All the Doctor’s regenerations – baring the be-wigged ‘won’t this do’ change from the Sixth to the Seventh Doctor (what a missed opportunity to do something really meta with that moment) and the medical mishap by way of a non-linear Frankenstein screening of the Seventh to Eighth Doctor – capture the Doctor’s personalities perfectly.
While its easy to caught up in the brilliance of the idea each moment says something about the Doctor so beautifully each is worthy of looking at separate from whatever tale brought us to the Doctor’s demise.
Brian Rimmer has edited together all of the Doctor’s regenerations into one ten minute video (found via Flick Filosopher) that does just that.
From the frail, sickly ending of the First Doctor to the creepy and mystery (imagine watching that and wondering what’s going to happen? Imagine the waiting!) enforced changed for the Second Doctor right through to the Ninth Doctor’s defiant, dying-standing-up ending and on to THAT moment, and THAT regeneration with the Tenth Doctor: each is magnificent.
Rimmer’s video has also inspired Stuart Ian Burns of the Feeling Listless blog to create his own theory as to what happened to the Eighth Doctor:
“There are two Doctors. The Eighth Doctor is still out there. Somewhere…”