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John Hurt cast in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary

John Hurt Thinks Kissing in Doctor Who is OK

Weighing in on the debate on the overt sexualisation of Doctor Who, 50th anniversary special guest star John Hurt disagrees that the show is too sexual.

John Hurt cast in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary

Speaking at a dinner at the W Hotel to celebrate the Liberatum Cultural Honour awarded to Hurt, the Alien actor playfully told The Telegraph:

“I’m not sure about that…I’d never begrudge a kiss, or a kissing scene.”

Someone who may begrudge the Doctor a kiss is An Unearthly Child/100,000 BC director Waris Hussein whose comment that the show had lost its mystery by having an increased sexual element to the show started a debate across all generations of Who fans.

Hurt is currently filming his scenes for the anniversary episode.

“I’m in the middle of filming; I start again at 9am tomorrow. It’s brilliant and I am getting to work with David Tennant, who I have a lot of time for.”

However, just who or what he’ll be playing, he won’t say:

“I’m sworn to secrecy about my character and my scenes.”

He also adds that it had never been an ambition of his to join the series, but when the offer came he couldn’t say no:

“I’d never thought about it to be honest, but, as soon as they asked me, I knew what my answer would be.”

Hmm. Sounds like a fan to me…


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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