Steven Moffat told the Radio Times that John Hurt has given a scene-stealing performance in the upcoming 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.
“It was great fun,” said Moffat. “You’d have David and Matt, they’d be leaping around the set and doing every form of physical comedy with each other – and, you know, slightly competing about who could be slightly more insane than the other – and then John Hurt would come along and do this [tiny movement] with his eyes and you go ‘That’s it – he’s got the scene now hasn’t he?'”
John Hurt is of course playing a mysterious incarnation of the Doctor revealed in the Series 7.5 finale, alongside Tenth Doctor David Tennant and Eleventh and current Doctor Matt Smith. David Tennant is most likely the half-human clone Doctor who lives in a parallel universe with companion Rose Tyler. John Hurt’s incarnation should fit in between Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor and Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor, the Time Wars and the destruction of Gallifrey.
“He’s the one who broke the promise. He is my secret.”
Moffat also said “By the end of it, Matt told me that he’d worked out this plan that they’d both continue in Doctor Who: do five individual episodes each and three together – would that be ok? It was a nice plan. I think if I’d said yes they’d have gone for it.”
Yet initially the two actors were slightly unsettled about bringing their two Doctors together.
“David and Matt, I think… were both quite apprehensive of the other. David’s continued to watch Doctor Who like the sad old fan he is and so as far as he’s concerned Matt’s the Doctor. And of course for Matt, you don’t believe yourself you’re the Doctor, you just think David’s the Doctor. So they were both slightly nervous and slightly apprehensive.”
“The double act between them is sublime,” said Moffat. “It’s one of those happy accidents – there’s no reason why they should be, but they are absolutely adorable and hilarious together.”
26 days to go until the The Day of the Doctor!