For those of you who haven’t seen the regenerations of any of the Doctors, please continue this post with caution. I will probably spoil something.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Doctor Who. I stopped watching shortly after the latest Doctor for so many reasons, but that’s not why I’m writing this.
Recently, while surfing YouTube half-drowsily, I looked for a video of all the Doctors regenerations (yes, that apparently included David Tennant’s half-regeneration). In my opinion, I think regenerations have been the best and most powerful moments of Doctor Who, a show which traditionally had different plot lines for different episodes.
Don’t get me wrong. Doctor Who was an amazing show and is definitely worth starting. There are so many great things about it that make Doctor Who one of the best (if not the best) science-fiction of all time. It is a brilliant show that you should definitely consider starting if you have not had the opportunity to yet. And if you haven’t started the show, do not continue this article. It will literally spoil everything for you.
My favourite part of the entire show is the regenerations. Out of everything in the show, nothing can beat the regenerations.
I believe it was Christopher Eccleston who said that his favourite part of Doctor Who was the regenerations.
Though he’s not my favourite Doctor, I have to agree with him on this one.
Each Doctor is different from the other, which depends on the wardrobe, how he is written or how the actor chooses to play him. The War Doctor is completely different from Matt Smith’s Doctor, although they are playing the exact same person. The way a Doctor gets to a new face is through the process of almost dying, to which point his cells begin to heal themselves and he would regenerate.
With all of this, it comes across as each Doctor is living their own life while occupying the same person. They share memories and history, but they make their own present. It is completely unique to their person. Like in death, regeneration is a goodbye to all the things that Doctor has accomplished and all the people he has met.
There are so many metaphors and parallels in Doctor Who, but I’ve always felt the life of each Doctor was a parallel for life in general. The Doctor is always full of potential, and the regenerations means you won’t see that side of the Doctor ever again. It is a true good bye.
That’s basically my entire thing on regenerations. I feel like they capture the end so well. But I’d love to hear your thoughts! What’s your favourite part of Doctor Who? Do you agree with my entire post? Comment below!