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STRONG TO THE FINISH

John Hurt returned in many highly regarded audio plays. His Big Finish colleagues paid tribute to him…

While John Hurt’s on-screen Doctor Who career as the War Doctor was essentially limited to the 75 minutes of The Day of the Doctor, Big Finish Productions has filled in a few more chapters from this most mysterious period of the Doctor’s life. Yes, the War Doctor now has a bona fide ‘era’ of his own. In a dozen hour-long audio adventures, released across four box sets, we have finally got to find out what the Doctor got up to during the Time War. John Hurt’s hardened warrior incarnation has battled Daleks, teamed up with his old friend Leela, faced the horrors of the Neverwhen, and uncovered the secret of the Eternity Cage.

In light of the sad news of John’s death, DWM gathered the Big Finish team – executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, executive producer/ writer/actor/composer Nicholas Briggs, and producer David Richardson – to ask them about their experiences of working with John in the studio. But first of all, we want to find out their views as fans of his work. He had such a magnificent film, TV and theatre career, and everyone has their own favourite John Hurt memories. What does the team think it was that made him such a special actor?

“I’ve thought about this quite a lot recently,” David considers. “I realised – and it’s odd that I only realise this in retrospect – that John Hurt was an actor who made me go to the cinema. When I look back at his films, I’ve seen nearly all of them on the big screen, going back to when I was a teenager. I think the first must have been Midnight Express in 1978, then Alien, The Elephant Man, Scandal… What made him so special? I think John chose very bold and brave roles, and never did the same kind of thing twice. He was an actor’s actor, who always surprised people.”

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Contents include: A tribute to Sir John Hurt, the man who played the War Doctor, featuring contributions from those whose knew and worked with him, including David Tennant; Richard Curtis is interviewed about his Doctor work, including The Curse of Fatal Death and Vincent and the Doctor; showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; a look at the history of the home video recording of Doctor Who; the SFX of The Invisible Enemy, the story that took on Star Wars; Sydney Newman's attempts to reinvent Doctor Who in the 1980s is revealed; the Time Team watch Day of the Moon; new comic strip adventure as the Doctor faces the original Master in Doorway to Hell part three; DWM interviews the people behind the fanzine Vworp! Vworp! ; plus official news, reviews, previews, the Wotcha! page, prize-winning competitions and more!
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