Doctor Who: Steven Moffat clears up the whole Doctor regeneration problem… sort of

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Confused about the Doctor’s regenerations after watching The Day of the Doctor? Steven Moffat has sought to clear up any misunderstandings.

So, when John Hurt was introduced as the Doctor earlier this year it caused a problem among fans. Which Doctor is he?

When we saw eighth Doctor Paul McGann regenerate into John Hurt in Night of the Doctor it confirmed he was the ninth Doctor – moving former ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston to the 10th Doctor. David Tennant became the 11th Doctor and Matt Smith formerly the 11th became the 12th.

Or not. Because John Hurt is the War Doctor – and thus outside the numbering, apparently. But, actually not really.

Oh, dear.

Speaking at the Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration at London’s ExCeL Moffat cleared the whole thing up… sort of.

‘He has no more ever called himself the 11th Doctor than he would call himself Matt Smith…

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