'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary to guest star John Hurt

As if news of David Tennant returning to the role that brought him immense acclaim wasn't enough to whet the appetites of "Doctor Who" fans, veteran film and theater actor John Hurt has revealed he will also play a major role in the upcoming 50th anniversary special.

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While news of Hurt's involvement in the special was initially leaked back in March, the extent of his involvement was unknown. According to a recent interview with the Eastern Daily Press, Hurt hinted that his role may be far more significant than a simple guest spot.

The star of "Alien" and "V For Vendetta" said of his role, "I'm sworn to secrecy about my character and my scenes," but eventually hinted that he is set to play "part of the Doctor" in a "kind of trinity" which includes the returning Tennant and the man currently inhabiting the role, Matt Smith.

With rumors that the special could be set against the backdrop of the Time War alluded to in the series, Hurt taking on the role of The Doctor could be an attempt to fill the role that would've been occupied by Christopher Eccleston. "Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven's plans for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode," a BBC spokesperson had told Mirror Online. "After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best."

What do you think of Hurt taking on the iconic science fiction character?

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Written by: kyleiam
May 9th, 2013, 7:47 am

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