The Day of the Doctor is coming – but if Steven Moffat’s recent comments are anything to go by, Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special might as well be called “The Day of the John Hurt”…
Chatting with the Radio Times, the writer and Executive Producer praised veteran actor John Hurt – cast when Christopher Eccleston withdrew – describing him both as scene stealing and “grumpy”.
It was great fun. You’d have David and Matt, they’d be leaping around the set and doing every form of physical comedy with each other – and, you know, slightly competing about who could be slightly more insane than the other – and then John Hurt would come along and do this [tiny movement] with his eyes and you go ‘That’s it – he’s got the scene now hasn’t he?’
It seems that not only was the first man to have an Alien burst through his chest a master of out-acting his co-stars, he was also grumpy. Or not, as the case may be.
John was delightful – delightfully grumpy in every single way. During our last meal [while filming] he got grumpy about the fact that he liked the wine!
He’s not actually grumpy, he’s actually a really, really lovely man.
We’ll see just how good Hurt is when The Day of the Doctor airs on TVs and cinemas worldwide (I can’t believe I’m typing this) on November 23rd!