Well the Moff has certainly put the cat among the pigeons lately: not content with bringing back Gallifrey (yay by the way) he has now gone on the record as stating that Matt Smith is the Thirteenth Doctor, thanks to the inclusion of both John Hurt’s ‘War Doctor’ and David Tennant’s borrowed DNA-from-a-hand second Tenth Doctor/
The Time Lord is now out of lives.
That 12 times limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – and science fiction is all about rules, right? So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas Special?
Now, I know that there are a lot of folks out there scratching their heads over this as only days earlier the news hit that Moffat had declared that Matt Smith was definitely, definitively the 11th Doctor. Well to throw my hat into the ring on the situation, I see both as being true, yes the Doctor has used up all 12 regenerations – the concept first being established in 1976 adventure The Deadly Assassin, and has indeed had 13 different bodies but only 11 of them have been ‘The Doctor’, in name at least.
Remember that Hurt’s character renounced the name while the regenerating Tenth Doctor stole the DNA from his own previously severed hand to avert an early change (“I like being me”). So even though we have no need to rebrand any of the actors who have inhabited the role, we are in for something very special come Christmas as we see what happens when a Time Lord runs out of lives.
The Christmas special The Time of the Doctor will air on Wednesday, December 25 at 7.30pm on BBC One and 8/9c on BBC America.
(Via Digital Spy.)