DW 50th: The Day of the Doctor analysis

So with the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode drawing closer, we got more word regarding the episode – the poster and the episode title. So let’s get our heads together and try to figure out just who John Hurt’s character is.

Let’s rewatch this scene and analyze it.

Here is what we know from the episode:

* John Hurt’s Doctor told our 11th Doctor: “What I did, I did without choice… in the name of peace and sanity.
The Great Time War… he ended it. Boom.

Yes… He broke the promise and no longer carries the name “The Doctor”.

* Hurt stated that his Doctor was a “kind of a trinity” between the Doctors.

* Let’s look at his wardrobe:

doctorwhotimewarWell, that looks familiar… So he is the “Doctor” between the 8th and 9th Doctor.

*We can’t forget Strax’s report about Hurt’s Doctor being a battle hardened warrior

DoctorWhoStrax* In the San Diego Comic-Con 50th Anniversary trailer, we see and hear John Hurt’s Doctor saying “Great men are forged in fire… and they must never light the flame.” Then we see and hear Rose “the moment is coming.” Followed by Hurt saying “I’m ready.

I am taking this as Hurt needs the two Doctors help to fix something because why would Rose be helping this Doctor without reason. So they must had come to some sort of agreement to all work together to fix something.

*Let’s get to the latest Doctor Who comic book by IDW: Issue 12.

doctor who time war DoctorWhoJohn Hurt’s Doctor has “seize the moment” and rejected the name of the Doctor to become a “Renegade”. Now… this Matrix… how does it play into the upcoming episode…?

* Now, remember “The Moment” was used to end the Time War. According to the another comic Don’t Step on the Grass, the 8th Doctor created it using a DeMat gun.

* In “The End of Time (Part Two)”, they mention The Doctor and “The Moment”.

President of the Time Lords: What news of the Doctor?
The Chancellor: Disappeared, my Lord President.
The Partisan: But we know his intention. He still possesses the Moment. And he’ll use it to destroy Daleks and Time Lords alike.
The Chancellor: The Visionary confirms it.
The Visionary: Ending. Burning. Falling. All of it, falling. The black, and pitch. And screaming fire. Soul burning.
The Chancellor: All of her prophecies say the same. That this is the last day of the Time War. That Gallifrey falls. That we die. Today.
The Visionary: Ending ending ending ending.
The Partisan: Perhaps it’s time. This is only the furthest edge of the Time War. But at its heart millions die every second. Lost in bloodlust and insanity. With Time itself resurrecting them to find new ways of dying, over and over again. A travesty of life. Isn’t it better to end it at last.
….. then the 10th Doctor sends them back from where they came from.

* In the same episode, the Doctor describes his people – Time Lords – as changed from war.
Wilfred: But I’ve heard you talk about your people like they’re wonderful.
The Doctor: That’s how I choose to remember them. The Time Lords of old. But then they went to war. An endless war. And it changed them. Right to the core. You’ve seen my enemies, Wilf. The Time Lords are more dangerous than any of them.

So then John Hurt’s Doctor could had been changed as a result of the war. You remember the hatred the 9th Doctor had when he first saw a Dalek. He was so angry that the Dalek told him, “You’d make a good Dalek.”

So this John Hurt Doctor could had seen the deaths between the Daleks and Time Lords and chose to end it. An endless war. Because maybe, just maybe… in the end, the Time Lords weren’t the same and changed for the worst… and that needed to end.

* Now let’s look at the poster



Red: If you remember, Bad Wolf were written as warnings sent by Rose (consumed by the Bad Wolf entity by the time vortex in the TARDIS) for the Doctor and her to defeat the Daleks? Well, it plays a part here. Maybe that’s why Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) is back in the episode. She had the entity in her at one point. Also, Christopher Eccleston was asked back to the 50th Anniversary and sadly declined – so you know it had to do with that episode.

Blue: Since this is a Time War and a bunch of Daleks and TARDISes were destroyed by “The Moment”, I’m guessing our favorite “sexy” TARDIS is safe.

Update: I’m getting a lot of people telling me that’s the Doctor’s TARDIS because it’s a blue police box but it’s just a door if you look at it. According to an IDW comic (I read the comics), there were a lot of TARDISes with similar looks and doors. Plus, we know our sexy TARDIS survives. Also, it could be an older version of TARDIS but if we don’t see “Police Public Call Box”… It’s anyone’s TARDIS door. And we see the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS for the Christmas Special.

Green: Just Daleks being destroyed… probably in the Time War.

Yellow: The RED sonic screwdriver… River Song’s sonic screwdriver? If you remember, the red setting was used as a threat – in the Cold War episode, the Doctor uses it against Skaldak to detonate the bombs… so he could had used the red setting of a sonic screwdriver to detonate the Moment.

Purple: Time Lord symbols. Time locked?

When we get more information and the official 50th Anniversary trailer, we can further analyze John Hurt’s Doctor. So, we basically know, he’s the “Doctor” who ended the Time War with The Moment. The 11th Doctor entering his timestream may have caused it to open it and create a paradox – leading the 11th and the 10th meeting up.

Why can’t it be November already?

What are your thoughts?

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