Where does John Hurt’s Doctor lie in the Doctor’s timeline? And what, exactly, did he do?
In case you somehow missed it, the last shot of The End Of The Doctor revealed that John Hurt will be playing an incarnation of the Doctor in the 50th Anniversary Special; a version of the Doctor who did something so horrible that he gave up the name of “the Doctor”. (I’m going to call him the Doctor throughout this post; it’s just for convenience.)
There’s a number of theories as to where in the Doctor’s life the HurtDoctor exists, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. I’m going to go through them in order from most to least likely. Ready? Let’s go.