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     Friday, May 18 2007 @ 09:15 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  sstevens97] Been a long while since I've seen that episode with Romana regenerating. Didn't she change species as well? Clearly that production team was having a bit of fun.
    Indeed she did change species as well, which is the basis for some people not having a problem with the Eighth Doctor claim of "half-human-ness". Its legacy survives in modern Who in the vestigal forms of the Ninth Doctor's pre-regenerative rant, and the "Runaway Bride" claim of "human optionability".

    Though mostly seen now as the height of Douglas Adams/Graham Williams "silliness" the Romana "changing room" approach to regeneration was quite controversial at the time. Some people back in the day were as mad about that as the half-human thing—but in my opinion people who don't like "half human-ness" for coming out of left field are really saying a) they don't like the antecedent or b) don't fully remember the Adams/Williams contributions to the legacy. I think they also tend to forget that "Destiny of the Daleks" neatly explained a discontinuity viewers of the original broadcast might've remembered—namely, that the First Doctor ostensibly had only one heart.

    As for me, I think it's a funny gag and the Eighth Doctor half-human-ness can be viewed as a natural, if more serious, development of the concept.

    I think the only way to rationalize the differing views of regeneration is if one believes that basic physiology, as well as appearance, is up for grabs in a regeneration. Certainly makes the Krillitane confrontation in "School Reunion" play more interestingly to do so, not to mention—and, yes, I think I will mention it—the socio-sexual preferences of the Doctor.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Friday, May 18 2007 @ 12:15 PM EDT

    Now, the regeneration from the seventh to the eighth Doctor is the first one that we witness that is well away from the TARDIS and the Doctor does not have it nor another Timelord around to help ease the process. Who knows, maybe the perocess requires some genetic blueprint, or what not like "biodata extracts", or whatever to guide the process. Lack of such assistance may have caused the use of the closest available template, a human... Of course, this is all my overactive imagination, but there it is.

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     Friday, June 29 2007 @ 12:57 PM EDT
    I suppose this question has been adequately answered, but it's probably also worth mentioning that in the opening narration for the TV movie, McGann refers to McCoy as "my seventh life."

    Unless someone said that and I missed it.

    tawm.net: read it. (please?)
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