Every Doctor Who regeneration ever

Okay, not every regeneration by a character on Doctor Who (cf Romana, River Song, Cho Je, Borusa, The Master, etc), but all the on-screen regenerations by the Doctor on the TV show Doctor Who (that should keep the pedants at bay, although someone’s bound to mention the Valeyard, that one in Journey’s End…). What’s your favourite? Still loving Caves of Androzani myself, but there’s a lot to be said for Tennant to Smith.




  • SK

    You know, one of the things that really disappoints me about the new series is how they’ve used the same special effect for all three regenerations. It’s supposed to be different every time, damn it!

  • SK

    (Three? Two. Proper ones. I’m also not keen on the way they’ve made regeneration into a plot point… I always thought it works best kept in the background until it was necessary to switch the actors. We didn’t need a light show at the end of The Caves of Androzani Part One, did we?)

  • Tennant to Smith is my least favourite, it’s so overdone it goes into parody. “I don’t want to go!” Sod off.
    I like Tennant, I just thought Rusty went way over the top with the regeneration.

  • Stu

    I’m always surprised by how elegant and well done the Hartnell to Troughton transition is done. The effect on Pertwee to Baker is feeble, but it’s a really well-written and acted scene; Tombo to Davison suffers from the Watcher thing, which is underdeveloped and confusing, but I’ve always loved Doc 4’s last words. I’m afraid the Androzani one is completely ruined by Anthony Ainley’s pantomime cackling. And although Tennant to Smith looks great, Rusty had lost all quality control by then – heavenly choir? Bloody Ood? Shut it!

  • TemplarJ

    ‘Leave the girl, it’s the man I want!’ I will say no more.

  • bob

    Amazing how emotional I found 9 to 10. It sent a tingle down my spine. I hadn’t realised just how much David Tennant’s Doctor meant to me. Such a shame his farewell was so hammy because his entrance was absolutely perfect.
    I actually prefer the regeneration from the movie. Am I allowed to say that without being pilloried? It looks rather real whereas all the others, especially the RTD regenerations, are cheap SFX or simply underwhelming (from the aesthetic and not emotional pov).
    I agree though that the regenerations should all be different. Maybe SM will change the effect when Matt Smith goes.