‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary: John Hurt talks experiences with show fans
When you look at all of the fan followings that are out there, the folks that adore “Doctor Who” are a loyal bunch. While there is a certain contingent of fans who have recently only discovered the gem from the BBC, others have been enjoying the adventures of various Doctors for decades. While you get a sense of the show’s popularity from the outside, it is really only when you become a major part of the series that you start to really figure out just how passionate the show’s fans truly are.
This is something that the latest man to take on the Doctor role in John Hurt is clearly realizing now. Speaking in a new interview with the Guardian, the actor reveals a little bit about what the overall experience is like for him now that he has been revealed that he is the secret Doctor who gave up his name. The twist here? He has experienced all of this fan support without the 50th Anniversary Special even airing yet:
“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.”
Hurt’s role was a shock to many people watching “The Name of the Doctor” when it first aired, and while he filmed the special months ago, there are still many mysteries about what his role will be. The only thing that still remains to be seen? Just how big the fan support for Hurt will be after his special actually airs.
Want to read some more news on the future of “Doctor Who”? Then just be sure to click here, where you can read what Matt Smith specifically has to say about the new Doctor coming up in Peter Capaldi.
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