Published on August 22nd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley
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…
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…
(You can see the full page at PaulCornell.com.)
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…