thefourthman wrote:if they start cheating, it sullies the whole thing. I am cool with partial regenerations not counting, whole sale is whole sale... not acting in the name of the doctor and not being named the doctor are two different things and like it or not, the SCREEN SAID "AND INTRODUCING JOHN HURT AS THE DOCTOR."
You're arguing pointless things.
The Doctor doesn't go around calling himself the 11th Doctor, or the 10th Doctor or whatever. The numbering is for the fans.
And the BBC is calling it the 12th Doctor, and have shown McGann's picture among the past Doctors. Hurt does not count as a "Doctor".
Hurt is a past regeneration, but one the Doctor doesn't acknowledge anymore. It's not complicated.