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Don’t worry, you don’t have to accept John Hurt’s Doctor as the Ninth Doctor.
The Doctor himself sure as hell doesn’t. ;p
I’m pretty sure he isn’t “Nine”. Probably the Valeyard or some other fake incarnation. They are pretty firm that Nine is Nine and Ten is Ten and Eleven is Eleven. “Song for Ten” and “the Eleventh hour” and such.
That’s true, and I admit I’m overthinking things here, but even if he was the literal ninth incarnation, the Doctor of the here and now outright denies him for decisions he made that were unbecoming of the name “Doctor.” He’s an old shame, one that would’ve stayed buried if not for the Great Intelligence forcing his hand. That’s the takeaway I’m getting.