Now, ever since watching the Doctor Who season finale ‘The Name of The Doctor’, I’ve been trying to figure out the meaning of the last scene (the one with John Hurt). I think I have an idea of what it could have meant.
You see, I think John Hurt portrays The Doctor’s shame. It is said that the name one chooses is like a promise, which means that when the Doctor chose his name, he promised to be the Doctor and just that; he promised to heal time and space, and never shed blood. But in the Great Time War, the Doctor broke this promise to end the war, and thus, destroying both Time Lords and the Daleks. At that time, the Doctor had no choice, he ended the war in this manner in the name of peace, and sanity, but not in the name of the Doctor. John Hurt’s Doctor is the Doctor’s personality at the time of the Great Time War, and his great shame. He is a memory, a thought, not a face.