Doctor Who's time traveler has become immortal

With the Doctor on his 11th body, Doctor Who fans worry about the notion that his 13th life will be his last. But a new episode will reveal that the Doctor has "no limit" to how many times he regenerates.


Apparently the big revelation comes in an episode of spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures, airing October 25 and 26 in the UK. (It's written by Doctor Who's former producer, Russell T. Davies.) The Doctor and Sarah Jane's sidekick Clyde "are in the process of outwitting spooky vulture undertakers the Shansheeth." And Clyde asks the Doctor how many times he can regenerate. According to the Guardian:

The Doctor indicates that there is no limit. The action continues.

Apparently, there's no explanation for this, it's just stated as fact — which the Guardian says is already disgruntling some fans who've grown up with the 12-regeneration limit, first established in 1976. [Guardian]

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James Whitbrook

Well, after all, TSJA is a early evening children's BBC show, intended for under tens (and above with the inner child of an under ten, like me! =D).

Kids don't want the alien action and fun to stop so the Doctor can sit Sarah Jane, Rani and Clyde down and explain something they would naturally see as fact any way - to them, The Doctor is already immortal, whenever he dies he changes his face. Simple! It's only us older fans who're sitting here going 'But what about the Thirteen!?!?'

It makes perfect sense to have the Doctor just come out with it so simply in TSJA. If it was on Doctor Who - and I'm sure it will be mentioned on the main show in the future, just because it's mentioned here doesn't mean it couldn't be put into more detail in the main show itself - perhaps The Doctor would offer a more detailed explanation. But for TSJA, it's easier to keep it simpler for the younger audience, and to keep the pace and fun going.

TL;DR - Simmer down, Who fans!