Doctor Who Series 8: John Hurt hints that his one-off 50th anniversary appearance as 8.5th Doctor could be extended to working with Peter Capaldi!

by Anna Howell


After the announcement that John Hurt is to play a one-off Doctor in this year’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, he has hinted that this may not be the last we see of him.

John Hurt will star in the celebratory episode as a previously-unknown, past incarnation of the Doctor, as previously introduced at the end of the series seven finale “The Name of the Doctor”, alongside current Time Lord Matt Smith and his companion Jenna-Louise Coleman and David Tennant and Billie Piper, who previously starred in Doctor Who as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler respectively.

The special episode, which will be shown in 2D & 3D in homes and cinemas across the country on November 23rd, is to be the first episode which will feature more than one Doctor without a regeneration, but according to a cryptic message on social networking site, Twitter, from John Hurt – it may not be the last time.

Fuelling the already growing rumour that his role in the show might be bigger than originally thought, Hurt tweeted the following congratulatory message to Peter Capaldi, who has recently been named as Smith’s successor:

“Congratulations, Peter Capaldi. I’m suboth and we will have a lot of fun”


Hmm, Capaldi has no place in the 50th episode, which may explain why the tweet was quickly deleted and replaced with:

“Congratulations to Peter Capaldi and to the BBC. Another splendid Doctor!”

This is not the only hint that Hurt’s role could actually return to the series, with him playing the 8.5 Doctor – a preview of Paul Cornell’s upcoming Doctor Who comic, The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, recently revealed the following image which has a rather confusing layout placing the silhouetted Doctor between Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston, the 8th and 9th Doctors.


With the recent acknowledgement from show runner Steven Moffat that the show is limited to only 12 regenerations, could this be the start of a .5 generation allowing for more stars to drive the famous Tardis?

It certainly could be an option…

Watch an interview with John Hurt discussing the 50th anniversary episode in the clip below:

1 Comment

  1. Chad on August 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    > is to be the first episode which will feature more than one Doctor without a regeneration

    This isn’t remotely true, even just since the re-start.

    The 10th, and 20th anniversaries were marked with multi-Doctor episodes. (“The Three Doctors” and “The Five Doctors”, respectively.

    In 1985 Troughton and Colin Baker were in “The Two Doctors”.

    There was a non-canon Red Nose Day special episode for the 30th Anniversary that had Doctors 3-7 all in it.

    And for the Children In Need telethon in 2007 there was a 7-minute special where the 10th Doctor (Tennant) met the 5th Doctor (Davison).

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