On October 13th Moffat confirmed in the Radio Times, “He can only regenerate 12 times”, which leaves us with the question, just who is John Hurt portraying and what is his place in the Doctor Who canon?
It appears my brother John came up with a simple solution this morning, that so far, few have voiced. John Hurt is playing the part of the eighth Doctor. You may ask how is this possible and my he gives a few reasons (backed with my own observations):
1. Hurt is attired in what appears to be the ninth Doctor’s leather jacket.
2. Hurt is wearing a vest similar in style to that worn by the eighth Doctor. Included is what is a chain to perhaps a pocket watch used by both the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and the eighth regeneration (Paul McGann).
3. We never did see visually at what age the eighth Doctor regenerated into his ninth life.
Take it with a grain of salt Whovians but I’m backing my brother on his opinion. So what is yours?
Source(s): Radio Times.