Doctor Who chief writer Steven Moffat

Moffat in Regeneration Teaser!

What’s that, Steven Moffat? You say we’ve miscounted the Doctor’s regenerations?

Speaking at a Radio Times-sponsored event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival today, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat revealed his thinking behind the Doctor’s current regeneration situation – a state of affairs that is nearing crisis levels.

While confirming that the Doctor has a limit on his regenerations (12, if you didn’t know, thereby giving him 13 bodies in total) the wily Scot – who has cast another wily Scot (Peter Capaldi) to replace Matt Smith when his Doctor shuffles off the grid at Christmas – indicated that while we think the Eleventh Doctor is the Eleventh Doctor, he actually isn’t.

He can only regenerate 12 times.

I think you should go back to your DVDs and count correctly this time… there’s something you’ve all missed.

So, what is the wiry-haired, wily Scotsman on about? Could he be suggesting that the restoration of the regenerating Tenth Doctor in Journey’s End should count as a regeneration? Perhaps the problem is with the lack of any regeneration sequence for the Eighth Doctor, or indeed the placement of the “new” Hurt Doctor.

What do you think? How could Doctor Who fans have miscounted?

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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