Is this how Doctor Who courtesy of the Sarah Jane Adventures will answer the regeneration limit?

Now one of the biggest debates with Doctor Who fans at the moment is how  the writers are going to get around the fact that the Doctor has a limited amount of regenerations. The rumour was this question would be answered in the upcoming Sarah Jane Adventures two parter titled “Death of the Doctor” and guest starring Matt Smith.

According to the Guardian the answer to the regeneration question is a lot more simpler to solve than I believed it would be.

The moment comes in the CBBC spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which stars former companion Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. Matt Smith, who plays the current Doctor Who, guest stars in a two-part episode called The Death of the Doctor, to be screened on October 25 and 26. 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.

However  Doctor Who TV has reported this.

another source at last night’s Death of the Doctor screening revealed the Doctor actually says he can regenerate 507 times. So there’s still a limitation, just a rather large one!

Now of course this is still speculation as I’ve not seen the episode or now exactly what is said but if this is the case then it does feel like a lazy get out clause (i.e  the Spidey it’s magic ret con fiasco) to me seeing that the number of regeneration has played such a big part in the show’s mythos.

It doesn’t surprise me that the writers would try to make him immortal as to put on my cynic’s hat Doctor Who is a massive cash cow for the BBC. It makes sense they would try to build more longevity in for the character rather than saying “right that’s all the regenerations done I guess we’ll have to end the show.”

I’m sure I’ll get over it (I’m not sure if more die-hard Whovians will be quite so forgiving)  but to be honest if it does play out that way I will be saddened that the creative team couldn’t tackle the problem a little more creatively and give more time over to it.

Another positive point to make is that this supposedly throwaway line is something that could be part of a bigger plan to be picked up on and expanded upon in the next series of Doctor Who.

I will be  playing the hopeful wait and see card until I’ve seen both of these episodes and then the next series of Who before I finally come off the fence on this one.

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: The Guardian

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One comment

  1. While the concept of regeneration itself is vitally important to DOCTOR WHO, I don’t think the limitation on the number of regenerations has played that large a role at all. I mean, beyond “The Deadly Assassin,” in which the Master was at the end of his allotment, and “The Twin Dilemma,” in which Azmael defeated the baddie by trying to regenerate a 13th time, I cannot think of a story in which the limit itself was important.

    As I suggest in my blog entry on the subject (, the limit was probably just a story-telling device that seemed like a good idea back in 1976, when nobody dared think the show would still be on the air in 2011. The Grand Moff should slip it into an episode that the limit was a Time Lord rule, and no longer applies now that Gallifrey is gone.

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