For you Whoies… Whovians? … Whomever!

For reasons I cannot not explain, I saw that there is to be another Doctor.  Somehow they figured out how to get around the limit of 12 regenerations.  Who knew?

In any event, the next Doctor is to be played by Peter Capaldi.

Peter Capaldi was in the fairly dreadful movie World War Z.

He played – I am not making this up – a “W.H.O. Doctor”.

You Whoites, or Whoers, or Whoever, may have known this.  It made me chuckle for a moment, thinking that maybe that was planned.

Anyway, see the cool Doctor/time/adventure map.  HERE

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  1. PClaver says:

    Technically, this IS (or rather, will be) the 12th regeneration. Presumably William Hartnell played the original, un-regenerated, Time Lord.

  2. Gladiatrix says:

    Dear Father Z

    You’re right, it’s Whovians and as I understand it because the Time Lords resurrected The Doctor in order to be able to fight the Time War he was given a new cycle of regenerations. The same applied to The Master but he made the mistake of choosing the wrong wife, and was a cat’s paw for Rassilon, and chose suicide rather than continue on.

  3. The Masked Chicken says:

    This is all a metaphor for Confession, don’t you see? You go along in life and sometimes mess up so badly that you are more dead than alive. You step into the Box and you are brought back to life, although never quite the same as when you stepped into it.

    This will be the Doctor’s 12th regeneration, if you don’t count the One-who-is-not-WHO that was introduced in the 50th anniversary special. The Valeyard will be the amalgamation of all of the evil of the Doctors and will manifest between the 12th and final incarnation (which is supposed to be the 13th).

    Given that River Song gave the Doctor all of her regenerations to save his life, it is impossible to say how his metabolism has been altered, so the question of how many regenerations the Doctor still has is unknown.

    The Chicken

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

    [I seeee… I seeee…. Now can you explain “self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism”? I have no idea what that means either.]

  4. Legisperitus says:

    I think it was Jon Pertwee who mischievously suggested “Whoers.”

  5. Ben Yanke says:

    The whole regeneration issue is rather complicated, especially since there was technically two Tennants, because he used a regeneration to save himself. But somehow, Moffat will write his way out of it, as he usually does. It will be interesting to see, come Christmas, what he does.

    And yes, I’ve heard about Capaldi’s little credit there, and I’m thinking it was pretty intentional :)

  6. pelerin says:

    It has amused me to see the seriousness of journalists discussing whether it is time to have a WOMAN as Dr Who!
    And I think followers of Dr Who should be called Who-vers!

  7. bookworm says:

    The guy I dated in high school, back in the early 80s, was a Dr. Who fan. If we went out to a movie or some other event on Sunday night, he would usually hang around at my parents’ house long enough to catch the latest episode on the local PBS station; those episodes were from the Tom Baker era so as far as I’m concerned, he is THE Doctor. I knew about the 12 regenerations thing back then and I never thought they’d use them all up…

  8. disco says:

    Whoers is good. Would probably be misunderstood in New York though.

  9. Magash says:

    Including the “War Doctor” John Hurt there have been eleven regenerations so far, and twelve doctors. This makes Matt Smith the twelfth (rather than the eleventh) Doctor and Capaldi the thirteenth and “Last” Doctor as far as traditional Time Lord regenerations. However we know from Doctor Who canon that the Master went through all his regenerations and was granted a new cycle by the Time Lords during the Time War, before he used the chameleon arch to hide at the end of time, the period when all the stars have died.
    Without throwing too many spoilers in for those who haven’t seen the 50th anniversary special yet, it appears in the coming season the new doctor (when Smith finally leaves the show during the Christmas special) will be looking for Gallifrey, with the mission of returning it from the time locked existence the Doctor imposed on it to end the Time War. One might suspect that the rescued Time Lords might see fit to give the Doctor another cycle or regenerations when he succeeds, especially if Moffat stretches the search out for a couple of season and then kills the Capaldi Doctor off in the act of restoring Gallifrey.
    Yes I am a complete Doctor Who fanboy.
    I was somewhat disappointed by the Day of the Doctor. I had always assumed that the Doctor had performed some kind of time trick with the Time Lords and Daleks. After all all of the Time Lords and Daleks were all suppose to be gone and all the effects of the Time War erased. Just destroying the planet and the Dalek fleet above it shouldn’t accomplish that. Are we to believe that there was no Time Lord off Gallifrey (except for the Doctor and Master)? Smith talks about the Daleks getting reinforcements, yet when the show came back the ninth doctor believes all of the Daleks are gone. I guess Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat really have a different idea of what went on.

  10. AgricolaDeHammo says:

    I don’t follow the Doctor but isn’t Capaldi known for being able to spit out ridiculous strings of expletives at record speed in his role as a British bureaucrat? Guess he wanted a change of pace.

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