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Doctor Who news -- new partner, Daleks, rumors and more

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 7th 2007 2:01PM

David Tennant and Freema AgyemanA good bit of information is coming from the Doctor Who camp about the upcoming third series (what we call season here in the colonies). First off, the show will premiere in March in the UK and in the fall here in the US, most likely on SciFi Channel.

David Tennant returns as the Doctor, but without his trusty partner Rose Tyler. That's because, to the disappointment of many fans, Billie Piper decided to quit the show after the second season. She will be replaced by Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones. If the name sounds familiar, or it looks like you've seen her before, that's because she had a small role in the Doctor Who episode "Army of Ghosts". What can the Doctor and Martha look forward to this upcoming season? Well, they'll meet up with William Shakespeare, confront witches and vampires, battle a Dalek invasion in 1930's Manhattan, and reunite with Captain Jack Harkness. In other words, the usual.

As to those rumors about Tennant leaving the series at the end of this season, they may not be as true as originally thought. Right now David is committed through the fourth series of the show. It was rumored that both Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) and David Morrissey (Basic Instinct 2) were being considered to replace Tennant in the middle of the fourth series. Those rumors have since been denied.

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in regard to Regeneration, I'd like to point out that the doctor has already exeeded his regenerations. let me explain:
1. those who originaly came up with the idea of regeneration, never intended for hartnell to be counted as the first,
2. in Pertwee's final story, he was actualy scared that he would "die", not a fear he has shown before or since, (not the reaction of someone with regenerations left up his sleave!), a fellow Timelord forced a regeneration to repay a debit, giving us the 14th doctor not 4th Tom Baker.
3. brain of morbius, during the duel, the doctor had many more faces.
4. Logopolis, "the watcher" "joins" with Tom to give us Peter, new set of rejenerations, meaning that only 5 of his regenerations have been used

March 06 2007 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In Regeneration Land: over the course of the "Classic Series" (as the BBC calls it)farsighted writers created at least two outs for life at the end of the 13th Doctor. First, in "The Five Doctors," the Master was given a new regeneration cycle in exchange for searching for the Doctor (the Master also found ways to steal a few extra lives). Second, there were occasions during Colin Baker's and Sylvester McCoy's reigns that the Doctor was vague about just how many regenerations there were. Last, in the book "The Infinity Doctors," Terrance Dicks suggested that Time Lords had 12-20 regenerations in 'em.

Also, thinking outside the story line, the gang at the BBC have a 45th anniversary coming up (and, we hope, a 50th). If the Daleks found away around oblivion, it seems to me that a return for the Gallifrey Gang might be in order as an appropriate "big event." While the Doctor has been loyal to the Laws of Time during the new series, many of us will remember that, in the old days, the High Council of Time Lords were situational ethicists about the rules, and broke them when it suited them. They'll be back . . . and our Doctor will be rewarded for his role in saving them.

And, by the by, the big reason the Master didn't fight in the Time War (not that he would have, anyway) is that the Doctor's TARDIS swallowed him (even burped) at the end of the Eighth Doctor's movie.

January 26 2007 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce Bender

I'd like to see the Ice Warriors and the Yeti face the Doctor again.

January 25 2007 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce Bender

I'd like to see the Ice Warriors and the Yeti face the Doctor again.

January 25 2007 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hone Money

Rose Tyler did kind of suck but I still enjoyed watching her all the same. Her and the Doctor had some good chemistry.

Probably the best pairing ever.

January 22 2007 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Dude

as for remaining timelords there are at least 3: Susan, the Master & the Rani. I doubt those last 2 joined in the time war and Susan is living on Earth.

the big bad rumor is there will be a family story this year...

January 16 2007 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Remember that a Time Lord can regenerate twelve times, which means that there can be a total of thirteen Doctors. So, technically, there can be three more actors since Tenant is the 10th doctor.

Obviously, if the show is still successful when it gets to that point, this is sci-fi, so the rules may be adjusted. The reason that they came up with the idea of regeneration in the first place was that the show was successful, but Hartnell was sick. So, since the Doctor is the last of the Time Lords, I'm sure that they'll come up with some deal that it turns out that he can regnerate more than a "normal" Time Lord.


January 12 2007 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Folks there is a major casting problem the new series producers have. A Time Lord is only allowed TWELVE regenerations. Therefore only two more actors can play the doctor before they have to end the series forever.

UNLESS... THe Last Doctor stated that if there were other Time Lords he would know it... Well what if in an alternate Timeline the opposite of this one happened? The Time Lord's Survived & their doctor died?

The only other out is a total Doctor Who Reboot.
Considering the fact the BBC destroied most of the first & second seasons of the original this may not be a bad idea.

Any thoughts?

January 12 2007 at 2:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I too am just grateful to have Who back. I liked Rose and am grateful youtube had the Runaway Bride on. What ever I can get, I'll take!

January 08 2007 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After watching the "old" Dr. Who series and having suffered through the BBC's cancelling of it, I'm just glad to have me some new Who. Now there's a new generation of Whovians since I got my kids hooked and I hope we see many, many seasons/series of the good doctor for a long time to come.

January 08 2007 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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