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TV News: Moffat Reveals Matt Smith is 13th Doctor, Peter Capaldi is 14th

Written by Daniel Hicks Monday, 25 November 2013

TV News

With Doctor Who mythology stating the Doctor can regenerate only 12 times, what does that make Peter Capaldi?

"No sir! All thirteen!" These were the words that preceded the first spine tingling glimpse of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. But according to show runner Steven Moffat, Matt Smith is actually the thirteenth Doctor. It's been believed that Smith was the eleventh since we saw him take over from David Tennant. However, with the introduction of The War Doctor in The Day of The Doctor, it instantly made Smith the 12th. A source from the show reminded the Daily Mirror that David Tennant’s Doctor uses a regeneration to save himself and creates another Doctor known as the One Hearted Rose Doctor, which does indeed conclude Matt Smith as the thirteenth Time Lord.

Steven Moffat tantalizes fans taste buds on the topic and the Christmas special teasing us with a question he obviously knows the answer to:

"The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology - science fiction is all about rules, you can't just casually break them.

So if the Doctor can never change again, what's Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas special?"

Now we know Capaldi’s Doctor is one that is going to break tradition and the theories will have to flow until Christmas Day on how and why he exists. The source at the Daily Mirror confirmed that the revelation will be an exciting one:

"The show's big fans, known as Whovians, won't believe their eyes at Christmas."

Moffat has been excellent in his involvement with Doctor Who. It's a certainty that if fans were to trust anyone to change 50-year old mythology, it is Steven Moffat.

The Christmas Special is aired Christmas Day and sees Matt Smith’s exit as The Doctor.

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0 #6 Paul Mount 2013-12-02 01:15
Quoting Josh Rothman:
Ok then explain this one. In the 50th anniversary special, the high council does say "all 13", right after the council says that we see see peters doctor fly in with his tardis, pulls a lever and does a close up on his eyes. So tell me, how could matt smith even possibly be the 13th after the high council pretty much says that peter capaldi is



It's not the High Council saying it though, it's the Doctor (ie Capaldi) - it's clearly Capaldi's voice. Sadly this is all the result of Moffat tampering with the very core premsie of the series just for the sake of it withut properly thinking it through. Bit of a trademark of his writing for the show, unfortunately.
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0 #5 Josh Rothman 2013-12-01 21:46
Ok then explain this one. In the 50th anniversary special, the high council does say "all 13", right after the council says that we see see peters doctor fly in with his tardis, pulls a lever and does a close up on his eyes. So tell me, how could matt smith even possibly be the 13th after the high council pretty much says that peter capaldi is
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0 #4 Rex 2013-11-26 21:48
Quoting Marcus Doolius:
'One hearted Rose Doctor' is pretty much a clone. That's how i treat him, he was just grown from Ten's original hand. I don't understand how anyone can count that as a legit regeneration.

It's not one Doctor physically evolving as per usual....

You are right, that wasn't a legit regeneration, but the doctor used that energy anyways, its just that he redirected to his severed hand, so he could conserve his then current appearance but also get the healing factor that comes with a typical regeneration.
Just like when River used all her remaining regenerations to save The Doctor in let's kill Hitler.
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0 #3 Andrew Marshall 2013-11-26 12:28
Quoting Marcus Doolius:
'One hearted Rose Doctor' is pretty much a clone.

That's how he's supposed to be. The extra count came from Ten burning up a regeneration to save himself after being shot by a Dalek at the end of The Stolen Earth, but remained as David Tennant with the rationale of "Why would I want to change?" (Or words to that effect; I haven't watched it in a while).

I dimly recall the hand being somehow involved in the regeneration, but I'll need to check since I can't quite remember the exact details.
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0 #2 Marcus Doolius 2013-11-25 21:48
'One hearted Rose Doctor' is pretty much a clone. That's how i treat him, he was just grown from Ten's original hand. I don't understand how anyone can count that as a legit regeneration.

It's not one Doctor physically evolving as per usual, it's merely an extention of an existing chunk of DNA. He could do something similar with his toe nail clippings if he wanted. That is all.
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+1 #1 Tony Jones 2013-11-25 18:46
Just when we thought we could rest our brains for a few weeks!
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