The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out today and along with all your favourites is a tribute to the late great Sir John Hurt lead by Tenth Doctor David Tennant.
Tennant had the privilege of working with the multi-award winning actor on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor’ along with the then current Doctor, Matt Smith. Tennant remembers that Hurt was not at the readthrough, so the first time they met was on set. “We were terribly thrilled, and rather in awe of him – to be on set with him and just to be in his orbit”.
Tennant also recalls, “Matt [Smith] and I just sat like children at the fireside, letting him tell us about Eric Clapton and The Beatles, and this extraordinary live he had lived. About Tom Baker and Jeffrey Bernard, and about Soho drinking dens… He was a story teller. He had such a joy for life, that he’d love to communicate, both in his acting and in his personal life. It was a real privilege to be around him.”
Current showrunner Steven Moffat is the man responsible for bringing this fine actor to the Whoniverse as the War Doctor but only met him on a few occasions, “he was incredibly nice”, say Moffat. “Now, nice doesn’t seem like much of compliment, but you have to remember that this man was, quite rightly, worshipped by everyone he met. Worship has been known to go to people’s heads – but not John’s. If a man can remain humble and kind and warm as the world basically genuflects around him, then that is no ordinary man. The Doctor would be proud to be John Hurt – and for one very special day, he was.”
Following Hurt’s time on the main show, he joined the team at Big Finish for their outstanding War Doctor audio series. The saga took place over four series and in all he was accompanied by actress Jacqueline Pearce. The pair had been friends since their time at drama school and John’s passing “has created a gap in my life that can not be filled by anyone else” says Pearce. “I will aways miss him, and I shall aways be grateful for the friendship he showed me and the support he gave me.”
You can read more from David Tennant and other Doctor Who actors David Warner, Louise Jameson and Barnaby Edwards as they continue with their memories of John Hurt in the new issue of the magazine.
Also in issue #510….
- STRONG TO THE FINISH
John Hurt’s Big Finish colleagues pay tribute to him – a special interview with Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery and David Richardson.
- ASK STEVEN MOFFAT
Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions.
- RICHARD AND THE DOCTOR
DWM speaks Comic Relief’s co-founder Richard Curtis about his role in 1999’s The Curse of Fatal Death and writing 2010’s Vincent and the Doctor.
- WHO CREATED DOCTOR WHO?
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Sydney Newman’s birth, a feature on how he was frustrated in his attempts to be officially recognised as Doctor Who’s creator.
- HOME TAPING
What did fans do before the days of home video releases? Before DVD, Blu-ray and digital downloads? DWM follows the story of preserving off-air copies of Doctor Who.
- DRAMATIC FX
We examine how the visual effects of 1977’s The Invisible Enemy were achieved on a miniscule budget.
- DOORWAY TO HELL
The original Master is up to no good in Part Three of our brand-new comic strip, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
- DAY OF THE MOON
The Doctor and his companions lead a revolution against the memory-erasing Silence in this issue’s Time Team.
- VWORP VWORP!
We chat to the creators of Vworp Vworp as they release Volume 3 of their Doctor Who fanzine.
DWM reviews the latest book, audio and DVD releases in the world of Doctor Who.
- COMING SOON
Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
- PLUS! All the latest official news, competitions, the DWM crossword, and more!
Doctor Who Magazine 510 is on sale from Thursday 9 March, price £5.99.