the genocides he committed. Besides, if Steven Moffat wants to talk about the Time War, why don’t he just bring back the Eighth Doctor? Paul McGann has said numerous times that he would come back if he was asked and the 50th anniversary would be an excellent opportunity to expand his character. I suppose I could buy that John Hurt is an older version of the Eighth Doctor, but, again, why don’t they just bring back Paul McGann? I hope to God that Steven Moffat won’t go this route. Surely he must realize that there will be a MASSIVE backlash if he starts drastically pissing around with the Doctor’s personal timeline. Implementing Clara into the classic series was awkward enough!
The second, and more logical, theory is that John Hurt will play a future Doctor. This actually makes more sense and I’ll tell you why. In the classic story Trial of a Time Lord, the Sixth Doctor encounters the Valeyard; a personification of darkness and corruption that is apparently between the Doctor’s twelfth and final incarnations. Doesn’t this just fit in so well with what’s been established at the end of The Name of the Doctor?! Also, bear in mind what Steven Moffat said about the 50th anniversary special. “It’s not about looking back, but rather looking toward the future”! What if he meant it literally?! Judging by the series finale, it certainly looks like the franchise may be taking a more serious and somber tone. What if the 50th anniversary special will become a dark omen, warning the Doctor as to who he might turn into if continues down his current path?! The Doctor is the most powerful being in the universe. All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. What if John Hurt’s Doctor is the one behind the battle on Trenzalore? Maybe that’s another reason why the Silence wanted to assassinate the Doctor in Series 6. To prevent this blood bath from occurring.
There’s a third theory floating around that hasn’t been getting much attention, but I think should definitely be considered because it is, by far, the most intriguing. There’s a rumor that John Hurt may be the Zero Doctor; the incarnation before William Hartnell. This is actually a pretty cool idea! Unlike the lost regeneration theory, this doesn’t spit in the face of die hard Whovians and could actually strengthen the character and franchise. At the end of The Name of the Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor dramatically exclaims that John Hurt didn’t act in the name of the Doctor. So technically William Hartnell could still be the First Doctor. What if John Hurt’s incarnation did something monstrous “in the name of peace and sanity”, but deeply regrets it? So he regenerates and takes on the mantle of the Doctor as a form of penance, to make up for the mistakes he made. In fact, wouldn’t it cool if the 50th anniversary took on a self fulfilling prophecy?! What if John Hurt sees all the good things that the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors have done and that inspires him to become the Doctor?!
There’s one last thing I want to talk about. It’s been established that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times, which means 13 incarnations. Now so far, the Doctor has technically regenerated 11 times (10 to change from one actor to another and that one time in Journey’s End when he created a clone of himself). Regardless of where we put John Hurt’s incarnation in the Doctor’s timeline, this is his final regeneration (in theory). Considering that The Name of the Doctor has dealt with things such as the Doctor’s final battle, death and tomb, I have to ask:
Is this the beginning of the end?
Plot twist: The next companion is a normal girl/boy who only dies once in their lifetime and has no remarkable back story but he thinks they’re wonderful because they are human and the Doctor needs reminding that you don’t need to be a mystery to be remarkable.
the thing you’re talking about is called classic who
the moment i stopped liking River Song was when Ten said “i am the Doctor” and she replied “not yet”. i was fucking furious. but yeah now i’m ok with her but still not a fan.
totally valid reason to not like her. Actually, i intensely disliked her pretty much all her behaviour in SitL/FotD, especially the treating Ten like a lesser Doctor because he hadn’t done… I don’t know, what’s Eleven actually done to make him so much MORE the Doctor anyway?