It was superb! I actually think these last seven episodes have been the best in a whilse. I rather thought the show lost it's way with the Rory & Amy storyline.
So I reckon John hurt is the ninth doctor (a new one therefore moving the others up a notch) We know the doctor himself would never commit genocite. He just isn't capable (providing you ignore rememberance of the daleks)
So I surmise that Hurt is the ninth Doctor who then became the Valeyard (the Valeyard isn't just the doctor between the 12th and final regeneration, he is the darker side of the doctor present at all times but never allowed to surface (except in a few of the novels when the 7th Doc becomes him for a time))
This would allow him to do the dirty on the Time Lords and the Daleks, though it looks like it also cost hime his own life.
It was tennant or Ecclestone who said 'they burned' so I assume he'll bring about whatever cataclysm ended the time war and resulted in the time lock :)
Don't forget the original Silurians which Pertwee and UNIT killed off (before the 'new who' changed the history) and the Zygons.
The Doctor has a history of Genocide.
On a side note....did anyone else think the Whisper Men were a bit rubbish....and just a people version of the snowmen?
Though it made me laugh that there are more and more monsters with bits of their face missing.
Silence = Just eyes
Whisper Men = Just a mouth
Next big thing, giant ears or a giant nose.
Think it was probably meant to be the 'whisper Men' looking like the snow men.
Should have had the Yeti.
From the episode I walked away thinking Hurt was a pre-Hartnell incarnation. Having read through this thread I like the idea of John Hurt being between Eccleston and McGann and being responsible for the Time War. That kind of thing makes me excited about the 50th Anniversary special.
In terms of numbering, didn't one of the recent doctors point to himself and give a number? I'm sure it makes Matt Smith number 11. I like the idea that McGann just grew old and that's who Hurt will be playing.
As for Matt Smith and Clara (can't remember the actresses name) - I'm sure I read somewhere that they are both signed up for the next season?