Immortality Blues

Lucky previewers of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Death of the Doctor at the BFI on Monday were greeted with news that the Doctor is immortal…

The episode – which reunites the Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith and Jo Grant (former Third Doctor companion played by Katy Manning) – features a moment in which Clyde Lander (Daniel Anthony) quizzes the Doctor on how many times he can change.

Clyde, Luke and Rani all encountered the Tenth Doctor in David Tennant’s last recorded performance as the Time Lord in The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 story The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, which co-starred Nigel Havers doing his now familiar aging smoothy role…

According to The Guardian:

While the Doctor and Clyde Langer… are in the process of outwitting spooky vulture undertakers the Shansheeth, Clyde asks how many times he can regenerate.

The Doctor indicates that there is no limit. The action continues.

As we’v already seen, the 12 regenerations (13 body) limit imposed by the Time Lords is arbitrary. They offered the Master a new cycle of regenerations in The Five Doctors, and as recently as Last of the Time Lords, we found that the insane Gallifreyan had been “resurrected”. Indeed, it seems that even Rassilon himself was reawakened to lead the Time Lords against the Daleks (The End of Time).

So all of this should come as no surprise.

What do you think?

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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