Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Hurt: The War Doctor Was One Of My Toughest Roles

For a man with a vast and storied career, having played everyone from an old, crazy wand maker to someone with serious physical deformities to the victim of a viscous alien, one might think playing the part of the Doctor would be easy. Decide on your Doctor’s characteristic traits and play on them.

But John Hurt has said this new role, for him, was far from easy.

In speaking with The Daily Mail, Hurt spoke of his experience as part of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary as one of the ‘toughtest’ of his career.

It was one of the toughest parts I have had to learn, as difficult as anything I have done. There is a lot of quasi-scientific nonsense which doesn’t stay in your head that easily and that meant entire weekends spent on solid learning. I remember Matt said I’d have to give my life over to it because there is a lot of learning and very little time to shoot.

When asked specifically about what happens in the episode, Hurt gave nothing away, but spoke of what it was like to be the third version of a character meeting with two other versions of himself.

You have three people playing one person. It’s the holy trinity. The War Doctor is not as quicksilver as the Matt and Davids of this world because he comes from a very different place. He is a little stiller and more reflective – a little more world-weary.

Hurt also revealed that when approached for the role, his agents were not very keen at first on him accepting the part.

One of my agents didn’t reckon Doctor Who, but I said, ‘wait a minute, it sounds intriguing. It sounds like an event’…

An event indeed! One made only greater with the addition of such a superb talent as John Hurt.

The Day Of The Doctor will air in a worldwide simulcast on 23rd November.

(via Mail Online)


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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