Exactly two years after John Hurt stole the Doctor Who 50th anniversary show, we have the very first clip of his return as the War Doctor.
Hurt is coming back to Who for a series of 12 all-new episodes from audio drama producers Big Finish. The first box set, Only the Monstrous, is set to be released this December.
This exclusive clip comes from the first episode of the new run, titled The Innocent, which finds the War Doctor in the midst of the Time War, before the events of 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.
“I’ve seen too much of this war already,” Hurt’s weary voice says in the clip – although by the sound of it, he has plenty of tricks (OK, explosives) up his sleeve to help him in the Time Lords’ battle against the Daleks.
And for all the fighting, the War Doctor clearly still has a touch of humanity, saving two “patsies” from approaching Daleks.
Hurt’s character has not been seen since the episode marking the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, where the War Doctor (or ‘Captain Grumpy’, whichever you prefer), appeared alongside Matt Smith and David Tennant’s Doctors.
The new audio dramas are written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, who says he couldn’t wait to explore Who’s 50th anniversary back story in more detail.
“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” he said.
“Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”
David Tennant and Catherine Tate return
Hurt isn’t the only actor to come back to Doctor Who in audio form. David Tennant and Catherine Tate have recorded all-new episodes as well, set to be released in May 2016. Oh, and we just happen to have a clip from that series too…
Just in case all that wasn’t enough to look forward to, Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor will be teaming up with Alex Kingston’s River Song for the very first time in a new series set to land next year.
John Hurt will return as the War Doctor this December – pre-order here