‘Doctor Who’ guest star John Hurt: ‘I was really impressed by Tennant and Smith’

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The 50th anniversary special guest star made his onscreen debut in May at the end of Series 7’s finale, ‘The Name of the Doctor’, and his character has been called a “dark Doctor” by Doctor Who‘s costume designer.

Hurt told The Guardian: “…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!”

The actor teased: “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.”

Discussing Doctor Who‘s fans, he added: “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.”

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