Doctor Who: Steven Moffat teases regeneration count problem
"There's something you've all missed", says Steven Moffat, as he teases the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special...
Warning: this story contains spoilers for Doctor Who: The Name Of The Doctor
Since The Name Of The Doctor left us on a cliffhanger and a half all those months ago, speculation has been rife as to just how the issue of John Hurt in Doctor Who is going to be resolved. At the time, we tried to answer some of the questions here, but answers - we hope and think - are forthcoming in next month's 50th anniversary special, Day Of The Doctor.
Ahead of that, Steven Moffat has been teasing things a little, while speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. And he said of the Doctor that "he can only regenerate 12 times", adding that "I think you should go back to your DVDs and count correctly this time. There's something you've all missed".
Hmmm. Well, we never saw Paul McGann regenerate into Christopher Eccleston for a start, and that's where most speculation has centred since last May. Then there was the hand of Tennant, that popped up in the Russell T Davies era. Then the second Tennant Doctor who went off to live with Rose Tyler. What about the regeneration from Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee? Given that it was effectively ordered by the Time Lords, did that one count, as he didn't 'die' as such?
Gah. Our hurting head.
All will be revealed, we suspect and hope, on November 23rd, when Day Of The Doctor screens on BBC One....