AS David Tennant will regenerate tonight into Matt Smith, or rather the tenth Doctor into the 11th, I found these great videos on You Tube on every previous regeneration – from William Hartnell to the present day.
As someone who used to watch Who back in the day, but only became a massive fan with the new series, it is interesting to see the range of techniques that were used previously, depending on the show runner of the day.
As I write this, the only thing I can say for certain is that the world will change tonight, Matt Smith has enormous shoes to fill and there will be an ‘explosive’ regeneration, like nine to 10.
I’ll see you on the other side and in the meantime, have a look and brace yourself for tonight.
As it says in the video, I wonder what people watching the first regeneration between William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton must have made of it? Although obviously bound by special effects, it is still very effective and must have been mind-blowing!
So, farewell then, Tom Baker. He was my Doctor, so to see him go was upsetting for young me, and I remember the ‘life flashing before his eyes’ scene with great affection. However, just what the hell was the watcher all about, apart from wasting everybody’s time?
Never used before or since, and rightly so.
Poor old Peter Davison had to compete against an enormous pair of breasts, which was apt as Colin Baker‘s Doctor was a right tit to begin with. The show also went mad with costumes from now, and not in a good way. What were they thinking?
Was the Colin Baker – Sylvester McCoy regeneration the worst ever? It must be up there as the BBC’s betrayal of the show obviously starts to hit the budget. And despite being panned the mid 1990s TV movie regeneration was very well done – the Doctor is tortured by people who are trying to save him, with great special effects and fantastic production values.
Shame Paul McGann never got a fair crack of the whip, with even his regeneration happening elsewhere.
And then we have Christopher Eccleston to Tennant. Now as I said I love new Who, but was not really affected by this regeneration.
Watchng it again now, I don’t think Eccleston’s lighthearted tone helps establish the seriousness of what is happening as he blathers on about planet Barcelona, even though he is doing it to reassure Rose. I think the fact he’d only been in the role for 13 episodes meant it was hard to feel much of a connection too – it was over before it started.
In contrast, I remember being excited that David Tennant had got the role, because he was very much the up and coming actor of the moment and he has more than justified that excitement several times over since then.
And now it comes to this – the end of Doctor number 10, with Doctor Who at the pinnacle of its power since its own 2005 rebirth. And in the 11th Doctor, we have the beginning of a new era, with the Moff at the helm.
While part of me wishes David Tennant would have stayed on for another year, we’ll always have the good times. And we never did get to Barcelona.