The Wormhole wrote:
But even the Eighth Doctor has his share of loyal fans who might find cause to be offended if their Doctor were to be depicted as a dark incarnation who has been stripped of his knighthood (identification as the Doctor).
Believe me, fans will be pissed even in this situation, if the Hurt Doctor turns out to be the Doctor who ended the Daleks and the Time Lords (temptedly, even this one), becaause it would make the Doctor not REALLY responsible for that horrible act, since his "bad self" did it. Plus, it would take away from the Ninth Doctor.
Now, I'm not predisposed to the Hurt Doctor, or the fact that the anniversary special can be special. Far from it. I still hope its gonna be a rollicking good story with lots of fun interaction between Smith and Tennant and a performance worthy of John Hurt.
But even as a recent, relatively new fan, I can't help but feel dissapointed that at least one old Doctor wasn't brought back - and one that, realistically, wasn't technically an Old Who Doctor, but more like The One Between Old And Nu Who Doctor.
PS: I would have LOVED it if McGann had turned out to be a Dark Doctor, one that the future versions discarded. And I say that as a fan of his Big Finish audios.