The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who by Paul Cornell

The Missing Incarnation Confirmed?

Paul Cornell has written a one-off Doctor Who strip for IDW, The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who – and a frame in the preview (illustrated by Jimmy Broxton) seems to indicate that John Hurt’s Doctor is the ninth incarnation, as rumoured by many fans.

It’s been the hot topic ever since The Name of the Doctor ended – just how does John Hurt’s incarnation fit into things? Is he from an alternate reality? Does he predate the First Doctor? Could he be a lost incarnation? The answer might just be below…

John Hurt Doctor Identity Confirmed?

The frame, below, takes the form of an Andy Warhol portrait of the Doctor’s various incarnations, apparently first referred to in Cornell’s novelisation of The Scream of the Shalka (itself out on DVD soon) – another story that features what has since become an alternative incarnation. In the lower-left corner, you should see a single portrait, seemingly in shadows, situated between Doctors eight and nine…

Can you see the missing incarnation of the Doctor?


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Of course, we can’t take the events of a comic strip as complete canon (although Cornell himself would have something to say on that particular topic!) and it certainly shouldn’t be interpreted as leaking or spoiling what actually unfolds in the 50th anniversary… but then, what other explanation is there?

A the very least, let’s welcome the fact that Paul Cornell has written a new Doctor Who story. It’s been six long years since Human Nature/The Family of Blood, after all… The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who.

Christian Cawley

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+.

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