I only have a couple of complaints about the 50th Anniversary Special. I’m a bit surprised considering how much I watched leading up to the episode which usually leads to my imagination coming up with more than the show gives me. Okay, that’s really not so surprising, this is Doctor Who we’re talking about! This show rarely disappoints.
First off, Tennant’s hair. I know, I know, this really shouldn’t be my biggest disappointment but his mane just wasn’t up to its usually glory. John Hurt had better hair than 10, what a pity. I suppose, however, that if this is my biggest complaint that that says a lot about the show.
Other complaints: Timothy Dalton didn’t return as Lord President of the Time Lord Council (but maybe he’s battling the Master after returning from The End of Time?), Christopher Eccleston decided not to be a part of the special which made 8.5’s regen lackluster, and that it didn’t last long enough. Luckily, however, the internet has been flooded with rumors and speculations to keep us all busy until Christmas. It seems rather morbid to look forward to the Christmas special when we all know Moffat will be killing 11 but I can’t help it! I need more time with the Doctor, no matter what regen.
Now that 8.5 has been introduced, of course Whovians all over are getting caught up in the number of regenerations allowed in the folklore. It’s been known in the fandom that Time Lords are allowed 12 regenerations. Here’s what I’m seeing all over the internet: if we count them all up to this point, 8.5 counts as one and meta crisis 10 counts as another and this all adds up to 11 actually being the 13th form (12 regens) which means the Christmas special will actually be the death of the Doctor and Peter Capaldi will be someone else. After all, it’s Moffat we’re talking about and rule #1 is that Moffat lies. This would completely change the number of all Doctors back to John Hurt.
Here’s how I’m fairly certain we can chalk this rumor up to be false. Either false or we’re in for a fairly huge plot hole (’cause that never happens). If this were true, River/Melody Pond didn’t need to kill 11 in his regeneration cycle because he’d just die due to no more regenerations. Besides, why would Peter Capaldi have shown up in The Day of the Doctor as the 12th Doctor, quipping that he made them 13? Moffat isn’t exactly the kind of writer to backtrack one episode in a whoopsidaisy sort of fashion. I must admit, though, that I would love to at least see Moffat utter the word “whoopsidaisy.”
What bothers me most about this rumor is that some sites are reporting this as fact from Moffat, while others are reporting a different story. It’s been reported that Moffat wishes fans would stop worrying about numbers so much, that it really isn’t important. Then he explains that what really matters is the name he takes and that John Hurt’s character never claims the name of the Doctor. However, I seem to recall at the end of The Day of the Doctor, he did. So this seems to be another rumor, or even just an interview with Moffat taken out of context.
There are many reasons we can believe Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will be able to regenerate, even if technically he’s the last of the allotted regens. The High Council of Time Lords offered a new regeneration cycle to the Master. It also seems possible that the Sisterhood of Karn are capable of brewing a potion to trigger a regeneration past the limit. Rassilon (Lord President) has also found immortality in perpetually regenerating his body. So you see, it really seems fruitless to worry so much about the amount of regenerations. Personally, I have a feeling that the Doctor (12) will try to find wherever Gallifrey is hidden and possibly unfreeze them. As a thank you, the High Council may possibly give him more regens. Who knows, maybe they’ll bring back the Master and Lord President and have a huge showdown. But we will just have to wait and see.
To sum this all up, my mindset on all of this stuff is we will just have to wait and see what happens on Christmas. It’s fun to speculate and guess, but there’s really no reason to get all worked up over the number of regenerations our favorite two hearted alien has gone through. Since The Day of the Doctor 3D was second in the box office in just one single night (number one slot held by Hunger Games: Catching Fire after opening weekend), it’s safe to say this show is far too popular to say goodbye to it any time soon.
What are your thoughts on the 50th Anniversary? Agree, disagree? Let me know! It’s far too much fun to talk Whovian.