If you listen to the Big Finish audios, you realise Eight could easily have been the one to fight the Time War. To The Death would have been a great lead in to him going off to fight the Daleks. That would also explain why he was only seen on TV once - his future selves wanted to forget most of their time as him because of what he did.This just makes me wish all the more that if they couldn't get #9 for the big 50th crossover, that #8 should have been the one to execute the Moment.
All love to John Hurt, I just REALLY wish McGann had been given his moment to shine.
The Eighth Doctor is the bridge between the classic and new series so it would’ve made perfect sense from a 50th anniversary standpoint too. At least he showed up in some capacity I guess.