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Published on October 12th, 2013 | by Drew Boynton

Davison Suspects Regeneration Limit Will Be Solved

Has the moment already been prepared for? Fifth Doctor Peter Davison believes that a plan is already in place to give extra regenerations to our favorite Time Lord:

“I know people are worried about it, but I think there will be a way around that rule.”

And he adds that showrunner and international man-of-mystery Steven Moffat may be ready to put a solution into action:

“I know that Steven has put in the groundwork already in an episode so that there can be more.”

What does Mr. Davison know that we don’t, hmm? Could Moffat have planned for this when Professor River Song saved the Eleventh by giving him all of her regeneration energy in Series 6′s Let’s Kill Hitler?

Or was it something as simple as the infamous “507 regenerations” quote in the Death of the Doctor episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures? Perhaps it will be something to do with the as-yet-unrevealed true identity of John Hurt’s Doctor in the upcoming anniversary special?

Whatever the case, we will find out soon enough in the coming months.

Surely all of this talk must have The Valeyard feeling a bit nervous?

, if you were going to extend the Doctor’s life in some amazing way, how would you do it?
(Via Doctor Who TV.)



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Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

12 Responses to Davison Suspects Regeneration Limit Will Be Solved

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    It’s been staring us in the face for years. The Time Lords offered the Master a new regenerative cycle in “The Five Doctors”. An implication of this may be that it was the Time Lords who regulated the number of times they can regenerate. No more Time Lord society: no more limit on regenerations.

    • avatar Colin says:

      I like this idea that the regeneration limit was a self-imposed cap, and without any governing Time Lords to impose or regulate the limit, the Doctor can regenerate as many times as he wants. (Note: as many times as he WANTS–i.e., if he decides he’s had enough, he can choose not to regenerate. That’s my theory, anyway.)

    • I wouldn’t say staring us in the face… we suggested the same thing back in 2005. Most of fandom is just catching up…

  2. avatar TonyS says:

    Actually my preferered option is that they just ignore it and carry on.

  3. avatar AJ says:

    Without the Time Lords I. Think the rule is null and void. As in they inforced the rule and without them it can be broken.

  4. avatar DonnaM says:

    I’m kind of expecting Mr Moffat to deal with the whole business in the anniversary episode – in fact I’ll be a touch disappointed if he doesn’t! Hurt’s Doctor having something to do with it wouldn’t surprise me, but does that make it a bit too obvious for the way the boss-man’s mind works?

    • avatar John Miller says:

      That’s what I thought too. The Hurt Doctor did something that prolonged his life, but the other incarnations are ashamed of it.

      The alternative is that Smith is 2.7, and Capaldi.2.8. Just go with the Morbius line. Thus Davison was 13, the TIme Lords gave the Doctor a new set of regenerations for defeating Borusa’s scheme, and leave it up to the next person to work out…

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    I think there’s another story hidden here: how does Peter Davidon know what’s up and coming in a future script to that detail? A bit like the question of why he has a script for Day of the Doctor with his name embossed on it.

  6. avatar Morbius says:

    The regeneration limit is more than a simple rule that the time lords can ignore whenever they want to. If that were the case then why did the Master have to continually steel peoples bodies just to stay alive. If it were just a rule that you could break, I think the Master would have broken it.

  7. avatar vortexter says:

    This must be the game-changing thing they mention in the 50th. No more limits on regeneration.

  8. avatar jon says:

    The makers of doctor who may leave it until the doctor is on his last body to keep the fans wondering if he will regenerate or die. Perhaps he will get new regenerating powers by an accident from unknown technology or some sort of natural element from a planet he lands on in the tardis. He may even be on some sort of quest to find a life regenerating drug or even the power from his own tardis,if the tardis can give life eternal to a human like captain jack then i am sure the power from the tardis can return regenertive powers to a timelord from the same planet.The list is long and should not be a great problem to sort out.

  9. avatar I.Y. Murphy says:

    Additional regenerations were touched on in the Peter Davison and Tom Baker eras. In ‘The Five Doctors’, the High Council of Time Lords offered The Master a new series of Regenerations, and in ‘Mawdryn Undead’, Mawdryn was an alien looking to use Time Lord technology to regenerate. If the machine used by Mawdryn still exists, a new series of regenerations could be created for The Doctor by tapping the power of a Black Hole, just as Omega did to create The Eye of Harmony. “So that nothing shall age, or wither, or die”, a quote from Tom Baker’s story, “The Deadly Assassin”.

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