What would “Doctor Who” fans think if Johnny Depp popped up as the Doctor? It’s entirely possible they’d revolt, but showrunner Steven Moffat says the thought has crossed his mind.
While speaking to SFX magazine about “Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary, Moffat explains the decision to bring John Hurt on board as a dark Doctor for the special episode. “Why not a mayfly Doctor, who exists for one show only?” he wonders. “I’d often thought about that. Would it be weird in the run of the series to have the 45th Doctor turn up and be played by Johnny Depp or someone? Would that be a cool thing to do?”
He also like the idea of bringing back the first Doctor, William Hartnell, though it’s impossible. “You’d want him to come and say ‘What in the name of God have I turned into?’ That’s the confrontation that you most want to see, to celebrate 50 years,” he says.
As for Hurt’s Doctor, Moffat makes it sound like he came before the current series of the show, explaining, “What if it is a Doctor who’s done something terrible, who’s much deadlier and more serious, who represents that thing that is the undertow in both David and Matt. You know there’s a terrible old man inside them. Well, here he is, facing the children he becomes, as it were.”
That sounds like a truly terrifying Doctor to encounter. The special episode, “The Day of the Doctor” airs November 23 on BBC America.