British actor, John Hurt sat down withThe Guardian recently to discuss his past and recent projects. He managed to have a chat about his involvement with Doctor Who and how his perception of Whovians stacked up against actual encounters with avid fans of the show.
Having been around for as long as the long-running series, celebrating his 50th year in the industry right along with the show, Hurt quips that he’s never thought of the link between the two before but liked it enough to run with it.
He admitted, however, that he never realized how successful Doctor Who had actually become despite his excitement about being asked to be involved in the 50th anniversary episode.
‘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!’
By trending Hurt is most probably referring to his stint on Twitter’s top trending topics and fan reaction directly following his mysterious Doctor Who debut as ‘The Doctor’ at the end of the series seven finale ‘The Name of the Doctor’ which aired last May.
Since then there have been many theories as to where Hurt’s ‘Doctor’ fits into the scheme of things and into the Doctor’s already wibbly-wobbly chronology. For Hurt, who’s still mum about the exact details, the experience has been both impressive and challenging.
He expressed his admiration for previous Doctors, Smith and Tennant who he will star alongside in the 50th anniversary episode.
"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."
Wat did Hurt have to say about the fans? Well, he explains that he’d only been to a couple of conferences where he took photos with cosplayers.
At first was “terrified of doing it because [he] thought they’d all be loonies.”
To his surprise, however, found those he encountered to actually be “absolutely [and] totally charming as anything.”
Although finding the fandom’s obsession to be “great fun” he does wonder whether “it’s the healthiest thing.” He stated that he doesn’t “know whether it is or isn’t” and reiterates that he finds the fans “very charming.”
Do you agree? Are we all a charming bunch or what? Is your love for Doctor Who bordering on the unhealthy side or do you consider your fansession with the show to be (if such a thing exists) completely normal? Either way let us know how you’re fairing while waiting for the 23rd of November. Also tell us your own theories regarding John Hurt’s “darker” Doctor.