Oh Boy, Matt Smith Is Technically The 13th Doctor

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Even though it’s made up, science fiction often comes with rules and needs to operate within them to remain grounded. If the rules are going to be thrown to the wind, there needs to be a damn good reason. Given the appearance of the War Doctor, fans of Doctor Who started wondering about the 12 regeneration limit constraints mentioned in the 1976 episode “The Deadly Assassin.” It’s definitely on Steven Moffat’s mind, but he made the matter even more confusing in an interview with Radio Times. He said:

“The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them.”

He pointed out that technically, Matt Smith is the 13th and final Doctor. There’s the addition of John Hurt as a Doctor and David Tennant used an extra regeneration as the 10th Doctor. That pushes Smith to spot 13 and means the Christmas special (when Smith is slated to regenerate) should actually be the end of the Doctor. So what does that do to newcomer Peter Capaldi? Moffat wouldn’t say. My idea is that it’s some sort of reboot. Whatever the reason, it seems like this year’s Christmas special will be just as compelling as “The Day of the Doctor.”

(Radio Times via Hypable)

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