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Doctor Who "Bigger on the inside..."

View Poll Results: 'Who' is John Hurt
The original incarnation of The Doctor (pre-Hartnell) 9 9.09%
The 9th Doctor, the one who ended the Time-War 57 57.58%
The Doctor's final incarnation, the 13th Doctor 3 3.03%
Something else entirely 30 30.30%
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Old May 20 2013, 10:11 AM   #46
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Re: One particular SPOILER from The Name of the Doctor

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He is never going to do the origin for the same reason he is never going to do the time war nor neither reveal the Doctor's name - it is always going to be a disappointment.
We shall see. However, in nearly all situations Moffat has to build up to something in order for it to be a disappointment. No one can have their hopes dashed if there's no hope to begin with.

I'm now bothered by Clara's line that she saw 11 faces, all of them the Doctor. If the Doctor lived what many fans believe to be a full Time Lord life, there would be at least 13 faces and Clara would have likely crossed paths with them all.

In any case, it seems to indicate that we're looking at a past incarnation.

Anyway, I personally appreciate Moffat's crack at the legend of Doctor Who and am rarely disappointed (although I can certainly wish that some elements were better realized than others).
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Old May 20 2013, 02:09 PM   #47
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Moffat has barely mentioned the Time War or anything from the RTD era (except River Song, whom he created himself) in the three years he's been doing the show. So I'm skeptical of the notion that this new plot twist is related to the Time War.
There have actually been quite a few Time War mentions in season 7.2. It's been directly spoken of in The Rings of Akhaten, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, and The Name of the Doctor. To suddenly start dropping that many references on something that had barely a mention in the previous two and a half years indicates there might be something related to it in the works.
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Old May 20 2013, 02:13 PM   #48
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Moffat has barely mentioned the Time War or anything from the RTD era (except River Song, whom he created himself) in the three years he's been doing the show. So I'm skeptical of the notion that this new plot twist is related to the Time War.
There have actually been quite a few Time War mentions in season 7.2. It's been directly spoken of in The Rings of Akhaten, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, and The Name of the Doctor. To suddenly start dropping that many references on something that had barely a mention in the previous two and a half years indicates there might be something related to it in the works.
I agree. I doubt they would have had Clara opening the big ass book called "HISTORY OF THE TIME WAR" and having a revelation by looking inside without intending to come back to it later.
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Old May 20 2013, 02:17 PM   #49
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Also...why did the console room that the Doctor's..."body"...look exactly the same as 11's console room...???
The same reason the Second Doctor and Jamie were in a "modern" console room in "The Two Doctors": because it's the set they had available. Designing and building a whole new "future" console room for one episode would've been too expensive.

Anyway, we know from "The Doctor's Wife" that the TARDIS archives old console rooms, so presumably every console room it's ever had is still in there somewhere. Maybe it chose this console room as the Doctor's tomb because it's the one that Clara knew.
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Old May 20 2013, 06:38 PM   #50
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Anybody else think Hurt might be a future version of the Doctor. I mean just because 11 knows who he is doesn't necessarily rule it out. Remember he did bump into him after jumping into his own time-stream which covers his past, present, and (from 11's point) future So it may have given him knowledge of what happens in his future.
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Old May 20 2013, 06:38 PM   #51
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A variety of evidence points to Hurt being the "Doctor" who fought the Time War. In "Name", that Doctor broke the promise of holding the name Doctor. So, he can't be pre-Hartnell. Also, various stories suggest that he's fulfilling Eccleston's role.

The other possibility is that Hurt is the 13th or later Doctor. That's possible but produces a less compelling narrative because it's a Doctor who hasn't happened and doesn't tie into events that we know something about. I guess they could work it in, but it just doesn't feel as strong.

So, he's the "Doctor" who fought the Time War. I wonder what name he took? Or was it only the other Doctor's who decided that he wasn't the Doctor?

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Moffat has barely mentioned the Time War or anything from the RTD era (except River Song, whom he created himself) in the three years he's been doing the show. So I'm skeptical of the notion that this new plot twist is related to the Time War.
They did focus somewhat on the Time War book in the TARDIS. I know that wasn't Moffat's story but still, they'd didn't have to include it and Clara's reaction. Foreshadowing I think.

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The Other may have initially taken the name Doctor, but had to forsake it and start again in light of what happened at the dawn of time travel. Since we know next to nothing about the dawn of time travel, this is relatively fertile ground for a writer.

The dawn of time travel is more enticing and more mysterious than the Time War. An origin story also ties in better with the idea of celebrating and commemorating the anniversary of "Doctor Who" than an event that chronologically happens toward the middle (relatively speaking).
It would be more of an origin story for the new series, rather than the series as a whole. The Time War is more related to the birth of the new series. I think that's what Moffat is going for because more viewers are familiar with the series from 2005 to present.

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So, he's the "Doctor" who fought the Time War. I wonder what name he took? Or was it only the other Doctor's who decided that he wasn't the Doctor?
Assuming Hurt is the Doctor from the Time War (my personal assumption at present, but others differ)...

I think he did call himself the Doctor. I think he always did, I think he always will. I think that the eleventh Doctor's "But not in the name of the Doctor!" outburst was an indication of how he (and presumably the ninth and tenth Doctors as well) view that incarnation -- that he had done something un-Doctor-ish and was no longer worthy of the name.

However, this will make for problematic storytelling in the anniversary special. The tenth Doctor's opinion on the Hurt Doctor can't change, otherwise the eleventh Doctor would have a different outlook on his Hurt incarnation.

What's also problematic is this. Shouldn't the eleventh Doctor remember this moment from the perspective of the Hurt Doctor? However, the eleventh Doctor seemed genuinely surprised that his Hurt incarnation was there.

The more I think about this, the more I think that John Hurt is not replacing Christopher Eccleston in the anniversary special, that Moffat always intended for there to be a missing Doctor, because the eleventh Doctor's dialogue would sound odd if applied to the ninth or eighth Doctors.
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Old May 20 2013, 06:54 PM   #53
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Anybody else think Hurt might be a future version of the Doctor. I mean just because 11 knows who he is doesn't necessarily rule it out. Remember he did bump into him after jumping into his own time-stream which covers his past, present, and (from 11's point) future So it may have given him knowledge of what happens in his future.
But we know it's his secret *before* he goes in...
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Old May 20 2013, 06:55 PM   #54
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He is never going to do the origin for the same reason he is never going to do the time war nor neither reveal the Doctor's name - it is always going to be a disappointment.
I agree with 2 out of the 3. I think a true origin story that shows why and how the Hartnell Doctor stole the TARDIS and left Gallifrey could be a great story. Sometimes you have to swing big. But, that's a defining moment for the character that's ripe for telling.

I don't think that's what we'll get for the Anniversary special though, and that's OK. One of my favorite bits of the season finale was seeing Hartnell and Susan steal the TARDIS!

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The Great Intelligence made a big noise about the final atrocities that the Doctor committed before his death. Deaths of Billions. In my mind there is no way that the John Hurt Doctor is from the past.
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Old May 20 2013, 07:02 PM   #56
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What if as someone said before, the TimeLords forced the regen of 8 into Hurt to fight the Time War. The Doctor (Hurt) finds out that Rassilon and his council are going to invoked the Ultimate Sanction. The Doctor uses "the Moment". What is the Moment? Could it be the moment the Ultimate Sanction is activated (for lack of better word) being used by the Doctor who forces a regeneration on himself (into 9) and uses regen energy to time lock the war?
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What's also problematic is this. Shouldn't the eleventh Doctor remember this moment from the perspective of the Hurt Doctor? However, the eleventh Doctor seemed genuinely surprised that his Hurt incarnation was there.
We have the same problem with "The Three," "Five," and "Two Doctors." They never even mentioned the issue in any of those. The only time we've ever seen a later Doctor remember having lived through a multi-Doctor meeting before was in "Time Crash." Though that was by Moffat too.
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Old May 20 2013, 07:20 PM   #58
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I'm now bothered by Clara's line that she saw 11 faces, all of them the Doctor. If the Doctor lived what many fans believe to be a full Time Lord life, there would be at least 13 faces and Clara would have likely crossed paths with them all.
I think the reason for the current version of the TARDIS (Same control room, same cracked panel of glass) is to show that this Doctor dies at Trenzalore. She only saw 11 faces because that's all that exist. Presumably, time will be rewritten at the end, but we'll have to see.
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I think he is the first incarnation of the Doctor, pre-Hartnell.

I think he must have done something so bad, that
made him regenerate and then make a promise to redeem himself and call himself The Doctor now to help others.
So from Hartnell he steals the TARDIS, and runs away to explore and help people and redeem himself for whatever he had done. And that is what drives him.
Watch it again, that doesn't work because 11 makes it clear that the Hurt version breaks the promise that was made when he took the name 'The Doctor' not that he takes it after Hurt breaks a promise.
I'm still holding on to my theory, I like it as an explanation, it explains everything and makes so much sense.
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The Great Intelligence made a big noise about the final atrocities that the Doctor committed before his death. Deaths of Billions. In my mind there is no way that the John Hurt Doctor is from the past.
But then the doctor wouldn't know who he is or what he's done, and apparently the Doctor has been carrying this burden for a very long time, but if its a future incarnation, he wouldn't know yet, so that doesn't make sense that Hurt is a future incarnation.
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