How many times can The Doctor regenerate on Who? Moffat says ...

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Aug 22, 2013

It's one of Doctor Who's age-old questions: How many times can the Doctor regenerate?

During one of Ad Lib's live chats at the Edinburgh Fringe on Wednesday night, Frank Skinner and Steven Moffat were in conversation when Moffat acknowledged that, yes indeed, the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times—meaning that Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor would, in theory, be the penultimate Doctor.

Here’s the surprising tweet from the event:

Which could be a problem.

This is unless Steven Moffat (or the next showrunner who’ll pick up the mantle if Moffat leaves before the end of Capaldi’s tenure) comes up with another clever way in which to circumvent this tiny little problem. It'll definitely come in handy when we find ourselves faced with the Thirteenth Doctor—technically the last Doctor.

Three years ago, former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies caused a stir and raised many an eyebrow in the Whovian community when he set the beloved Time Lord’s regeneration limit at … 507 times. Which in theory rendered the 12-regeneration limit moot, paving the way for an unlimited number of Doctors.

But now with Moffat acknowledging the 12-regeneration limit, what will it actually mean with regard to John Hurt’s Doctor? You know, the one who'll be sweeping in for the upcoming 50th-anniversary special to muddy the waters as to how many times the Doctor really has regenerated. 

We can't wait to see what clever trick or loophole Moffat will have up his sleeve. Because after all, there's acknowledging something, and then there's actually sticking to it.

What do you think of Steven Moffat’s acknowledgment of the convention that the Doctor only has 12 regenerations? 

(via Bleeding Cool)

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