Monday, 21 October 2013

The Regeneration Game

Steven Moffat has recently been talking about the Doctor's regeneration limit. According to him, as first stated back in 1976's The Deadly Assassin, the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times.
There is something hiding in plain sight that allows future show-runners to get round this, apparently.
My first thought was to consider the regenerations to date. There have been eleven incarnations of the Doctor (plus the Hurt one still to be explained) but are they all the product of regeneration?
Two of the transformations we have never actually seen - Troughton into Pertwee and McGann into Eccleston. Maybe the answer lies therein.
However, the most obvious thing to me is River Song and Let's Kill Hitler. She only ever regenerated twice, so gave the Doctor the power of ten further regenerations. So 22 regenerations - and 23 Doctors?

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