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Galaxy Forum

Your views on everything going on in the hectic world of Doctor Who…

Last issue, we paid tribute to the late John Hurt, whose distinuished career included starring in 2013‘s The Day of the Doctor, and your letters have continued to pour in, remembering him

IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN

MARK HOLDING EMAIL The words of Nicholas Pegg, David Tennant and the Big Finish team in DWM 510 were a wonderful tribute to Sir John Hurt – so warm and genuine and celebratory of his life and of the great contribution he made to film, TV and theatre. What struck me was not only how impactful he was on those lucky enough to work with him, but how much joy and pleasure he seemed to have taken from working with ‘Nicky-Nicky-Nick-Nick’ and Big Finish towards the end of his career.

SEAN ALEXANDER ISLE OF ANGLESEY Thanks to Nicholas Pegg for a thoughtful, insightful and moving tribute to John Hurt in DWM 510. I’d followed Hurt’s career from his 1970s breakthroughs in 10 Rillington Place, The Naked Civil Servant and Alien, through to arguably the finest performance not to be rewarded with an Oscar (The Elephant Man).

Hurt satisfied the most rare and complementary of qualities, elevating even the most average of productions – and among 130 credits there were inevitably a few – to the level of ‘must-see’ through his performance alone. The likes of Frankenstein Unbound, Hellboy and the last Indiana Jones film were all the better for his presence, like a mundane football side blessed with a mercurial star. It’s long since become cliché to remark on the passing of great actors as an untenable loss to the industry, but in Hurt’s case it really feels like that. The man was as talented as he was humble, and Doctor Who was privileged to count him among its many luminaries.

Great men really are forged in fire. May John Hurt’s flame burn for countless years to come.

Also last issue, our Tape Heads article looked at the history of how fans recorded Doctor Who episodes off-air in the 1970s and 80s – which prompted a large response…

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