The Day Of The Doctor: Steven Moffat Hints At The Secrets Of John Hurt's Dark Doctor

Steven Moffat has dropped hints about the secrets behind the mysterious incarnation of the Doctor played by John Hurt in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special The Day Of The Doctor. Hurt was briefly glimpsed in the closing moments of the last episode of series 7 and will go on to play a bigger role in the special. 

Rumours and theories have abounded since on his identity and his place within the Doctor's timeline.

Talking to SFX magazine, Moffat says of the dark and enigmatic character:

“Why not a mayfly Doctor, who exists for one show only? I’d often thought about that. Would it be weird in the run of the series to have the 45th Doctor turn up and be played by Johnny Depp or someone? Would that be a cool thing to do? There was also the idea that if you could bring one classic Doctor back, you’d actually, impossibly, want it to be William Hartnell. You wouldn’t want any of the others. You’d want him to come and say ‘What in the name of God have I turned into?’ That’s the confrontation that you most want to see, to celebrate 50 years. Going round and round in circles on it I just thought ‘What about a Doctor that he never talks about?’ And what if it is a Doctor who’s done something terrible, who’s much deadlier and more serious, who represents that thing that is the undertow in both David and Matt. You know there’s a terrible old man inside them. Well, here he is, facing the children he becomes, as it were.”

You can read the full interview and see exclusive pictures from The Day Of The Doctor in the new issue of SFX, out tomorrow (Wednesday 16th October).

The Day of the Doctor stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. The 75 minute TV special will be simulcast in 2D and 3D by broadcasters around the world on Saturday 23rd November and will also be screened in 3D in cinemas worldwide