Esteemed actor John Hurt found himself facing a huge challenge while playing the Doctor in “The Day of the Doctor” — no, not portraying a centuries-old alien, but rather all that timey-wimey technobabble!
Hurt told Britain’s Guardian:
“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.”
Does anyone think it’s important that he calls Matt and David “previous Doctors”? He probably means that as “actors who have played the role before me,” but still…
Anyway, Hurt did say he loved one thing in particular about taking on the role: the fans!
“I’ve done a couple of conferences where you sit and sign autographs for people and then you have photographs taken with them and a lot of them all dressed up in alien suits or Doctor Who whatevers. I was terrified of doing it because I thought they’d all be loonies, but they are absolutely, totally charming as anything. It’s great fun. I’m not saying it’s the healthiest thing – I don’t know whether it is or isn’t – but they are very charming….”
So bravo to those fans who have been lucky enough to meet Hurt — thanks for staying classy!