Okay so Clara is seemingly a massive analogy for the Doctor Who series.
* Victorian-Clara was born on November the 23rd, the day Doctor Who first aired, and died at the age of 26, the number of Classic Doctor Who seasons.
* Modern-Clara was born in 1989, the year Classic Who was cancelled. Her mother died on March the 5th, the day Doctor Who returned to screens.
* Clara is eventually revealed to have fallen through and has scattered herself across he Doctor’s timeline and has met all eleven Doctors. We see this in ‘The Name of the Doctor’ which is interspersed with scenes of Classic Who with Clara edited into the footage.
If Moffat has introduced a character that is analogous to the fiftieth anniversary of the series then it is not such a large leap to guess that John Hurt’s Doctor represents the cancellation of the series and what happened off-screen until Christopher Ecclestone took on the role in 2005.
Let me explain. The Eleventh Doctor refused to acknowledge John Hurt’s character as the Doctor but admitted that he is an incarnation of himself. My theory is that John Hurt’s character is analogous to the gap between the 1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann and the 2005 revival.
The reason ‘Doctor Who’ was off our screens for that time is because shortly after the Eighth Doctor was born and tied up the Seventh Doctor’s loose ends, he stopped being the Doctor. He became a warrior, an ‘Oncoming Storm’, the killer of both Daleks and his own kind.
Perhaps it was his role in ending the Time War that was the act that broke his promise to be ‘The Doctor’, “The one who makes people better” or “A great healer”. Perhaps it was something far worse.
Basically my theory is that John Hurt is an older representation of Paul McGann’s character. The reason why there were no Doctor Who episodes between the movie and the 2005 series is because the protagonist was no longer the Doctor. The protagonist only became the Doctor once more when he abandoned his eighth incarnation and regenerated into his ninth.
I may be right. I may be wrong. All I know is that John Hurt’s Doctor is wearing the same jacket that Christopher Ecclestone wore when he first appeared as the Ninth Doctor.