A rather curious rumour concerning the 50th anniversary has been doing the rounds of late, one that should nevertheless be given a bit of airtime because of what it represents in Doctor Who lore.
If true, this is a rather massive spoiler, so we would rather you look away now (particularly if you’re using an RSS reader or Google Reader alternative), rather than risking your wrath. Additionally, we have wrapped the potential spoiler up in a special hide/reveal button, which you won’t see until you scroll down below the following image of John Hurt…
Before you continue, please be aware that nothing here is official – we’re looking at rumours and speculating.
So: John Hurt. Dressed interestingly in a cravat, waistcoat, trousers, possibly wearing a shoulder bag and a leather jacket.
A particular type of leather jacket… so to summarise:
The look sported by John Hurt is a sort of combination of the three above outfits, worn by Paul McGann’s awesome Eighth Doctor in 1996 and 2011 and Christopher Eccleston’s much-missed Ninth Doctor in 2005.
Hold that thought one moment, as we continue.
We’ve heard from two sources that the 50th anniversary story – which remember is to have a limited cinematic release – will have elements of the Time War as a backdrop. Furthermore a recent report in io9.com fills out the rumour with some detail:
the 50th Anniversary special’s major guest star, legendary actor John Hurt, is going to be playing… the Doctor. And not just some future or alternate Doctor, but the real 9th Doctor, an incarnation that was somehow forgotten in the insanity of the Time War. And in case you’re thinking this is all part of an absurdly elaborate “Screw you” to Christopher Eccleston, fear not — the rumor claims that, as Hurt emerges as the forgotten 9th Doctor, Eccleston becomes the 10th, David Tennant the 11th, and Matt Smith the 12th.
Of course we shouldn’t treat rumours with anything more than raised eyebrows, and I personally think that any renumbering of the Doctors would be extremely unlikely.
However, the fact remains that Hurt is dressed in a manner that resembles two former Doctors, and given what we’re lead to believe about the horrific nature of the Time War, would it be all that surprising to find that we have yet another version of the Eighth or Ninth Doctors?
Or even a future Doctor, for that matter?
What do you think – baseless rumour or cinematic gold?
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