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'Doctor Who': John Hurt character identity confirmed?

The identity of John Hurt's character in Doctor Who may have been revealed.

Alien star Hurt appeared in the BBC sci-fi drama's May finale - credited as 'The Doctor' - and will return in the forthcoming 50th anniversary special.

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in 'The Name of the Doctor'


Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman in 'Doctor Who'

The Telegraph now quotes Who costume designer Howard Burden as saying that Hurt is portraying a previously unseen "dark Doctor".

"There was a gap between Paul McGann playing the Doctor and Christopher Eccleston, when we didn't see a regeneration, and John Hurt will fit into that gap," Burden's quotes read. "He is a past Doctor, not a future Doctor."

John Hurt on set in Chepstow, Wales for the Doctor who 50th Anniversary


John Hurt on the 'Doctor Who' 50th special set.

The notion of Hurt playing an 'in-between' Doctor was already a popular theory amongst Doctor Who fans. The idea first surfaced when the 73-year-old actor was seen on the set of the 50th special sporting a leather jacket similar to the one worn by Eccleston's Ninth Doctor.

The anniversary instalment - also starring Matt Smith and David Tennant - will air on BBC One on Saturday, November 23.

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Watch John Hurt's first appearance in Doctor Who below:

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