Best Regeneration Story

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by Emperor-Tiberius, Sep 23, 2013.


Favorite/Best Regeneration Story

  1. The Tenth Planet

  2. War Games

  3. Planet of the Spiders

  4. Logopolis

  5. Caves of Androzani

  6. The Enemy Within (The TV Movie)

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  7. Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

  8. The End of Time

  1. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
    Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down ther
    :guffaw:I'd been meaning to do one like that myself for a while. I guess now I don't have to. (Except in mine, for the "too old," I would have included a picture of present-day Tom Baker. Though Capaldi certainly works. And it's a very good "too thin" picture of Tennant.)
  2. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    Troughton and Pertwee almost favored one another, due to the camera angle, so the regeneration--while low tech, looked the most seamless to me.
  3. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
    Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down ther
    Of all the regeneration stories, I'd have to pick "Bad Wolf"/"The Parting of the Ways" as my favorite. It's been quite a few years since I've seen it but I still remember how excited I was when I first saw it. The game show stuff was funny. The Daleks were badass. The Doctor was even more badass. And they really had me going for a while when I thought they killed Rose. (And I liked Lynda. Shame she didn't survive.)

    "The Caves of Androzani" was also a strong pick for me. With or without the regeneration, it's simply Robert Holmes firing on all cylinders. Sharaz Jek begins the tradition of bad guys shamelessly lusting after Peri.

    "The War Games" would fill out my top 3. It's kinda long but mostly makes good use of its extended screen time. I love all the machinations between the War Chief, the War Lord, & the Security Chief. Lt. Carstairs & Lady Jennifer are great one-off companions. The initial mystery is quite good when you first think that you're just in the middle of a WWI historical story before you realize that something very different is going on. And the Doctor's farewell to Jamie & Zoe is heartbreaking. I like how Jamie thinks that they'll all just get away at the last minute like the always do, and how he seems a bit taken aback when the Doctor just shakes his head & firmly says, "Goodbye, Jamie." You really do feel that this is the end and that no one wants it to end this way. (I keep hoping that Jamie & Zoe come back on the new series at some point, if only to soften the blow.)

    I've only seen "Planet of the Spiders" once but I thought it was fun. I especially like the 1 or 2 episodes where it's just the Doctor getting into a series of assorted vehicle chases. It's like Jon Pertwee has this laundry list of vehicles he wanted to have chase scenes with during his tenure and realized that it was now or never.

    The regeneration itself in "Logopolis" is quite good but the rest of the story feels off. Tom Baker just seems to have already mentally checked out of the show. He never really had much chemistry with Tegan, Nyssa, or Adric for that matter. Plus, with Anthony Ainley as the Master and a general lack of humor to the whole thing, it feels more like a prelude to the Peter Davison years rather than a fitting finale for the Tom Baker years.

    The 1996 movie is mostly terrible, although some of the stuff surrounding the regeneration is OK. The references to Frankenstein & The Time Machine feel a bit too on the nose. But considering it's trying to be obvious & over the top, it's quite successful in that respect.

    I've never seen "The Tenth Planet." I'm waiting for the DVD.

    I hated "The End of Time." I liked a lot of what they did with the Master but sometimes it seems like it's just a contest between Simm & Tennant to see who can go more over the top. And then Tennant's victory lap at the end takes too long, particularly since we'd already just revisted most of those companions 5 episodes earlier in "Journey's End." My favorite part of the entire episode is the last minute & a half when Matt Smith finally shows up.
  4. M.A.C.O.

    M.A.C.O. Commodore Commodore

    Sep 13, 2011
    I voted for Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways. However The Caves of Androzani is second in my heart.

    There is so much atmosphere in Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways.

    The last adventure of 9, Jack and Rose, Jack

    The 9th Doctor being his cavalier self. Doing all he can to defeat the Daleks, not knowing this was his final battle.

    Jack being heroic in fighting the Daleks. The Jack of Doctor Who i prefer. Compared to the one we later see in Torchwood.

    Rose becoming the Bad Wolf and coming to the Doctor's rescue. This of course with the assistance of Mickey and Jackie.

    Lynda with a Y. The companion that never was. Oh how my heart ached the first time seeing her die T_T. It still bleeds when I rewatch the episode.

    Many other things I enjoy about this two parter. I really wish there was more 9th Doctor material tbh. Really sad Chris Eccleston decided not to reprise his role for the 50th anniversary episode.
  5. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 3, 2012
    The bed of whoever pays for the night.
    Oh Lynda with a Y. How she would have made a cute companion. :( But I suppose that's great story telling. ;)

    Yeah, I was just thinking today what if the ninth doctor stayed on till series 2 or even 3. He may have turned out being my favourite doctor.
  6. Emperor-Tiberius

    Emperor-Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Jul 30, 2005
    Kavala, Greece
    For some, he's their favorite even with that one series of his. At least for me, he is. :D

    And yeah, I do wish he'd have stayed on, but at the same time, if he did, maybe Tennant would never have gotten the part. Who knows, really?

    I'd certainly have liked some audio stories from him. Preferably for the 50th anniversary, of course. :)
  7. BoredShipCapt'n

    BoredShipCapt'n Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 5, 2012
    Stage 9 forever
    Did you mean Hartnell and Troughton?

    Basically, this.
  8. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

    May 26, 2007
    In many different universes, simultaneously.
    This regeneration is particularly poignant because of Adric. The Doctor never stopped feeling guilty that he couldn't save Adric, so for damn sure he wanted to save Peri (not that he wouldn't have saved her anyway). He didn't want to be responsible for the death of another Companion.

    But Nyssa's reaction to the destruction of her people was intended to convey just how serious and deadly the Master's intentions were, and how imperative it was that he be stopped. He committed genocide on a mega-planetary scale, and how could the Doctor let him get away with it?

    Don't watch it if you have a spider phobia...

    People seem to forget that Tom Baker's Doctor was aged in part of The Leisure Hive. He looked a lot older and more decrepit than RL Tom Baker looks today.

    Jon Pertwee actually owned the "Whomobile" (at least that's my understanding). He really wanted to use it on-screen, and the production people obliged. After all, this was a time when lots of people were into James Bond, so the wild and wacky vehicle chases fit right in.

    As the Doctor says himself, he didn't choose for any of those Companions to be with him. Adric was a stowaway from another universe, Nyssa begged for his help, and Tegan was another stowaway (although not an intentional one). Considering the aggravation Adric had caused him and the fact that he'd basically just met Nyssa and Tegan, it's unreasonable to expect him to have a warm, fuzzy relationship with any of the three.
  9. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
    Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down ther
    Yes, his reaction to them is believable given the circumstances. It just doesn't feel like the right ending for him.