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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