New official art released today: ‘The Eleven Doctors’
Steven Moffat — speaking at a Radio Times-sponsored event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival — said of the Doctor, “He can only regenerate 12 times”, while simultaneously suggesting there has been a miscalculation of how many regenerations he has actually been through.
“I think you should go back to your DVDs and count correctly this time,” said Moffat, “there’s something you’ve all missed.”
What can it all mean? If we were attempting to explain how the Doctor might already have had more than his fair share of regenerations, we could do it. John Hurt’s newly introduced dark Doctor would presumably add one, making Peter Capaldi the 13th and final incarnation. If we then followed the argument that David Tennant’s tenth Doctor used up a whole dose of regenerative energy when he re-grew his lost hand almost immediately after having transformed from the ninth Doctor, that would give us an illegal 14 versions of the Doctor. Whether the new hand counts as a full regeneration is very much up for debate, of course, but either way these are both arguments for adding not subtracting regenerations.
On the other hand (pardon the pun), we didn’t witness Paul McGann regenerating into either John Hurt’s ninth(?) Doctor or Christopher Eccleston’s ninth/tenth Doctor. If somehow neither of those counted as regenerations we would have one fewer than we’d previously thought – Matt Smith would be the tenth Doctor and Peter Capaldi would be the 11th. But how could the Doctor have changed bodies without regenerating?
What is Steven Moffat suggesting? What have we missed?
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The Doctor as he appears in Marvel comics.
The thing I keep banging on about is that he doesn’t know what age he is. He’s lying. How could he know, unless he’s marking it on a wall? He could be 8,000 years old, he could be a million. He has no clue. The calendar will give him no clues.
—Steven Moffat, SFX, May 2010
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I saw the birth of universe and I watched as time run out, moment by moment, until nothing remained.
Just a reminder to all those worried about it, playing a part in Doctor Who prior to being cast as the Doctor has 1) been done before, 2) didn’t mean anything, and 3) did not take away from the actor’s portrayal and his believability in the role.
We left off yesterday with the arrival of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, in 1987, and then, just as things were looking promising, we went mysteriously quiet. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
Here’s how CNN announced the arrival of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, in 1996….
Post last updated Sunday, August 4 at 11:05am EDT
The next Doctor of BBC AMERICA’s hit series Doctor Who will be announced during a live television special this Sunday, August 4!
BBC One (UK) at 7:00pm BST
BBC America (US) at 2:00pm EDT, 1:00pm CDT, 12:00pm MDT, 11:00am PDT
Space (Canada) at 2:00pm ET, 11:00am PT
ABCTV (Australia) at Monday 5 August 4am AEST
Livestreams: only BBC One and ABCTV have announced internet streams of the event.
Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the special’s host Zoe Ball will unveil the Twelfth Doctor in the first ever interview in front of a live studio audience.
The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans. Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews in the special.
Steven Moffat says: “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”
Matt Smith will make his penultimate appearance in the 50th Anniversary special on Saturday, November 23 and his Eleventh Doctor will regenerate in the Christmas Special.
Because this show was a secret until today, most local TV listings have yet to be updated. This may change by end of day Saturday. If you’re looking to program your DVR, you should consider programming it manually.
There is no news of livestreams or simulcasts in other countries besides the ones listed at the top of this post. If anything changes, we will update this blog.
You’ll also find all of the latest news on this blog as well as the BBC Doctor Who site, DoctorWho.tv, Anglophenia Blog, the Doctor Who Facebook page, and the @BBCDoctorWho and @DoctorWho_BBCA accounts on Twitter.
The theme from now through Sunday is now #Who Is 12.
We’ll be blogging all day and night about this from now until Sunday and then livetumbling the Doctor Who: The Next Doctor special live. (We’ll use the tag ‘dw spoilers’.)