Where Did the ‘Hurt Doctor’ Come From?

DotD3DOCTOR WHO chief Steven Moffat shared more insight into the Doctor’s 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” with the current issue of SFX magazine, including the genesis of the Doctor played by John Hurt.

Moffat said:

“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 [First Doctor] 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 [Tennant] and Matt [Smith]? You know there’s a terrible old man inside them.

“Well, here he is, facing the children he becomes, as it were.”

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Big Changes Promised for DOCTOR WHO’s 50th

DotD6Executive producer/lead writer Steven Moffat told the new issue of SFX magazine that DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,”  is going to change the direction of the series forever.

Moffat told the magazine:

“We’ve got to set the Doctor off in a brand new direction. It’s chapter two of his life. Now something happens to him that changes the way he thinks and the way he will adventure from now on. You can celebrate an anniversary in many ways – I think the most productive one within the narrative is to say “This is where the story really starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny.”

Now, how many times have we heard that promise from a TV producer, and sure, things change for an episode or two, but sooner or later the status quo is resurrected. Add to that the maxim “Moffat lies,” and we get a boast that should be taken with a grain of salt.
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