Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: John Hurt hints about his version of the Time Lord in special episode!

by Anna Howell


In the build-up to his 50th anniversary appearance as a version of Doctor Who, legendary British actor, John Hurt, has opened up about his part in the celebrations.

This November marks the Doctor Who landmark 50th anniversary, and to mark the occasion the BBC have pulled all the stops out.

Not only is there to be a biopic shown on BBC2 depicting how the series was created, starring David Bradley as the first ever Doctor William Hartnell, and a greatest moments special to be shown on BBC3, it is also bringing together many faces famous to the show, or the world in general in a special celebratory episode to be shown in homes and cinemas across the country, in both 2D and 3D on November 23rd.

Featuring in this special episode will be current Time Lord and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, as well as their predecessors David Tennant and Billie Piper, as well as John Hurt who has been cast as a version of the Doctor, 8.5 as it has been suggested by many.

And, whilst details of the storyline are being kept under close lock and key, John Hurt has spoken briefly about his part on the show.

Speaking to the Guardian, he revealed:

“I had no idea that Doctor Who had got so huge; I just thought, ‘Brilliant, I’ll be a Doctor!’ I was suddenly – what do they call it? You start ‘trending’. This is all new to me!”


On the subject of whether his version will be a “dark Doctor” he neither confirmed nor denied the reports, but added:

“Of course you have to remember that the Doctors are all one person, so I’m not outside of that.

“I can’t talk about it, but I will say I was really impressed when I did it. Both the previous Doctors – Matt Smith and David Tennant – boy, are they good at it. Whoa-wee! They are so quick, and there’s a huge amount of learning and no time to learn it in. All that fake scientific nonsense. Terribly difficult to learn.”

Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special

Hurt will join forces with Smith, Tennant, Piper, Coleman and a host other famous guests for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special on November 23rd – Watch him discussing the show in the clip below:

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  1. Robert on October 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Which UK cinemas is the 50th Aniversarry Special is it going to be shown in Hull cinemas is yes which one? pls e-mail me back as soon as youb get this

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