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@Planet of the Deaf @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! In Steven Moffat's series preview in The Radio Times, he states the story is set in the late 1890's, but no specific year is given
5 hours, 52 minutes ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald
I have always believed that the Doctor's moral compass isn't as black and white as some may think. We know that the Doctor strives to be a ''good man'', but in the universe in which he exist's, it may not always be possible. He abhors violence, but we all know he is very capable of inflicting fatal retribution against his enemies, and he know's just what extremes he is capable of, and why he does really need someone to keep him in check and stop him. One only needs to look at the final day of the Time War. Now we all know the true outcome of that fateful day, but if the Doctor truly believed he was capable of using a weapon of galactic mass destruction to stop not only the Daleks, but his own people, [ which he did believe for 400 years ], then he must have it in him somewhere to commit such an act, even if it was, as he believed ''for the greater good''. Do i believe the Doctor pushed the Half-Face man, i honestly don't know. Do i believe that he could. Yes
2 days, 5 hours ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man
@thelonelycenturion @Romanadvoratrelundar That is indeed correct, i remember when Big Finish were adapting story's from Colin Baker's ''lost season'', one of the audio drama's ''The Hollow's of Time'', i believe, originally featured the Master as the adversary in the story, but they were made to change the identity of the antagonist as the audio's release coincided with the broadcast of Tennant's swansong ''The End of Time'', which as you know featured the return of the Master
2 days, 6 hours ago on Introducing the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?
@Exxilon5 Heaven my friend is 12 weeks of DOCTOR WHO, the first full run of episodes since 2010. Rejoice
4 days, 5 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@WhoLocked @NickyArmstrong That just proves that every new incarnation of the Doctor is indeed a ''new man'' with a completely separate persona from his previous incarnation[s]. What may be poison for the Eleventh Doctor may be nectar for twelve and tonight's episode demonstrated that
I thought the episode was a brilliant , an excellent debut for Capaldi's totally mad and slightly scary Doctor, a fine piece of writing from Steven Moffat, a cinematic feel given by director Ben Wheatley, and fantastic tour-de-force performances by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. A great story to introduce a new Doctor and era for the show, with a few intriguing hint's to the new series arc. i think we're in safe hand's with Capaldi......or are we? 9/10
4 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
@DWISCOOL100 I think it's probably a play on words, based upon ITV's '' Robin of Sherwood'' TV show from the 1990's
6 days, 6 hours ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis
@sontaran17 @Stradiwhovius @supermoff @ShayHatchard1 BBC Worldwide have always released ''vanilla'' editions from every series since the show returned in 2005, prior to a full series box set release, whether these be 3-4 episode volumes, the part box sets of series 6 and 7 or standalone releases for the christmas specials or 50th anniversary. I don't personally see anything cynical or morally wrong with this, it just gives the fans a choice. Some may not be able to afford the £40 odd price for a complete box set in one go, so even though they may end up shelling out more in the long term, buying the individual releases is just a more financially viable option [ like buying anything from a mail- order catalogue, where you can spread the repayments] Some collectors will purchase the vanilla releases as well as the series box sets, and some people may wish to only purchase particular episodes .The way that i see it is at least they are giving fans the option, and while the money from spin off merchandise may not get ploughed directly back into the show, it at least proves to the ''money-men'' who run the BBC that DOCTOR WHO is a very profitable brand, and will continue to be as long as the show is in production
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray
@Danbito According to the War Doctor novel ''The Engines of War'', the Doctor has been fighting on the front lines of the Time War for around 400 years
3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories
@TheOncomingStorm @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @supermoff @The Outer Space K9 Personally I think RTD should be commended for doing something different with Tennant's regeneration. Regeneration is something we as fans take for granted, it is never as simple as changing your appearance. I imagine it can be a very traumatic experience, and in a way Ten's line ''everything I am is dead, and some new man goes sauntering away'' is true. Of course the Doctor knows that ''the story never ends'' and he will go on, but a successful regeneration is never a guarantee, and he has no idea what kind of person is going to emerge at the end of the process. Matt's line in ''Time'' that ''everything he is, just disappears , like the breath on a mirror'', is no different from Ten's statement. When the regeneration has completed, the Doctor is essentially a ''Stranger'' too himself, yes he still has his collective memories of all of his lives, he is still the Doctor, but apart from that, he has absolutely no idea who this new persona is, and that is the journey, we as the viewer share with the Doctor and companion. So yes, I did enjoy both Tennant's and Smith's regenerations, to me they're just opposite sides of the same coin, and for all those who may feel that Ten's exit was uncharacteristic for the Doctor, I simply put it down to the fact that he was alone and had no one to put on a ''brave face'' for , I mean even Eleven, during his final moments in ''Time'' was very sad to be going and a little scared too.
1 month ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration
@TheOncomingStorm @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor Actually I think it's the minority who dislike Rose. That dear child from a lowly council estate in SE London was voted as the shows 3rd most popular companion in the recent DWM poll conducted earlier this year Yes, she generates a lot of ''hate'' on the internet forums, but people who passionately dislike something within the fandoms are always a lot more vocal and can present the preconception that the majority of fans share their view-point, which is certainly not the case
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
@Planet of the Deaf @Oodkind Yes, but it was their families that really paid the consequences of their daughters' association with the Doctor, especially Martha's family who were held prisoner and forced to witness the Master's atrocities. Remember Martha's warning to Donna in ''The Sontaran Stratagem'' ...''The Doctor is wonderful and brilliant, but stand too close and you might get burnt''.
@The8thDoctor @Rani Nose Actually the ''Five Doctors'' was broadcast in the U.K. on Friday 25th November 1983, as part of the ''Children In Need'' telethon , it was originally split into two parts and shown over one evening, although I do believe that ironically the 20th Anniversary special was actually broadcast in the U.S.A. on the 23rd, but those were the days long before the internet- so there was no danger of ''spoilers'' leaking. Sorry about being so pedantic
1 month, 1 week ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
@Chris502 @JArm1996 According to the ''Time Traveller's Almanac'' [ an official BBC book ] the Auton invasion depicted in the episode ''Rose'' occurred in the Queen's Arcade shopping mall on Thursday 4th March 2005. Perhaps Ellie Oswald died in hospital from injuries sustained in that attack the following day ?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Beyond the Grave
@SimonThorpe @Mary Sue's Vertue I never claimed it was all about RTD /Tennant or Piper, I myself have been a fan of this show since the early 1970's [Pertwee was my Doctor ] so I am fully aware that there is a lot more to this show than the modern revival, and in a previous post, i freely admitted that the ''Doomsday'' farewell scene was far from being the ''Greatest scene'' in Doctor Who's history, let alone the rest of Sci- Fi / Fantasy and Horror, but obviously a lot of fan's, both Whovian and mainstream, do like it. You have no way of knowing, that everyone who dislikes that scene grew up with the classic era , as i previously stated, i am myself a long-term fan of the series [ who kept the flame burning during the ''wilderness years'' ] and unlike some old school die-hards, had no problem adapting to the new, more character-based direction the show took upon it's revival. It felt modern and new, but it was still ''Doctor Who'', the show i fell in love with as a young child, so No, i am not some over-sensitive Tennant fan or Shipper who believes there is nothing more to this series than those two, and i fully acknowledge the contribution of every ''single'' person who has ever worked on this brilliant show, and yes, that includes Pip and Jane Baker
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest
Steven Moffat recently said in an interview that ''Doctor Who'' hadn't really changed that much in the 9 years since it's return , but he said Series 8 would see the shows most radical shift in feel and tone, now what implications this has for the show, or whether this means Capaldi's era will be darker, I don't know, but ''Doctor Who'' is still fundamentally a family orientated TV show, going out on an early evening prime-time slot, so I wouldn't expect anything too dark or too graphic
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?
@ClaireAbraham @Ollie Walton Harrod @Thesilence_1994 You've hit the nail on the head Claire. There seems to be a kind of hysteria amongst a certain section of the fandom concerning any kind of recognition for the RTD era, especially if it involves Rose, now I don't know if this is resonating from newer fans [ post 2010 ] who find it hard to accept that the Doctor really cared for someone prior to the Pond's [ similar to what Rose was like herself, when she met Sarah Jane ], or a lot of the fandom are just fickle, I don't know ? The recent polls in the DWM would suggest there is still a lot of love for that era, with story's like ''Army of Ghosts / Doomsday'', ''The Stolen Earth / Journey's End'' and ''The End of Time'' [ all three of which are regularly derided by fan's on this site ] all fairing well with above average Average Scores. Now everyone is entitled to their opinion and I personally love the Moffat era as much, if not more than the Davies era, but I do think there is a '' bandwagon'' effect amongst some fan's, especially when it comes to Rose and Ten bashing , which is one of the thing's about this fandom which is really sad to see, because even if you didn't like them, you cannot deny their contribution to making ''Doctor Who'' the truly fantastic programme that it is
@Malohkeh @Mary Sue's Vertue @Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh I won't argue with that, but the 1970's Jon Pertwee and early Tom Baker era's are my ''Golden Age''
2 months ago on Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment
@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh There is also a corner of the fan base that are oblivious to anything that doesn't feature Eleven or the Pond's, and who foolishly believe that everything that is great about this show began in 2010
Okay, it may not be the greatest single scene in ''Doctor Who'' ever, let alone the entirety of Sci-Fi / fantasy and Horror, but it is certainly a very memorable and poignant moment. So why can't some people just be happy that ''Doctor Who'' has beaten off some serious competition to come out top in a magazine poll. Is it really worth throwing a hissy fit over ?
There's also an editing mistake in ''Hide''. When the Doctor is in that creepy forest in the pocket-universe, he has removed his bow tie, in the next scene as the Crooked Man is stalking him, he's suddenly wearing his bow tie once again, and then it's suddenly missing again. I realise that this is down to scenes being shot out of sync, re-shoots and editing blunders not picked up by the continuity editor, but once you notice it, you can't help not noticing it on revisits to the episode
2 months, 1 week ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
@Notsosmartguy @Mary Sue's Vertue As a Marvel fan my self I am very happy with the way they have developed the cinematic universe, with the end credit stingers and little ''easter eggs'' tying the universe together
2 months, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
At the end of the day a big corporation like the BBC doesn't give a hoot what the Whovian fandom think's of the show, they make up only a very small percentage of the overall viewing audience. What matter's to them is it's popularity amongst the wider television audience, and the show has proved to be very popular with mainstream non-genre viewer's under both RTD's and Steven Moffat's tenure's. Moffat himself once said that he doesn't make the show for the fans, he makes it for the other 100% of the viewers, and that is correct, because as a fandom we can sometimes act as if this show is our personal property, which it certainly is not, and the people who make this show, whether it be Moffat , or whomever takes over from him when he eventually steps down, should never pander to the wishes of the ''hardcore'' fandom . Marvel Studios will not be dictated to by the hardcore comic geeks and Peter Jackson will not be told ''what he can or can't do'' by the Tolkien purists, and that is right. Whoever is making ''Doctor Who'' has creative control and as long as people are tuning in week upon week, and it is receiving good positive feedback the BBC will continue to make it, and as a fan, that is all I care about PS Moffat is a brilliant and clever writer and we are blessed to have him as showrunner, but I will also add that RTD and David Tennant were definitely NOT overrated as some think, they were both fantastic
@HeyProfessor @The Exploding TARDIS Actually Gallifrey was never destroyed, because that was the whole basis for the ''Silence Will Fall'' story arc that has been running since Series 5, the Silence attempting to stop the Doctor reaching Trenzalore, answering the ''oldest question in the universe'' that was being asked by the Time Lords on the other side of the crack in time, in the pocket universe. The Silence were determined the question would never be answered, because they feared the Time War would begin again, should they return to the real universe
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong
On the subject of the Time War's fateful final day. there is one thing that still confuses me and that is, did Rassilon's plan to escape the time-lock and Gallifrey's prophesied destruction [ as seen in ''The End of Time'' ] precede the fall of Arcadia, or vice-versa, as in ''Day'' the General says ''the High Council's plans have failed, Gallifrey is still in the line of fire'' which would suggest to me that he was aware of those events, but in TEoT Rassilon and his cronies know that the Doctor is in possession of the Moment and are aware of his intentions to use it so they must have already received his ''Time Lords of Gallifrey, Daleks of Skaro..... No More '' message, which obviously came after Arcadia's destruction. Can anyone please clarify this for me?
Absolutely love ''The End of Time''. A fitting end to a much loved Doctor . I loved this story when it was broadcasted over Christmas 2009, and my love for this story hasn't diminished in the four years that have passed. It wasn't just Tennant's swansong it was Davies's too, and even though it may have felt a bit overblown and a tad self-indulgent, I think we can excuse RTD for this . It's great to read a really positive article on this story
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The End of Time: Why it Needs More Love
@JPatterson2 I could not agree with you more, but the crux of the matter comes down to the fandom at the end of the day. I appreciate that not every person is going to love every episode of the show, but we should all be more tolerant and respectful of each other's views . ''Doctor Who'' is blessed by the fact that it isn't tied to a rigid formula like other Sci-Fi / fantasy shows, it has the freedom to tell any type of story, so their is no ''definitive'' version of ''Doctor Who'' and this is where the problem exists. The ''Moffat era'' is no more or no less ''Doctor Who'' than the ''RTD era'', and both modern era's are no more or no less significant than the Classic series. The fans need to realise that this wonderful show is like time itself, in a state of never ending flux, constantly evolving and changing , and as a fandom we should be celebrating these differences , and not bashing each other over the heads with them
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…
The thing is, nobody can dispute these poll results. It was a postal vote, via entry form. taken from the very core of Doctor Who's fandom, the readership of DWM, the only official BBC sanctioned monthly publication. It was not done online, so nobody can accuse any particular fan base, with their own agenda, for hijacking it, and although the results had few surprises it was pleasant to see every era of the show represented with high ranking story's. So don't be too despondent if one of your favourites finished in a lowly position, or get irate if a story you despise finished higher, it's like they said in the magazines editorial, it's not about the best or worst, it's a celebration of ''Doctor Who'', and no one can argue with that
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 2014)
Well said John. Although constructive criticism is a good thing, It's really nice to read positive comments about this wonderful show from someone who obviously love's it. Another great article, keep up the good work sir
2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 7-13)
@MaraBackman A very thoughtful statement Mara. I have been a fan of ''Who'' since the early '70's and when the show returned in 2005, I had less trouble adapting to the revived show's new direction and style than many other of the ''old guard'', in fact I embraced it with joy, ''Doctor Who'' was back on television, it was fresh, exciting and it felt new. like yourself, what has troubled me over the past few years is the way some fans react to even the slightest criticism of Steven Moffat's writing or showrunning. I believe Moffat is a fantastic writer, and as a show we are blessed to have him helming it, but he is not some deity that is beyond criticism and his ''fan boys'' should stop this elitist 'BS, because they are the ones who are compartmentalising the series, creating factions. I love this show, regardless of the ''era'', it's all ''Doctor Who'', and we should all be grateful that two of the greatest and most creative television drama writers have been in charge of the ship during it's 21st century incarnation
3 months ago on Why I Love… Series 7
Steven Moffat faced the unenviable task of writing the story that would celebrate the 50th anniversary of ''Doctor Who'', and he was damned by a section of the fandom months before the special was even broadcast. What he produced was, in my opinion, a masterpiece of storytelling . The 23rd of November 2013 is a day that will live long in my memory. I know that some were unhappy with the finished episode , mainly because ''their'' classic Doctor wasn't ''invited to the party'', but I think he had to realistically create a narrative that didn't feel too forced and I believe he got the balance right. There was numerous references and in-jokes for the long term fans and a story that was accessible to the general viewing audience. There were many who were concerned that Moffat would not be able to pull it off and do the anniversary justice [ and there were those hoping he would fail ], but I'm sure the majority of those worries vanished within the first few minutes of the broadcast, and were totally dispelled as the end credits rolled past. Moffat, you done well, keep up the good work
3 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
Well done James an excellent article. I myself have always been confused as to why Rose generates so much genuine hate amongst a section of the fandom. I know on internet forums , people who dislike something are generally a lot more visible and vocal than those who hold the opposite opinion, so sometimes it would seem that the majority of the fandom share the negative viewpoint, which is definitely not the case. In your article you made some real valid points in defence of Rose. Yes, she was far from being a ''perfect'' human being [ but who is ?] and she had her character flaws [ who amongst us doesn't ? ] but she felt like a real person, not some anomaly , and her loyalty to the Doctor was unquestionable. I salute you sir
3 months, 4 weeks ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
@Antee991166 @JLS1138 That is very true. You have some people who came on board from 2010 onwards, who refuse to accept there was anything redeeming about the RTD era, and who foolishly believe that all that is ''great'' about ''Doctor Who'' began with Matt Smith [ not that he wasn't brilliant, mind ] and on the reverse side, you have those silly few who switched off and refused to give Matt Smith a chance. Doctor Who is all about change. Change in lead actor, companions, showrunners and series tone and direction and if you come on board for the long haul, you'd better get used to it
4 months ago on RTD on Doctor Who Becoming “Too Soapy”
Happy Birthday to the truly talented Jenna Coleman and to RTD, the man who never persisted in knocking on the BBC's door's in his mission to bring 'Doctor Who' back to our TV screens
4 months ago on Happy Birthday, Jenna Coleman & RTD!
Although I love ''The Day of The Doctor'' and the true resolution of the Time War, i still kind of disagree with Moffat when he said that the Doctor would never commit genocide. Yes, i know he would never contemplate such a heinous act under normal circumstances, but the final day's of the Time War were anything but normal. The Time War had seen galaxies destroyed in the crossfire of the Daleks and Time Lords. The Time Lords could not control the horrors unleashed during the conflict and realised they were losing, so the High Councils final gambit was the Ultimate Sanction. Now the Doctor knew that if Rassilon and his cronies were to initiate this last, desperate act, not only would the entire universe burn, the whole of creation would be destroyed, so the genocide of his people, at his hands was the only option viable to him, for the greater good . We all know now that the Doctor never had to make that call, but as we witnessed, when they believed there was no other alternative, three incarnations were ready to activate the Moment, so i don't believe the Doctor's moral compass is as black and white as some would think ?
4 months ago on Thoughts on a Return for Gallifrey
@Notsosmartguy In total agreement on your first point, but have to disagree on your second. Although I love Clara, I just feel she's a little bit too ''perfect'', whereas I find Rose to be an honest representation of a 21st century teenager, warts an'all. Yes she has her character flaws and is annoying at times, but I found Davies' realisation of her character to be one of the big draws to the show for those who where unfamiliar with ''Doctor Who'' back in 2005, and she is probably the most iconic companion in the shows history since the wonderful Liz Sladen played Sarah Jane
4 months ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Specials, Episodes 1-5)
@MichaelBoon @supermoff @Adherent If the BBC and Steven Moffat made their decisions on ''Doctor Who'' based on the views and wishes of commentators on internet forums [ such as this ] the series would descend into one almighty fan-fest with disastrous results for the ratings and the shows long term future. The shows producers began pandering to the ''hardcore fandom'' in the 1980's and look how that ended?
4 months ago on Peter Harness Writing for Series 8?
@supermoff @Antee991166 The one thing that will be missed now the series has moved to a permanent autumn run will be the highly anticipated ''Coming Soon...'' series teaser trail that always followed the credits of the Christmas special. I was usually more excited about this brief season preview than the special itself
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was
@Bojurie @MohammedElGend Exactly, just like any modern teenager
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Does the TARDIS Dislike Clara? Moffat Teases Answers
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Notsosmartguy Not this pathetic RTD vs Moffat war again ? It's all DOCTOR WHO for god's sake, the way some people separate the different era's , anyone would think they were '' rival'' shows. Moffat is a big fan of RTD's work and vice-versa, but most importantly, both writers are massive Who fans.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
''He's like fire and ice and rage...He's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever and he burns at the centre of time and he can see the turn of the universe...and...he's wonderful''. the most perfect description of the Doctor ever and ''The Family of Blood'' gets my vote
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 9
@Americanwhovian Tell me about it, in the real world we elected David Cameron, give me Harold Saxon any day
5 months ago on Torchwood Children of Earth: In Perspective
@Sir James Bond That's a very good point you make there 007. People often criticise RTD for making Ten ''Doctor Wuv'' [sic], but it was actually Steven Moffat who actually first penned him as the Time Lord Cassanova in the utterly brilliant ''The Girl in The Fireplace''
5 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 4
@Huknar @Regenerated Catterson With most stories contained within a 45 minute time slot the Psychic paper, like the Sonic are merely a handy plot device to move the stories forward , like getting the Doctor and companion into places they really shouldn't be
5 months ago on Series 8 Filming: Capaldi’s Sonic & A New Monster
@DaftDalek @supermoff @Notsosmartguy No, you are not alone. ''The End of Time'' was actually received quite positively by the majority on it's initial broadcast, but became divisive amongst the fandom much later, as an era- closing finale and swansong for Tennant, I think it suited his Doctor. It is not as hated as some would like you to believe
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (12-06)
@Maryanne123 You really need to get some help with your David Tennant issues, it really isn't healthy you know? I have been following your posts in the comments section of this site recently, and while I'm in total agreement over your love and admiration for Matt Smith, your posts generally descend to harsh, unjustified and somewhat personal attacks against David Tennant. Now, everyone is entitled to their opinion but you seem to have a very clear agenda. I realise you have no love for Tennant or the RTD era in general, I get that, that is your prerogative, but all you do is just repeat the same acerbic vitriol , and whilst I acknowledge your views, I cannot respect them, and quite frankly, your constant Tennant / RTD -bashing is getting tedious.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
@ivegotkidneys @Maryanne123 Because Maryanne 123 HATES David Tennant. Simple as
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
@supermoff @lastjellybaby Well spoken Supermoff, i personally can never understand why some people get so irate because you may like a particular episode of ''Doctor Who'' that they might dislike? Do they feel that if someone likes something that they hate , it somehow devalues their opinion , i don't know? Personally i can honestly say that there is not a single episode of New Who that i actually dislike , obviously there are episodes i rate higher than others, but it's DOCTOR WHO for god's sake, and i will always find something positive to enjoy in every episode
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Snowmen
@Maryanne123 I very much doubt that, Moffat and David Tennant are very good friends and as Steven Moffat is a professional, he would never openly or cryptically criticize or undermine a fellow writers [RTD ] work
6 months ago on Top Five References in Doctor Who
The Eleventh Doctor telling the Daleks ''Don't tell me the rules'' regarding his regeneration limit, was a friendly dig by Moffat to the fans who had been debating the issue of exactly how many regenerations the Doctor had used