Whovians, hold onto your sonics. The BBC just released the highly anticipated minisode prequel entitled "The Night of the Doctor" and if you're not sitting down while watching, you may need to. It's that good. I should put a mandatory spoiler warning here. So, SPOILERS. DON'T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED. Okay. Onwards.
Steve Moffat has spent weeks taunting us about the chapter of history we missed. What specific chapter? Well, we have never, ever, seen the Eighth Doctor regenerate into the Ninth Doctor. Wanna know why?
I'll tell you. In the seven minute long clip, Paul McGann reprises his role as the Eighth Doctor. Trying to run from the Time War that threatens the whole of the universe, he stumbles upon a crashing ship. On board is a young woman who is attempting to not die in the crash. In true Doctor fashion, he sweeps in and tries to take the woman, Cass, to safety. However, the moment he mentions his ship is 'bigger on the inside', Cass is immediately horrified. She despises the Time Lords and locks herself behind a deadlocked door. In a rather scathing way, she basically tells the Doctor that him dying on the ship will be the greatest day ever.
Well, they crash and the Doctor and Cass both die. However, in a great nod to Classic Who, the red robed, Sisterhood of Karn make an appearance and revive the Doctor for four minutes. In the ensuing time, a Sister convinces the Doctor that he can't run anymore from the war and that he should choose an elixir they've made so he can properly regenerate. No rules apply. No random regen. He can choose who he wants to be. And he chooses a warrior.
In choosing that, the whole of New Who has been officially been rewritten. The Eighth Doctor doesn't regenerate into the Ninth Doctor. He regenerates into John Hurt's Doctor, aptly named The War Doctor, in the credits.
Cue screaming Whovians *everywhere*.
So what does this mean? Does it mean that theories about Peter Capaldi's incoming Doctor are true? Could we be seeing the Valeyard sometime in the upcoming series? Moffat has said that he has acknowledged the regeneration limit which means Capaldi is now essentially unlucky number thirteen, the last of the Doctor's regenerations. However, everything right now is speculation.
I guess we'll have to wait until the "The Day of the Doctor" which airs NINE days from today. We are now officially in single digits, Whovians. The moment is coming.
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