Isn't it really convinient, though, that Hurt's Doctor wears a combination of the Eighth and Ninth's costumes? Just saying - I don't remember, for instance, the Third Doctor wearing Second's pants and the Fourth's scarfs and/or hat, is all.
Yes, it's almost like they're making too much of an obvious effort at 'bridging the gap'.
Having said that, I think it could work if the Hurt Doctor was shown to have been created as a sort of stopgap. I like the idea that maybe the timelords have forced a regeneration on the Doctor so he will do their bidding and this one doesn't have as fully formed a personality as others. Of course, I'm probably totally off the mark...