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November 16th, 2013 201 comments

The Night Of The Doctor is Here – But Which Doctor?

The Night Of The Doctor

The Bringer of Darkness, the Oncoming Storm, the Doctor, the Warrior – A Time Lord! The 50th Anniversary features Matt Smith, David Tennant and a mysterious incarnation played by John Hurt. Only one appears in the mini episode, The Night Of The Doctor. But which?






  • Some bloke

    November 14th, 2013 - 3:24pm

    YES!!! Of course it does

  • Timelord3

    November 14th, 2013 - 3:23pm

    Amazing, more Paul McGann and the sisterhood of karn! But does mentioning the big finish companions bring it officially into cannon?


    November 14th, 2013 - 3:18pm

    Well, I wasn’t expecting this 😀

  • TheBritishCupOfTea

    November 14th, 2013 - 3:09pm

    I’m blown away. Truly am. Thank you so much Moffat…now the intriguing thing is…McGann denied ANY involvement…

    ….Could this mean we will see other classic Doctors?

  • Some bloke

    November 14th, 2013 - 2:57pm

    WHO ON EARTH VOTED ‘I didn’t like it’!

  • simon

    November 14th, 2013 - 2:56pm

    All i can say is WOW I just cant wait for the 50th Annervesary story. I only hope this story is as good as this 6 min story

  • Cyberking281

    November 14th, 2013 - 2:45pm

    That was brilliant! I cant believe Paul McGann returned for one last time (but who knows), theres now hope that Christopher Eccleston will return when John Hurt has to regenerate 😀

  • Some bloke

    November 14th, 2013 - 2:17pm

    I second that! It was amazing. I can’t believe Paul came back for this. To be honest we were all suspicious of him being involved in some way shape or form, but this is amazing. If this six minute prequel is considered to be the best thing since 2005, then god knows what an hour and 15 min special is going to be like. After this, it better be good 😀

  • dalek eternal

    November 14th, 2013 - 2:15pm

    that was brilliant we’ve finally seen how the 8th dr regenerated all we need to see now is hurt regenerate into the eccleston

  • Some bloke

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:51pm

    I’ve never thought of it like that and that seems much better and more plausible than saying he’s the 9th doctor. To be honest, I would prefer him to be a sort of 8.5 watcher like doctor 🙂

  • booboo

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:50pm

    yes but much much younger

  • Some bloke

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:50pm

    yes it is

  • booboo

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:50pm

    I thought that was amazing

    hate to say it but that 6 mins alone knocked spots off anything i have seen since 2005

    Paul McGann was brilliant in that

  • Anonymous

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:49pm

    Who is that at the end in the reflection? It’s not John Hurt, is it?

  • Dalek The Supreme

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:47pm

    Actually, if you think about it, the Tenth Doctor wasted a regeneration in Journey’s End, so technically, Matt Smith is still the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor, but he wouldn’t have anymore natural regenerations. Unless, of course, they decide to utilize the fact that River Song gave him her remaining regenerations.

  • Anonymous

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:45pm

    John Hurt’s character is a Doctor and at the same time isn’t.

    His character is very much like the watcher (Logopolis) and the Valeyard (The Trial of a Time Lord), so no. Hurt is not the ninth Doctor, but is more like Doctor 8.5, in a way, it’s like a spilt time line of the doctor’s life.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:45pm

    Nope, we have it pretty much confirmed he’s the incarnation who fought in the Time War between the 8th and 9th Doctors we’re used to. The Valeyard is an amalgamation of everything dark or evil about the Doctor from between his twelfth and thirteenth incarnations. Actually, that means they could have a Valeyard subplot in the Christmas special or Series 8.

  • matparks08

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:43pm

    Sent a shiver down my spine – followed Paul McGann through the BBC books and then into audio and so fantastic to see him back in the role – what a really unexpected treat. I’m going to guess that will be it for the older doctors now this anniversary – but who knows….

  • drjakeyoung

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:40pm

    This beats time crash by miles for being the best minisode of dr who ever. Hell, it’s better than most normal episodes!

  • Liam

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:40pm

    Wow such much in few minuets

    anyone spot the man or woman bit

    just amazing from Paul McGann as well

  • Sea Devil

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:38pm

    absolutely brilliant, lost for words

  • The master

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:38pm

    Best piece of Doctor Who I have seen in over 20 years

  • Anonymous

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:36pm

    John Hurt is the Valyard

  • Anonymous

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:06pm

    It had already been confirmed a while back that was who he was.

    As is explained in both this mini episode and in The Name of the Doctor, Hurt’s incarnation is an actual incarnation of the Doctor, however he is not a “Doctor” (rather he is a “Warrior” as we now know). So he is the Doctor’s ninth incarnation but not the Ninth Doctor (that still goes to Eccelston).

    However, this still gets the net result that Capaldi’s 12th Doctor is the 13th incarnation so would in theory be the final incarnation. However, the limit will be dealt with once and for all in the anniversary special (to as Moffat put it “ensure the show runs for another 50 years”).

  • Dalek The Supreme

    November 14th, 2013 - 1:02pm

    That was AMAZING! Not only do we see the 8th Doctor and get mentions of some Big Finish companions, but also we have the Sisterhood of Karn, and the regeneration! Very interesting plot, and I can’t wait to see the actual Time War now! 😀

  • Paul

    November 14th, 2013 - 12:51pm

    Absolutely speechless. Brilliant.

  • NCC-1701-D

    November 14th, 2013 - 12:19pm

    That was AWESOME, the eighth Doctor, woooooo. So John Hurt IS the real Ninth Doctor, or the ‘War Doctor’. Interesting that they’ve told us this now and not made us wait until the 23rd, at least we finally know what happened to the eighth Doctor, presuming that was the real eighth doctor, also, this technically makes Peter Capaldi the Thirteenth Doctor, so does that mean he’ll be the last?

  • Guff

    November 14th, 2013 - 12:17pm


    That was incredible! Just wish we saw the actual facemorph…

  • booboo

    November 14th, 2013 - 11:35am

    half an hour to go

  • 1969DOCTOR

    November 14th, 2013 - 11:34am

    Can’t wait

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