What happened during John Hurt’s War Doctor years?

Steven Moffat has given an insight on what he believes happened during John Hurt’s War Doctor years.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat said: “I assume what’s been happening during the John Hurt years that we never saw, is that he battled hard and fiercely in a way that the other Doctors would not have done, and that he was a dangerous and difficult man.”

“But in his view he was not living up to the standards. I mean, by involving himself in an ongoing war – I always thought that sounded odd.”

He added: “I remember when David Tennant said, ‘I fought in the Time War’. I thought, ‘The Doctor in a war?’ I mean, the Doctor may be saving people at the fringes of a war, or stopping a war, but I could never imagine him being in one.”

“But John Hurt’s Doctor is the one who was.”

Steven Moffat has spoken about the Doctor’s regeneration limit.

Speaking at the official Doctor Who 50th Celebration at ExCel London, Moffat said: “He has no more ever called himself the 11th Doctor than he would call himself Matt Smith. The Doctor doesn’t know off the top of his head [what number he is].

"If you worry about such things, and I do, then I specifically said John Hurt’s Doctor doesn’t use the title. [Matt Smith’s Doctor] is in his 12th body but he’s the 11th Doctor, however there is no such character as the 11th Doctor - he’s just The Doctor, that’s what he calls himself.

"The numbering doesn’t matter, except for those lists that you and I have been making for many years. So I’ve given you the option of not counting John Hurt numerically - he’s the War Doctor."

When asked about the Doctor’s regeneration limit, which was introduced in 1976 story ‘The Deadly Assassin’, starring Tom Baker, Moffat said:

"Paul McGann turns into John Hurt so they’re not the same incarnation. He used up another regeneration and I expect he’ll be in trouble shortly - you can’t break rules laid down in ‘The Deadly Assassin’"

Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day (25 December) on BBC One.

Steven Moffat has spoken about the Doctor’s regeneration limit.

Speaking at the official Doctor Who 50th Celebration at ExCel London, Moffat said: “He has no more ever called himself the 11th Doctor than he would call himself Matt Smith. The Doctor doesn’t know off the top of his head [what number he is].

"If you worry about such things, and I do, then I specifically said John Hurt’s Doctor doesn’t use the title. [Matt Smith’s Doctor] is in his 12th body but he’s the 11th Doctor, however there is no such character as the 11th Doctor - he’s just The Doctor, that’s what he calls himself.

"The numbering doesn’t matter, except for those lists that you and I have been making for many years. So I’ve given you the option of not counting John Hurt numerically - he’s the War Doctor."

When asked about the Doctor’s regeneration limit, which was introduced in 1976 story ‘The Deadly Assassin’, starring Tom Baker, Moffat said:

"Paul McGann turns into John Hurt so they’re not the same incarnation. He used up another regeneration and I expect he’ll be in trouble shortly - you can’t break rules laid down in ‘The Deadly Assassin’"

Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day (25 December) on BBC One.

John Hurt has admitted that he found his role in Doctor Who the most difficult of his career.

Hurt will play “The War Doctor” in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special episode, The Day of the Doctor.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “It was one of the toughest parts I have had to learn, as difficult as anything I have done.”

“There is a lot of quasi-scientific nonsense which doesn’t stay in your head that easily and that meant entire weekends spent on solid learning. I remember Matt [Smith] said I’d have to give my life over to it because there is a lot of learning and very little time to shoot.”

Speaking about how David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors compare with his, he said: “You have three people playing one person. It’s the holy trinity.”

“The War Doctor is not as quicksilver as the Matt and David’s of this world because he comes from a very different place. He is a little stiller and more reflective – a little more world-weary.”

'The Day of the Doctor' will air on Saturday, 23rd November at 7:50pm on BBC One.

John Hurt has admitted that he found his role in Doctor Who the most difficult of his career.

Hurt will play “The War Doctor” in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special episode, The Day of the Doctor.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “It was one of the toughest parts I have had to learn, as difficult as anything I have done.”

“There is a lot of quasi-scientific nonsense which doesn’t stay in your head that easily and that meant entire weekends spent on solid learning. I remember Matt [Smith] said I’d have to give my life over to it because there is a lot of learning and very little time to shoot.”

Speaking about how David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors compare with his, he said: “You have three people playing one person. It’s the holy trinity.”

“The War Doctor is not as quicksilver as the Matt and David’s of this world because he comes from a very different place. He is a little stiller and more reflective – a little more world-weary.”

'The Day of the Doctor' will air on Saturday, 23rd November at 7:50pm on BBC One.