Steven Moffat about John Simm’s Master and Peter Capaldi’s regeneration

“They are absolutely wonderful together. They are hilarious, it’s absolutely gorgeous. You’re in for a real treat. A real treat”

The current showrunner reveals that the John Simm always secretly wanted to return to Doctor Who, and that his performance is well worth the wait. And he is back in series 10.

Also he drops hints about Peter Capaldi’s regeneration: “His Doctor feels sort of impulsive and in the moment and would do something reckless that you wouldn’t expect”.

Speaking to at the BFI & Radio Times festival, Steven Moffat had some thoughts about the Tweflth Doctor’s final stand.

Regeneration Carol – A Christmas parody by Not Literally Productions

Something funny based on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser. Hoping to listen you singing on Christmas (while watching the special episode?).

We wish you could stay
I’ve gotta regenerate
For just one more day?
I’ve gotta regenerate
Our travels have been–
It feels like we barely met
So very nice
Showed you the stars, but at what price?
I wish you could stay forever
Maybe I’m not so clever
Stop list’ning for that knock at the door
The girl who waited, waiting no more
I guess now it’s goodbye sweetie
Beautiful please don’t leave me
Well maybe just a little trip more…
Come on in, I’ll just get the door
Can’t run anymore
I really don’t want to go
Well…you’ve done this before
Must it be time to go?
I’m glad that we had…
Even fixed points can change
…the time we had
I guess it might not be so bad
It’s time to run and remember
How bittersweet this December
You’ll be the same old Doctor inside
Maybe I’ll be ginger this time
We wish you could stay
It’s time for a clean slate
Time to regenerate!

The Power of the Daleks animated reconstruction

The biggest news of the week is the forthcoming BBC release of an animated reconstruction of the 1966 long-missing regeneration epic “The Power of the Daleks”. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. The episode is introduced by the Second Doctor himself.

The official trailer. The full story is here:

The original trailer, from 50 years ago.

This classic Dalek adventure, featuring Patrick Troughton’s debut as the Doctor, will be released later this year on BBC Store, exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One (November 5), and then on DVD.

The War Doctor’s extended regeneration animation

Christopher Eccleston was absent from the 50th anniversary episodes, so we could not watch the War Doctor regenerating into the ninth. But that ”error” was corrected online, by this animation written and animated by Blondie (Liam Wilson): after hopefully just saving Gallifrey, the war doctor (John Hurt) returns to his TARDIS to regenerate into the 9th doctor and start the post-regeneration trauma

The 9th doctor’s impression was performed by Pete Walsh.

The origin of regeneration – The Krotons special feature

This is a part of Regeneration Week on the Official Doctor Who channel, originally uploaded to the classic Doctor Who channel on July 21st 2012.

After the post-regeneration madness of Deep Breath it’s time to to go back to the beginning when the whole idea of a Timelord’s restorative powers were completely new to the Doctor Who audience.

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The Regeneration Cycle

Let’s enjoy the many and various faces of the Doctor, regenerating in sequence! It’s simple, but hypnotic. The YouTube user Dave Clipson has made this Regeneration Cycle morphing from one Doctor to another in order. It draws out is the similarities between the faces.

You may see a seamless(ish) line between William Hartnell and Peter Capaldi in which hawklike noses and sharp eyes appear when you least expect them. After you watch the cycle a few times you’d be forgiven for claiming a distinct family likeness between all twelve Doctors. Never stop watching!

2013 Christmas special episode, The time of the Doctor

Do you remember the first question? The one that’s hidden in plain sight, the oldest questiobn in the Univers, the one in it’s name the Silence acted to kill the Doctor and to stop him to reach Trenzalore.

Doctor: “Who wants me dead?”
Teselecta: “The Silence”
Doctor: “What is the Silence? Why is it called that? What does it mean?”
Teselecta: “The Silence is not a species; it is a religious order or movement. Their core belief is that silence will fall when the question is asked.”
Doctor: “What question?”
Teselecta: “The first question; the oldest question in the universe. Hidden in plain sight.”
Doctor: “Yes, but what is the question?”
Teselecta: “Unknown”

To the end of season 6 he was told what the question was, the one in the title of the show: Doctor Who?

DORIUM: “On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature may speak falsely or fail to give answer, a question will be asked. A question that must never, ever be answered.”
THE DOCTOR: “Silence will fall when the question is asked”
DORIUM: “Silence must fall would be a better translation. The Silence are determined that the question must never be answered. The Doctor must never reach Trenzalore.”
THE DOCTOR: “I don’t understand? What’s it got to do with me?”
DORIUM: “The first question. The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight. Would you like to know what it is?”
DORIUM: “Are you sure?”

If you haven’t watch the yesterday episode, yet, let me tell you its most important aspect: it’s not only Matt Smith closing as the Doctor, an epic one, and a ending of 12 regeneration cycle (the Doctor should have died on Trenzalore, as you already know from The name of the Doctor), but it’s the moment a lot of pieces of the puzzle known in different episodes from several seasons get together in a coherent story. It’s one of the most beautiful aspect of temporal travels: you find out the reason of  various events only in the final, when you have to find out, and the forces that will bring to experients in the past are already in motion.

Why 12 regenerations? Everyone knows, or at least everyone knew until The day of the Doctor, that Matt Smith was the eleventh Doctor. Because that Lord of Time played by John Hurt was not considered to be a Doctor, at least not by many for a long time, but he consumed a regeneration. Also, the tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant) regenerated once, when he was wounded by a Dalek, dar he kept his face. That’s why the Doctor should have die on Trenzalore, defending the village called Christmas – the man who stayed for Christmas – during several hundred of years of conflict, but it did not happen this way.

But let’s start with the beginning: a strange signal was send from some planet to the rest of the Univers, it reached the most distant stars. Nobody knew what it was, but it succeded in frightening a lot of people… and everyone came, trying to find out its meaning and source. Among them there were old enemies (to each other and the Doctor), as Daleks, Cyberman, Sontaran and many others… but in the beginning they did not fight each others. Tasha Lem was Mother Superious to a religious order, Papal mainframe, the first one that arrived to the planet, and she decided to isolate it – not even the TARDIS could land without her approval. If you still remember, you have watched her soldiers (some warrior priests, the Clerics) in action in 2 previous episodes, The time of angels and Flesh and stone, and the creatures known as Silence were some genetical modified priests to make people forget their confessions as soon they move their eyes somewhere else. Also, mentions to the religios order and its leader appear in the episode A Good Man Goes to War, when it is said that colonel Manton had her approval to reveal the identity of the Hooded Monks. Some of the member of this religious order traveled back in time in Doctor’s personal history, they tried with no succes to stop him to get to Trenzalore. The result was the creation of River Song, Doctor’s wife, the explosion of the TARDIS and the creation of that cracks in time and space that helped transmitting the signal that brought them here.

When they realized the the Time Lords were sending the signal, the same Time Lords saved by the Doctors (David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt) in the previous episode, broadcat at 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the half curious, three quarters frightened gathering of ships and creatures start a siedge that last about 3 centuries: they can not allow the Doctor to speak loud his name and bring his race back, and he can not let the ones from the orbit to destroy the life on the planet Trenzalore.

I let you find the the details of the siedge and how it turned into a real war (that lasted some further time) on your own. Into the final the dying Doctor get an unexpected present from the Lords of Time: a new cicle of regenerations. In the period of the siedge and the war he became an old fellow, the present reset him.. before transforming into the new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) he gets a surprise visit: Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan), his former companion.

It was a pretty good episode – it brought together several stories and elements from Doctor’s history into something coherent. But, from several points of view, it was a little superficial. It could have insisted on several aspects of war, the factions or Tasha Lem’s position and relation with the Doctor, so my evaluation is 7 of 10.

Director Jamie Payne, writer: Steven Moffat.

Cast: Matt Smith (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Dan Starkey (Sontaran), Nicholas Briggs (vocile Daleks / Cybermen), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek 1), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek 2), Ken Bones (voice), Orla Brady (Tasha Lem), Mark Anthony Brighton (Colonel Albero), James Buller (Clara’s dad), Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Aidan Cook (Cyberman), Tom Gibbons (young man), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Sonita Henry (Colonel Meme).

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Strax Field Report: The Doctor has Regenerated!

Strax reports on the Doctor saving the universe again and his latest regeneration in the Christmas special episode, The time of the Doctor.

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The Time of the Doctor – The TV Trailer, Christmas Special 2013

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars – and amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

“And now it’s time for one last bow like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelve’s…”

“If you want my life, come and get it!” shouts the Time Lord as the siege of Trenzalore begins. And then we hear those four words, delivered by a Dalek: “The Doctor is regenerating!”

Could that be a slight note of panic in its voice…? 😀

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Tenth Doctor – His story from Start to Finish

This video tells you Tenth Doctor’s story, it takes you from regeneration to regeneration and all the episodes where David Tennant was the Doctor.

Song: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish

0:00 - 0:36 The Christmas Invasion
0:36 - 0:54 New Earth
0:54 - 1:03 Tooth and Claw
1:03 - 1:12 School Reunion
1:12 - 1:36 The Girl in the Fireplace
1:36 - 1:44 Rise of the Cybermen
1:44 - 1:55 The Age of Steel
1:55 - 2:14 The Idiot’s Lantern
2:14 - 2:20 The Impossible Planet
2:20 - 2:27 The Satan Pit
2:27 - 2:31 Fear Her
2:31 - 2:34 Army of Ghosts
2:34 - 3:01 Doomsday
3:01 - 3:21 The Runaway Bride
3:21 - 3:33 Smith and Jones
3:33 - 3:39 The Shakespeare Code
3:39 - 3:49 Gridlock
3:49 - 3:50 Daleks in Manhattan
3:50 - 3:59 Evolution of the Daleks
3:59 - 4:09 The Lazarus Experiment
4:09 - 4:25 42
4:25 - 4:39 Human Nature
4:39 - 4:47 The Family of Blood
4:48 - 4:59 Blink
4:59 - 5:15 Utopia
5:15 - 5:26 The Sound of Drums
5:26 - 5:34 The Last of the Time Lords
5:34 - 5:35 Time Crash
5:35 - 5:47 Voyage of the Damned
5:47 - 5:54 Partners in Crime
5:54 - 6:03 The Fires of Pompeii
6:03 - 6:09 Planet of the Ood
6:09 - 6:13 The Sontaran Stratagem
6:13 - 6:18 The Poison Sky
6:18 - 6:24 The Doctor’s Daughter
6:24 - 6:29 The Unicorn and the Wasp
6:29 - 6:34 Silence in the Library
6:34 - 6:45 Forest of the Dead
6:45 - 6:53 Midnight
6:53 - 6:59 Turn Left
6:59 - 7:11 The Stolen Earth
7:11 - 7:26 Journey’s End
7:26 - 7:30 Music of the Spheres
7:30 - 7:42 The Next Doctor
7:42 - 7:54 Planet of the Dead
7:54 - 7:58 The Wedding of Sarah Jane Part 2
7:58 - 8:22 The Waters of Mars
8:22 - 8:37 The End of Time Part 1
8:37 - 9:57 The End of Time Part 2
9:57 - 10:47 Regeneration
10:47 - 11:00 Outtro