Steven Moffat has suggested that it doesn’t matter how fans choose to number the Doctors because, when all is said and done, there is, and will only ever be, one.
Speaking at the Doctor Who Celebration this weekend, the showrunner responded to the questions that arose from The Day of the Doctor, specifically what impact its developments will have on the character’s imminent final regeneration. “He has no more ever called himself the Eleventh Doctor than he would call himself Matt Smith,” he explained.
He added: “The Doctor doesn’t know off the top of his head what number he is. There is no such character as the Eleventh Doctor. He’s the Doctor. That’s what he calls himself.”
However, as always, the head writer has left no stone unturned as he revealed he has a way of honouring the established line up. “If you worry about such things, and I do, then I specifically said John Hurt’s Doctor doesn’t use the title,” he said. “I have given you the option of not counting John Hurt numerically. He’s not the Doctor. He is the War Doctor.”
But the man with the plan admitted that, with yet another regeneration on the way, it is not looking good for our Time Lord. “Paul McGann turns into John Hurt,” he finalised. “He used up another regeneration so I expect he’ll be in trouble shortly.” We dread to think…
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