Also, Further reading.
Le EDIT: Untempered Schism. That's what it's called. Not the voidy thing.
I don't buy this 'picked a name to hide who he was' malarkey however. We've know for decades now that he chose his own name after coming of age. Just as the Master named himself 'Master of all' The doctor chose something similar with Doctor or the one who help everyone. He's been like that from the beginning, the new character is not the original prototype for the doc but an aberation that happened along they way.
I might have to rewatch the episode on iPlayer ;) I'm sure I was left with the impression that Hurt was a pre-Hartnell incarnation. Hint's about a decision that led him to stealing a TARDIS and becoming the Doctor. Certainly wasn't thinking Time War until I read this thread. That said, they've been going on about the Time War since what, Ecclestons first episode? It's about time they did something with it...
If it's Time War then the story fits somewhere between McGann and Eccleston because they've sown too many seeds for anything else. Valeyard is an interesting idea (I wikipedia'd it) but that would put Hurt after the the next incarnation not before Eccleston, so entirely the wrong place for the Time War to make sense (to me).
Have to admit, I wouldn't mind see some of the old Hartnell eps. again.
The Valeyard can be any of the doctors, in the books, the 7th doctor becomes him for a while until he almost kills a little girl as reasserts control. It's not hard to imagine the events of the Time War being so horriffic that the John Hurt Doctors loses it and turns all dark and broody.
@ICTDirect_Dave, That contradicts both Wikipedia (nothing unusual there then) and @X-13's link above which suggest the Valeyard is an incarnation between 12 and 13. And the last episode said he "will be" known by that name, not "has been"...
...look at us arguing canon over Dr Who! A block of swiss cheese has less holes than this shows continuity. And yet, it still makes more sense than the last half of the latest Star Trek film...
That is the Valeyard from the Trial of a timelord series. He has the potential to become the Valeyard at any given moment. Think of it as a hidden personality perhaps.
and yes, arguing SciFi is a daily requirement! Although I would call Dr Who Fantasy and not SciFi :p
I'd call it FantaSci.