So, just who is the John Hurt Doctor? What is he, where does he come from and how does he impact that life of our favourite Time Lord? Since he appeared at the end of The Name of the Doctor, this hitherto unknown incarnation has set comment threads and web forums a-chatter.
Speaking to SFX issue 241 – out on Wednesday – Steven Moffat offered some of his thoughts into the background for this incarnation, where he comes from (in a purely creative sense, you understand).
Why not a mayfly Doctor, who exists for one show only? I’d often thought about that. Would it be weird in the run of the series to have the 45th Doctor turn up and be played by Johnny Depp or someone? Would that be a cool thing to do? There was also the idea that if you could bring one classic Doctor back, you’d actually, impossibly, want it to be William Hartnell. You wouldn’t want any of the others.
You’d want him to come and say ‘What in the name of God have I turned into?’ That’s the confrontation that you most want to see, to celebrate 50 years.
That sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it?
Moffat then continues, referencing things that we think we know already thanks to The Name of the Doctor…
Going round and round in circles on it I just thought ‘What about a Doctor that he never talks about?’ And what if it is a Doctor who’s done something terrible, who’s much deadlier and more serious, who represents that thing that is the undertow in both David and Matt. You know there’s a terrible old man inside them.
Well, here he is, facing the children he becomes, as it were.
SFX 241 is a big Doctor Who 50th anniversary treat, and you shouldn’t miss it. It goes on sale Wednesday 16th October!