Dr. Who showrunner Steven Moffat revealed to SFX magazine that he did consider A-list actor Johnny Depp for the highly coveted role, but went with John Hurt instead. "Why not a mayfly Doctor, who exists for one show only?" he said as he comes up on the show's 50th anniversary. "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?"