Abandon All Hope Of Being Unspoilered Ye Who Enter Here
John Hurt…the speculation is already flying around the web. Is he really the Ninth Doctor? Is he the true First Doctor? Is he the Valeyard? Who is John Hurt’s Doctor? It really is a John Hurt moment…and for fans of Steve Moffat’s first big success in the United States- “Coupling”, that phrase has indelible meaning.
Namely (NSFW Clip):
It must have been quite interesting for John Hurt appearing on the set with Steve Moffat….The reference, of course, is to the chest burster from “Alien”.
Right now, the Whovian fandom is in an uproar, which is probably the best way in which a season finale should be.
The current theories range from the idea that John Hurt is playing the man who became the First Doctor. That is he is the man who did something that caused The Doctor to make the promise that he not only stole the TARDIS, but took the name The Doctor.
Another theory is that Hurt is playing the true Ninth Doctor and that Smith is the Twelfth and not the Eleventh. This is certainly a possibility given what we know about The Doctor, but it does create the problem with the fact that the next regeneration would be The Doctor’s last…unless, of course, it turns out that River giving up all of her regenerations extended the life of The Doctor well beyond the norm for a Time Lord.
The tabloid The Sun claims that this is the plot for the 50th, but it could also be misinformation to throw people off the scent.
It would also be interesting to see if this delving into the past could be what restore the Time Lords. I’ve always kind of disliked the idea that the Time Lords were completely obliterated.
So, we have until November before we find out who John Hurt is playing. There are a lot of different bits and bobs floating around, but that is what we will have to wait to find out.
This is going to be so much fun.
Yes, John Hurt played Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter movies…David Tennant played Barty Crouch, Jr in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”…and yes, Sylvester McCoy played Radagast the Brown in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, but here’s the real ticket…In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is played by Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock”. In “Sherlock”, the character of Mycroft Holmes is played by Mark Gatiss…who we all know from a LOT of Doctor Who- from Danny Boy to Gantok to Lazarus. It all loops back in on itself. So, what we have now is a really big loop between the three universes.
Monitoring how things are going let me say this….
In the immortal words of one of the writers of Doctor Who- “Don’t Panic”.