What I mean is, what's "opinion" got to do with where Hurt's Doctor fits into the Doctor's timeline? It's very clear that he's the direct successor to the Eighth Doctor. As for taking up the title of the Doctor again, well, with the war over, what was he going to do - stay a Warrior? No. He regenerated, and tried to be the Doctor again. It explains a lot about the Ninth Doctor's actions and attitudes.