We’re all dying to see John Hurt step into the TARDIS as a mysterious version of the Doctor in Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special, and now the acclaimed actor has opened up about his stint on the beloved franchise.
In a great interview with The Guardian, Hurt talked about what it’s been like interacting with Who fans as he prepares to become an immortal part of the series’ legacy. Though he worried the fans would be wacky, he said he was pleasantly surprised after running into a gaggle of Whovians:
“I've done a couple of conferences where you sit and sign autographs for people and then you have photographs taken with them and a lot of them all dressed up in alien suits or Doctor Who whatevers. I was terrified of doing it because I thought they'd all be loonies, but they are absolutely, totally charming as anything. It's great fun. I'm not saying it's the healthiest thing – I don't know whether it is or isn't – but they are very charming ...
But I had no idea that Doctor Who had got so huge; I just thought, ‘Brilliant, I'll be a Doctor!’ I was suddenly – what do they call it? You start "trending". This is all new to me!”
So, what did he find the hardest about being the Doctor? Something that Matt Smith and David Tennant are great at: all that darn technobabble.
“Of course you have to remember that the Doctors are all one person, so I'm not outside of that. I can't talk about it, but I will say I was really impressed when I did it. Both the previous doctors – Matt Smith and David Tennant – boy, are they good at it. Whoa-wee! They are so quick, and there's a huge amount of learning and no time to learn it in. All that fake scientific nonsense. Terribly difficult to learn.”
It’s nice to see Hurt is so excited about his role in the 50th-anniversary special, and we’re dying to know a little bit more about his mysterious “Dark Doctor.” What do you think he’ll be doing?