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John Hurt will play the Ninth Doctor in the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary episode
Friday, May 10, 2013
DOCTOR WHO guest star John Hurt has blown the mystery surrounding the drama’s 50th anniversary in November – revealing he will be playing THE DOCTOR himself.
John, who has filmed the 3D special, revealed that he plays “part of the Doctor” in a “kind of trinity” with Matt Smith and David Tennant.
He dropped the bombshell when speaking at an event in Norfolk. It comes after show writer Steven Moffat took strict security measures to keep the plot of the one-off movie top secret.
And TV Biz can also reveal more details. His character will be a regeneration of the Doctor which he has FORGOTTEN about.
It comes after Christopher Eccleston refused to return for the episode, despite meeting with Moffat a number of times to discuss his role.
A source explained to TV Biz: “John will play the real Ninth Doctor. Christopher Eccleston has always been thought of as the Ninth Doctor but now that John has been revealed as the Ninth Doctor, it shuffles Eccleston’s Doctor to be the Tenth Time Lord, Tennant the 11th and Smith the 12th.
“It also means the Doctor’s time is running out as he can only regenerate 12 times.”
Our source continued: “Steven loves a complex plot and there will be plenty of surprises along the way.
“The reason the Doctor has forgotten his ninth incarnation will become clear but it’s to do with the Time War and his shame over his behaviour in it.
“Tennant and Smith’s Doctors will at first refuse to accept Hurt is them — until their sonic screwdrivers confirm it and announce, ‘He’s us. He’s the ninth us’.”
Eagle-eyed fans have spotted that John Hurt’s costume bears a similarity to Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston’s — his version would have come between them.
A source said: “John was given a very familiar look that goes half way between two regenerations.” Billie Piper will also be returning as Rose Tyler, alongside Tennant. Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page will play Queen Elizabeth I.
There are also two episodes left in the current series. Fans will see villains the Cybermen at their scariest tomorrow in an episode penned by leading sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman, set on a planet turned into an alien amusement park.
As well as the familiar stomping metal monsters, the Doctor and assistant Clara face a new slimline version of the metal horrors that can RUN.
The series’ final episode teases fans with the biggest mystery of all — the Doctor’s real name.
Moffatt said the episode will “change the course of Who forever”.
He added: “It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctor’s greatest secret.
“We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible, and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far.”