From the Guardian: He travels through time and space, saves the Earth, and has millions of fans all over the world. But as every “Whovian” knows, the Doctor cannot last for ever: Time Lords are able to regenerate only 12 times before they die.
Fans have always thought that the 13th doctor would be the last, thanks to a 1976 Doctor Who episode, The Deadly Assassin, featuring Tom Baker as the Doctor in his fourth incarnation, and revealing for the first time the regeneration limit. But a passing comment in a children’s television programme later this month is set to rewrite history and cast the Doctor, iconic hero of the world’s most successful and longest-running science fiction series, as immortal.
While the Doctor and Clyde Langer, played by Daniel Anthony, are in the process of outwitting spooky vulture undertakers the Shansheeth, Clyde asks how many times he can regenerate. The Doctor indicates that there is no limit. The action continues.
The BBC would not say whether there would be any further explanation. “We never comment on future storylines for Doctor Who,” said a spokeswoman.
Skitch Commentary: Russell T Davies has long said that it would be easy enough to get rid of the regeneration limit with just one line of dialouge. Pretty funny that he slipped it in during an episode Sarah Jane Adventures, not while he was show running Doctor Who, but definitely a long time coming.
Wonder what Stephen Moffat (current Doctor Who showrunner) has to say.
Tags: Doctor Who
Source: The Guardian