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Steven Moffat Casts Doubt On Peter Capaldi Being The 12th Doctor With Regeneration Comments

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10/13/2013 8:33 pm
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Steven Moffat Casts Doubt On Peter Capaldi Being The 12th Doctor With Regeneration Comments

Stephanie Coats

Lead Events Editor

Peter Capaldi might not be the 12th Doctor after all. Whovians have been issued a challenge by showrunner Steven Moffat who is claiming we have all miscounted the Doctor’s regenerations. “I think you should go back to your DVDs and count correctly this time," Moffat said. "There’s something you’ve all missed.” But in typical Moffat fashion he was mum on any details. It sounds like he’s referring to one of two things: either the Doctor has used more regenerations than we all thought or the Time Lord was granted a new regeneration cycle similar to the Master (read about that here). Either would be important news because Moffat also confirmed that the Doctor “can only regenerate 12 times.” Really the problem comes with defining the process of “regeneration.” Usually this means the Doctor changes his whole being and we get a new actor stepping into the TARDIS. But if we defined the term more technically, perhaps David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor used up a regeneration in The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End after being shot by a Dalek. That again, would make Capaldi coming in as the Thirteenth Doctor. This all gets very complicated when we throw in John Hurt’s dark Doctor. Could he be counted as a regeneration? If so, that would make Peter Capaldi’s upcoming Doctor the last at number 13 instead of number 12. Or if John Hurt does indeed fall between the Eighth Doctor and the Ninth Doctor, maybe this was when a new regeneration cycle was granted somehow. Whatever the case, Fifth Doctor Peter Davidson stated earlier this month that he believes Moffat has a plan in place to avoid the 12-regeneration limit. “I know people are worried about it, but I think there will be a way around that rule,” Davison said. “I know that Steven has put in the groundwork already in an episode so that there can be more.” This really results in more questions than answers but it does give us Whovians hope that our favorite mad man in a box will be sticking around for many regenerations to come.


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