Steven Moffat On The Origins Of The John Hurt Doctor


doctor whoWe’re just a little over a month away from the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of The Doctor. As we get closer and closer to the big day, we’re going to start hearing (and hopefully seeing) a lot more of what showrunner Steven Moffat has in store. We know we’re going to see Zygons, David Tennant, Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and the mysterious Doctor played by John Hurt. In a recent interview with SFX Magazine, Moffat opened up about the Hurt Doctor‘s origins. It gives us another piece of the puzzle but we still can’t see the picture clearly.

In the latest issue of SFX Magazine, out Wednesday, Moffat explained the idea behind the older, super secret, long-lost incarnation of our favorite Time Lord:

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. 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.

Moffat‘s comment about Johnny Depp may be a joke regarding the rumors that have popped up over the years about an American-made Doctor Who movie starring the actor. Regardless, Moffat gives us a few things to chew over while we wait for the secret of the Hurt Doctor to be revealed. It’s hard to guess why there’s an incarnation of The Doctor we’ve never heard of, but it would make sense for it to be Time War related. We know The Doctor went renegade (well even more so than usual) and used The Moment to time lock the Time War, thus trapping the Time Lords and Daleks forever-ish. What do you think about Moffat‘s comments? Do you have any theories on the Hurt Doctor?

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