The new season of Doctor Who will premier later this month and now is an excellent time to test, or educate, you on your knowledge of Peter Capaldi’s character, the Doctor. This will be Peter’s first season taking part in the now historic role of the Doctor, who has recently come out of a fresh regeneration. Regeneration, what is that you ask? We’ll touch on that in a bit.
Time Lords are an ancient extraterrestrial civilization created for the British television show, Doctor Who, in the early 1960’s. They are humanoids known as Gallifreyans. Their existence is said to predate that of humans. So, if you were to look at us and look at them and say we look alike, it would be more accurate to say humans look like Time Lords, since they were preexisting. Heck, as masters of time, they may have even manipulated our early years. Possibly guided our evolution. But I digress.
A Time Lord can live many thousands of years, depending on the type of life they lead. Their potential life span can be so long one may describe it as immortal. When Matt Smith was closing out his role as the Doctor last season, the Time Lord was already well over 1000 years in age. In the trailer for the new season, we learn he’s even older…
Two Thousand Years!
From actor Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi. How is the same character played by so many different individuals over the years even possible? Although Time Lords look like humans, they are far from being the same. Their physiological make up is very different.
- Two hearts resulting in a much faster normal beat per minute.
- A lower internal temperature.
- A respiratory bypass system.
…to name a few. Lucky for the Gallifreyan who finds himself in a spot of trouble more often than pleasantly preferred. They are miraculously more impervious to things such as: the vacuum of space, radiation, strangulation…you know, the little things.
When one of the Gallifreyan race eventually suffers a fatal injury they begin what is referred to as the regeneration process. Each Gallifreyan has twelve of these in their lifetime. It’s like a cat’s nine lives. Their body morphs, sheds the old life and takes on a new look―a new Time Lord. A fresh start, if you will.
Ninth Doctor… Tenth Doctor… Eleventh Doctor…Each change is packed full of excitement and sadness. You’re losing an old friend, while leaping into something new and unknown. Ripe for the adventurer. You could get David Tenant’s Tenth Doctor―Yes please! Or a Doctor looking and acting like Phyllis Diller! Holy Gallifreyan TARDIS—NO!
In the last episode to air, the Doctor was at the end of his twelfth regeneration. But as we saw in that episode, The Time of The Doctor, when his companion, Clara Oswald, asked for help from Gallifrey they were able to grant the Doctor an additional regeneration. How many did the Doctor receive? That still remains to be seen. Peter Capaldi could be the end of the line, or the beginning of endless possibilities.
What makes a Time Lord so attractive? It is intelligence and science over the typical brawny alpha male and it’s totally sexy. The Doctor is highly smart. Off the chart smart. And Time Lord brains appear to give them access to telepathy and possibly clairvoyance, as seen through the various Doctors. What would you do with those abilities?
In the episode, Journey’s End, when the Doctor’s companion, Donna Noble, takes on the abilities of a Time Lord, it is too much for her body and it starts to kill her. What do you think, are our brains not capable of such feats? Or is it that we simply haven’t unlocked all of our potential?
Will you tune in for the new season of Doctor Who? Give Peter Capaldi a chance? Every new doctor has been a trial for me, but each has managed to find a place in my heart. Some have taken longer than others, but all have managed it—eventually. My fingers are crossed for Peter.
The new season kicks off Saturday, August 23rd at 8 p.m. on BBC. If you aren’t familiar, that’s a whole lot of binge watching between now and then. And it could seriously happen with a show like Doctor Who. Good luck!
Regeneration—a pro or con? Is it worth extending life at the loss of self? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
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