Some spoilers have dropped regarding Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary – but you might not like it.
Guest star John Hurt (who has appeared in films such as Alien, V for Vendetta and Harry Potter) has teased some details about Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode in November. It hardly has to be said, but there are spoilers below.
At an event in Norfolk, Hurt said he plays “part of the Doctor” in a “kind of trinity” with Matt Smith and David Tennant. And according to TV Biz, his character will be a regeneration of the Doctor he has forgotten about. Hurt will play the Ninth Doctor, which means that Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor is actually the Tenth, Tennant is Eleven, and Smith is Twelve.
This also means Doctor Who‘s time is running out, as it has been stated in ‘The Deadly Assassin’, a 1976 episode, that a Time Lord can only regenerate twelve times before dying.
However, there have been loopholes suggested, including in a Sarah Jane Adventures serial, ‘Death of the Doctor’. We know Doctor Who reviver Russell T. Davies isn’t a fan of the “thirteen regenerations” rule, but he’s not in charge anymore.
Apparently Hurt’s Doctor won’t be accepted by the former 10th and 11th Doctors until their sonic screwdrivers confirm it.
Christopher Eccleston has turned down the opportunity to appear in the 50th anniversary special, and from what we know (unless the older Doctors are messing with us), none of the Doctors from the old series will be returning.
Moffat says the episode will “change the course of Who forever”.