Allyn Gibson wrote:
He comments on his face as if it's the first time he's seen it. I don't see how that could be taken as anything other than confirmation that he'd recently regenerated.
What, you've never commented on your appearance in the mirror after getting a hair cut or losing weight? Or checked out yourself in the mirror after meeting someone cute?
In short, there are lots of reasons why the Doctor would remark upon his appearance in the mirror that have nothing to do with regeneration.
Indeed, but in the specific context of that scene, the implication is obvious. RTD leaves it ambiguous intentionally, but there's only one sensible interpretation why the writer would include that bit of business there.
He could easily have been running around with a Guilt trip, beng propelled from one adventure to the next for 100 years in his Eccelston body, before slowing down enough to look in a mirror shortly after meeting Rose. With the Guilt he was carrying, the very last thing he would want to do is look in a mirror and see his face staring back at him (Wether it be the face that committed the attrocities of his shame or not)
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