Should Matt SMith's doctor age before regenerating

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by Morpheus 02, Sep 8, 2013.


Should they age (physically) Matt SMith's Dr. before regeneration?

  1. Definitely yes

  2. Umm....maybe

  3. undecided or no opinion

    0 vote(s)
  4. Umm.. probably not

  5. Definitely -- NO WAy!!!!

  1. Morpheus 02

    Morpheus 02 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 3, 2003
    Chicago IL
    Should they age Matt SMith's character before they regenerate him?

    Though Christopher Eccleston declined to be a part of a "reunion"...would Matt SMith object to returning even years later to be in a multi-Doctor story?

    It seems to age him on screen first, so that gives him the freedom in the future to come back.

    What do you think
  2. Venardhi

    Venardhi Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    The Great Wide Somewhere
    That is one way to go about it, but then where does Clara fit in? Did he wander off for a thousand years before picking her up for the Christmas special?
  3. Wereghost

    Wereghost Part-time poltergeist Rear Admiral

    Oct 21, 2009
    They probably wouldn't need to. It could be argued that in-universe he has aged already, as the only comments on his apparent age are (if I recall) from Amy in The Vampires of Venice and The Wedding of River Song. In the former she says "You look nine!" when he suggests that they pretend to be father and daughter, and in the latter she remarks that he seems to have aged since she last saw him. (This would be when the Doctor was "1103", seemingly about 2/3 of the way through his current incarnation.)
  4. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 3, 2012
    The bed of whoever pays for the night.
    Artificial aging? no thanks. Although maybe they could do a scene in the Xmas special where the doctor finds his first grey hair implying that he's getting old and it is easier for him to let go at the end. But other than that, no, not really.
  5. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    It could be a nice way to work around Smith shaving his head, but I doubt they'll do it. It was originally planed to have Tennant look older in The End of Time, but for whatever reason they decided against it.
  6. Workbee

    Workbee Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 9, 2004
    I did not know that about the End of Time. This is interesting -- do you know why they decided against it?
  7. The Badger

    The Badger Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 11, 2008
    Im in ur Tardis, violating ur canon.
    Previous multi Doctor specials have seen actors looking older. It's not a big deal. There was a throwaway line in Time Crash, something about temporal potential making Five look older, and he'd return to normal back in his own time.
  8. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    I would guess any number of reasons. They save time and money by not putting age make-up on Tennant, even if it is just something simple like making his hair gray. They risk it being too much of a distraction if they don't get it just right. The desire to see the Doctor in his traditional look the last time we see him, which I believe is the reason for why his cuts, bruises and scars instantly disappear after his radiation exposure begins the regeneration process.
  9. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    Behind Enemy Lines
    There's also the fact that even if you age an actor there's no guarentee that's how he'll actually look when he's older anyway!