Sad news has reached the Doctor Who community today, and indeed the wider world. Sir John Hurt, fondly known to us as the War Doctor, has bravely spoken about his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. In a heartfelt statement by Sir John today, he began:
I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement
I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.
In a typically positive manner Sir John adds:
I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (one of life’s small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4
Our hearts go out to John at this time.