Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Steven Moffat reveals “you know nothing about the Doctor” while teasing John Hurt’s role!


In the build-up to its 50th anniversary episode, Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat has explained the casting of John Hurt as a new Doctor from his past.

As we reported earlier, British acting legend, John Hurt has been cast to play the role in the exciting, much-anticipated episode due for airing in November to coincide with the shows landmark birthday, and according to Moffat his presence has been made to remind the audience of who Doctor Who really is, as we don’t really know anything about him!

As fans of the hit show will know, and what we will see depicted in the biopic of the shows creation also due for release in November, the Doctor was first introduced, along with his granddaughter and original companion Susan and school teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright in the very first episode An Unearthly Child.


Apart from Susan, however, little is known about the Doctor’s life before the Tardis found its way to his garden, but not for long!

Speaking to Cave, Moffat explained:

“We’ve sort of got to the point, especially if you’re a fan, you sort of think you’ve made a list and you’ve got everything. And you look at it and think okay, you think you know everything about the Doctor? What’s his name? Who is he married to? Who were his children? Did he have any other grandchildren? What was his job? You know nothing about the Doctor… So occasionally we have to remind the audience.

“He could be lying to you. He is so reticent on information, he hasn’t introduced himself in 50 years. So I had that idea [of Hurt’s Doctor] kicking around for a while to shock everybody and say this man, who is defined by the secrets he keeps, has got a big one.”


“If you’re going to introduce a new Doctor from his past, it’s got to be a screen legend. Whoever turns around, you’ve got to go, ‘Wow! That’s amazing that they’re the Doctor!’ It can’t just be some bloke.”

Watch an interview with John Hurt discussing the episode in the clip below: