Joopac_Badur wrote:Although if the Doctor is able to bestow regenerations to people, I wonder if it'll negate the whole he's only got twelve chances to regenerate.
I believe we've already discussed this here, haven't we? Or did I discuss it with folks elsewhere? Either way, yah, it may have already. In the episode of Sarah Jane Adventures
with the Eleventh Doctor, he mentions have over a hundred lives. There's no real indication of how serious he is on this point, but from what has been said by RTD (and apparently it is a shared attitude with Moffat), "they only said 12 like once or twice in the old shows". Which is a ridiculously infuriating way of looking at the continuity, but there we are. At least we fans have the slim idea to hang onto that if he does
have so many regenerations going now, at least there is a legitimate canon way that he could have gotten them. He is pretty much the arbiter of everything Time Lord now, so there's nothing saying he didn't just pop himself into a regeneration pod and crank the handle a few times.
I myself have also not seen the show. I knew it was supposed to be a more kiddie version of Doctor Who (whereas Torchwood is more of an adult version), and it apparently is hugely popular.
Meh. I could go on about the bad points of the show as I see it, but I've decided not to do so in a thread about the main actress' death. Instead, I'll say that if you do
ever decide to watch the show, I would personally recommend The Day of the Clown
, Prisoner of the Judoon
, and Death of the Doctor
Matador wrote:Again, I don't watch Dr. Who (I don't have the money for the DVDs or the television to watch the series on), but I think that the idea of the regeneration was far more intelligent than you gave it credit, Jim.
I never said it wasn't intelligent. It was, in fact, a very
smart move on their part. Not just in hindsight - though it certainly can be seen to have been a smart move in hindsight, given how long the series has run and its insane popularity - but at the time as well. The reason they instated it was because Hartnell's health had been failing for quite some time, and he finally simply couldn't
keep making the show, meaning it was a solution to a problem they very much did
have. Their original plan to deal with this was to start a new series with the Son of the Doctor, but this was discarded as being a bad idea, thankfully. Coming up with regeneration and thus not only keeping the same - if somewhat altered - character via means that could be easily explained away in-universe by "he's an alien, he can do that" . . . well that's just absolutely brilliant.
But no matter how great an idea or how well integrated it was into the overall story, it was still a decision based on one simple thing: to enable them to keep making Doctor Who
, which had already become one of their most popular shows at the time.