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Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Royal Visit’s John Hurt Revelations!

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s trip to the Doctor Who set has been a resounding success, with the extremely privileged couple given the chance to travel through time and space.

Charles and Camilla were fortunate enough to meet Nick Briggs, be harrassed by some Daleks and were also shown around the TARDIS set by a shorn Matt Smith and a very pretty Jenna-Louise Coleman. Chuckles ensued as the duchess was invited to pull the TARDIS lever, resulting in some lights, sound and artron magic!

What is intriguing about the visit, however, is the number of things we can glean from the various chats. For instance, in the video above you can hear Jenna explaining to the Prince of Wales:

“…we finished about two months ago. We had three different Doctors in here and we shot on 3D as well… yeah, three different Doctors. John Hurt, and David Tennant was back and Matt. Three different Doctors playing against each other”.

All of that jolly Dalek nonsense and Steven Moffat offering Charles a role (“I haven’t thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family. But Prince Charles’s attempt at being a Dalek was great. There would be a part in the show for him if he wanted it.”) aside, however, there is a darker side to this visit. It seems that The Telegraph has let on how John Hurt fits in…

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It seems that costume designer Howard Burden (who should know, given that it was his brief to dress John Hurt’s character) revealed the truth behind the so-called “dark Doctor” as he showed the royal couple a selection of costumes from the show.

“There was a gap between Paul McGann playing the Doctor and Christopher Eccleston, when we didn’t see a regeneration, and John Hurt will fit into that gap. He is a past Doctor, not a future Doctor.”


So, let the dismissals and claims of “what would he know?!” begin!

(With thanks to Joe)


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

7 Responses to Royal Visit’s John Hurt Revelations!

  1. I really was expecting a time wibbly and darker explanation for this “new” doctor

    • avatar Bob James says:

      I still think it will be a timey wimey Time Warry kind of thing. Perhaps in the midst of all the insane things that went on, Hurt’s Doctor is a “lost” or alternate incarnation. I think regenerative cycles didn’t matter so much in the War, what with both Rassilon and the Master getting resurrected, and God knows what else might have gone on. I don’t think, with all the merchandising to consider, that the BBC would throw off the numerical aspect of the Doctor’s incarnations. Not with all this merchandise still running Doctors 1 through 11, and the announcement that 12 is on the way.

  2. avatar Paul Blume says:

    Sooooooo…that renders 11, 12. Or does it?

  3. avatar Geoff says:

    I really hope that’s not it because I see it as a wasted opportunity to have had Paul McGann back in the show. Sure Mr Hurt is a big star and I think it’s great he’s doing Doctor Who because the man in an excellent actor, but do is Paul McGann, I mean he’s a film star too! I really hope John Hurt is an all new incarnation in a way that doesn’t leave me thinking that Paul McGann could have filled the space just as well.

  4. avatar joesiegler says:

    I think that his existance will be stuck inside the time War, and when it’s over resetting everyhting back to the way it was, Hurt’s Doctor will be stuck in there, and the known order will be retained.

  5. avatar Ian says:

    I liked Matts answer to Nicolas (fawning) Witchell, ‘Would the Prince make a good Doctor’, Matt replied ‘He would have to audition like everyone else’ :)

  6. avatar Darrell Caldwell says:

    I just realized that John Hurt was in Alien and Paul McGann was in Aien 3…so clearly its the BBC’s sly hint that Sigourney Weaver will be cast as the first female Doctor! :-) Seriosuly tho, if Matt does get moved into being the 12th Doctor, then we may in for a new baddie that rivals the Master for arch Nemesisness…recall The Valeyard was revealed to be a “distillation of the Doctor’s dark side from between his 12th and final regeneration”…
    Now it would seem that the 13 lives/12 regenerations limit has been lifted, and the Time War explicitly revealed long dead Time Lords were resurrected (over and over again in fact) so no worries that the Doctor will run out any time soon, the Master from the Trial time period(timeline?) may have simply been unaware of this or may have had something to do with his creation, but regardless if the how it does seem Moffat may be keen to bring on the Doctors uber villain of all time – himself. I say bring it on!

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