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John Hurt's character origin revealed in the Doctor Who mini-prequel The Night of the Doctor

Nov. 14, 2013by:

As the day quickly approaches to air the DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary special, fans today have a nice treat in the form of a seven minute mini-episode that reveals the origin of John Hurt's character introduced in the season finale. Hurt was credited simply as The Doctor at the end of that episode and will appear in the November 23rd episode airing simultaneously around the world alongside current and prior Doctors Matt Smith and David Tennant.

The special episode is also being presented as a way to guarantee another long run of DOCTOR WHO series beginning with the new series featuring Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. I came into DOCTOR WHO late with the Matt Smith series and have loved the campy yet intelligent science fiction show that would never have lasted fifty years if it was produced in America.

This mini-sode also features the return of Paul McGann who played The Doctor only once in a FOX television movie that was intended to be the pilot for an American take on the show. McGann was the Eighth Doctor and here we see how his fate is connected to that of Tennant, Smith, and Hurt.

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8:30AM on 11/15/2013
It's a nice short for fans of the series - shame they made it with much cheaper effects than the current Doctor Who series, but for an added bonus it's a fun one.
It's a nice short for fans of the series - shame they made it with much cheaper effects than the current Doctor Who series, but for an added bonus it's a fun one.
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6:11AM on 11/15/2013

Really?

Are some people really not understanding that Hurt's War Doctor was between McGann's and Ecclestone's Doctor and because of his nature as a warrior isn't acknowledged by the other regenerations as a true Doctor therefore probably won't be counted by the other Doctors? That is to say Ecclestone is a 10th regeneration but a 9th Doctor.

Having said that I would love to see more of McGann's Doctor and hope he appears somehow in the episode. Failing that there is always Big Finish's 'Light at the
Are some people really not understanding that Hurt's War Doctor was between McGann's and Ecclestone's Doctor and because of his nature as a warrior isn't acknowledged by the other regenerations as a true Doctor therefore probably won't be counted by the other Doctors? That is to say Ecclestone is a 10th regeneration but a 9th Doctor.

Having said that I would love to see more of McGann's Doctor and hope he appears somehow in the episode. Failing that there is always Big Finish's 'Light at the End' audio adventure with the 4th-8th Doctor's reprising their roles.

Well worth a dip.
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1:36AM on 11/15/2013
great to see The Eighth Doctor back even for a short while can't wait for next Saturday
great to see The Eighth Doctor back even for a short while can't wait for next Saturday
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10:23PM on 11/14/2013

Answers - maybe...

I have seen every Doctor Who episode since the 3rd Doctor (just my bio so you know i am not talking out of my ass). I think that maybe Hurt is an off-shoot - like when the10th became human in "human nature". If you notice, Hurt looks young, but in the name of the doctor he was old. Well timelords shouldnt age - so i think 8th became hurt to fight the war and then actually regen'd into 9th (chris ecc). At first i thought Hurt was the Valeyard (another off-shoot - watch the trial of the
I have seen every Doctor Who episode since the 3rd Doctor (just my bio so you know i am not talking out of my ass). I think that maybe Hurt is an off-shoot - like when the10th became human in "human nature". If you notice, Hurt looks young, but in the name of the doctor he was old. Well timelords shouldnt age - so i think 8th became hurt to fight the war and then actually regen'd into 9th (chris ecc). At first i thought Hurt was the Valeyard (another off-shoot - watch the trial of the timelord). There was also the white watcher guy - he was between the 4th and 5th doctor. So these off-shoots have happened before. We just have to see what Moffat has in store - i was just glad to see the 8th doctor again! He didnt get a fair shake.
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5:23PM on 11/15/2013
This makes more sense, than my hypothesis.
This makes more sense, than my hypothesis.
7:39PM on 11/14/2013

Continuity?

I read somewhere the other day that Chris Eccleston was supposed to be in the upcoming episode, but was unable to do it, so they went with the John Hurt route. I'm curious how they're going to explain (if they do at all), the connection of McGann as the eighth doctor, and Eccleston as the ninth doctor, if they're portraying Hurt as the ninth doctor according to this mini-sode. Also, at the end of Smith's final episode a few months back, when Hurt was announced, it was said that he is the
I read somewhere the other day that Chris Eccleston was supposed to be in the upcoming episode, but was unable to do it, so they went with the John Hurt route. I'm curious how they're going to explain (if they do at all), the connection of McGann as the eighth doctor, and Eccleston as the ninth doctor, if they're portraying Hurt as the ninth doctor according to this mini-sode. Also, at the end of Smith's final episode a few months back, when Hurt was announced, it was said that he is the twelfth doctor. I'm seeing a continuity problem here, but I'm sure it will all work itself out.

Perhaps McGann's doctor is separate from the traditional timeline of the rest of the doctor's, being that he was set in the American movie pilot, and claimed in this mini-sode, when first introducing himself to Cass, that he was 'the doctor, but probably not the one you're expecting', as well saying that he's 'not part of the war... never was'.

Regardless of how they approach all this, I'm very much looking forward to the 23rd, with high anticipation!!
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11:58PM on 11/14/2013
I don't think Eccleston was ever involved. He hated working on the show and working with Moffat. That's why he only stayed on for one season.
I don't think Eccleston was ever involved. He hated working on the show and working with Moffat. That's why he only stayed on for one season.
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4:58PM on 11/14/2013
Ok now the 23rd can't get here soon enough, because now I have questions that need to be answered. The biggest being if McGann's Doctor became the Doctor that is John Hurt where did the Eccleston Doctor come from?
Ok now the 23rd can't get here soon enough, because now I have questions that need to be answered. The biggest being if McGann's Doctor became the Doctor that is John Hurt where did the Eccleston Doctor come from?
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7:43PM on 11/14/2013
I'm thinking that there might be two different doctor timelines, the original series (with John Hurt becoming the ninth doctor), as well as the 2005 series (although this doesn't explain how Eccleston is the ninth, Tennant the tenth, and Smith the eleventh - with Smith's final episode showing Hurt as the twelfth).

However they work it out, I'm sure it will be amazingly entertaining!!
I'm thinking that there might be two different doctor timelines, the original series (with John Hurt becoming the ninth doctor), as well as the 2005 series (although this doesn't explain how Eccleston is the ninth, Tennant the tenth, and Smith the eleventh - with Smith's final episode showing Hurt as the twelfth).

However they work it out, I'm sure it will be amazingly entertaining!!
7:08AM on 11/15/2013
McGann regenerated into Hurt. Hurt regenerated into Eccleston. Fairly straightforward, isn't it?
McGann regenerated into Hurt. Hurt regenerated into Eccleston. Fairly straightforward, isn't it?
3:09PM on 11/14/2013

Pssst...

McGann was the eighth Doctor. The underrated Christopher Eccleston was the Ninth.

"Campy yet intelligent" is precisely the words I've been searching for to describe this awesome show.

I'm almost caught up, looking to binge on Season 7 and a couple missed Specials unavailable on Netflix before The Day.
McGann was the eighth Doctor. The underrated Christopher Eccleston was the Ninth.

"Campy yet intelligent" is precisely the words I've been searching for to describe this awesome show.

I'm almost caught up, looking to binge on Season 7 and a couple missed Specials unavailable on Netflix before The Day.
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7:25PM on 11/14/2013
Eccleston has been my favorite Doctor so far. I really wish he had a longer take on the series.
Eccleston has been my favorite Doctor so far. I really wish he had a longer take on the series.
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