Who History: Regenerate


The history of regeneration in Doctor Who is convoluted - not surprising when you consider the facts that a) the show has 50 years worth of writers and b) it was a concept invented on the fly.  It happens to fit perfectly in a show about aliens and travel through time and space, but it was borne of necessity.  Regeneration was conceived when the First Doctor, William Hartnell, had to leave the show due to health issues.  Rather than introduce a new character, or substitute another actor and … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Impossible Leak?

As you likely know if you're a fan of Doctor Who, next Sunday the finale for season seven will air.  It will be the last episode before the 50th Anniversary Special in November, and it promises to tell us, once and for all, what the deal is with Clara and her various incarnations.  Plus all the usual epic finale stuff, I'm sure, and maybe a setup for the Anniversary Special.  Waiting this last week sure is difficult! ...Unless you didn't have to wait.  On Sunday, I woke up to this on my … [Read more...]

Who History: Name Dropping


As most everyone knows by now, the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who will be later this year.  There will likely be some amount of celebration and fanfare as the November date draws nearer - but in the meantime, the current half-series of Doctor Who seems to be honoring the 50th in its own way.  In practically every episode, there's been some reference to the adventures of a previous Doctor. Now, some who are used to Moffat's timey-wimey ways wonder if these references Mean Something - … [Read more...]

Who History: Dr. Who or Doctor Who?


We've all seen them: the images floating around Tumblr and Pinterest.  The threads that pop up on forums and Facebook.  The little snide comments on Twitter.  They usually boil down to something like this:  Person A: Oh hai guys, I'm almost done with the first season of Dr Who! Boy that gas mask mummy kid was scary. Person B: OMG. Okay, first of all, its not really the first season, there were eight Doctors that came first. Second of all - it's DOCTOR, not DR.  NEVER abbreviate it. Sheesh, … [Read more...]