Which was (or will be) the first regeneration you experienced watching Doctor Who?

Administrator - Posted on 11 August 2009

William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton
6% (5 votes)
Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee
1% (1 vote)
Jon Pertwee to Tom Baker
29% (23 votes)
Tom Baker to Peter Davison
39% (31 votes)
Peter Davison to Colin Baker
5% (4 votes)
Colin Baker to Sylvester McCoy
1% (1 vote)
Sylvester McCoy to Paul McGann
0% (0 votes)
Christopher Eccelston to David Tennant
16% (13 votes)
David Tennant to Matt Smith
3% (2 votes)
Total votes: 80
Bullitt33's picture

'Caves of Androzani' all the way!!!  Why couldn't the Doctor just have a drink of Bat's milk while he was there & then just bring back some extra for Peri? It makes no sense to me. I still want a do-over! >:^[

Wow, I don't think you'll get very many votes for the transition from 1 to 2!

Tom Baker to Peter Davison. I love the way they did it and I still get chills from the incidental music playing in the scene.

My second was Colin Baker to Sylvester McCoy.

romana_II's picture

Technically... for me it was Nine into Ten.

But I was in the middle of watching series 2 when I watched that regeneration, so I didn't really experience it for real because I had already watched a season of the Tenth Doctor before I even met the Ninth.

So this current regeneration, from Ten to Eleven, is going to really be my first... and it feels like my first... and it's going to be hard, and tears will be shed, but I'm looking forward to the next doctor as well.

Bring on 2010!

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I'm not sure which you mean but the first thing I saw was in ROBOT as briefly Jon turned into Tom. The first full regeneration would be Tom turning into Peter Davison. I was SO GLAD when Peter changed into Colin because...while Colin looked pretty weird to me, Peter's Doctor had let Adric die. Nowadays as I've stated before, I felt Peter's Doctor in CAVES had finally come into his own and begun to actually have some strength to his Doctor and then...he was gone. He probably should have stayed another year.


DrWho001's picture

Tom into Peter.

I was 5 at the time and I remember I had heard on the news that Tom was leaving and that to me at the time the guy I liked in All Creatures Great and Small was taking over. 


I was excited and happy but disapointed I would have to wait until the following year to see him properly in the role.


Saying that I remember enjoying the BBC 2 repeats of old stories after Logopolis.

barnabeee's picture

I loved that repear season. I was just a year or 2 older than you at the time, and was quite upset about Tom - and then learned about all these earlier Doctors - and love The Krotons to this day - all because of that series of repeats!

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I remember the first regen I saw was Baker to Davison, but only by accident!  In Chicago in the 80s, they were broadcasting Doctor Who on PBS.  A friend of mine suggested that I should check it out, and recommend that I start watching on Sunday night, as they were just about to start "at the beginning" with Robot.  They had just aired Logopolis the week before, and were starting Tom Baker's series over again.

I tuned in to watch, and due to a transmission problem the previous week, they had decided to re-broadcast the last episode of Logopolis, and then went into Robot.  Talk about confusing!  

Still, I was hooked!

Troy Baker's picture

The first regeneration I saw was the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) into the 5th Doctor (Peter Davison). With it being the first I saw it is the one I remember the most.

The reason it was the first for me is because I didn't discover the show until the "Key of Time" season and all that was being shown was the 4th Doctor stories - until the regeneration. The local PBS station hadn't gotten the older (Doctor) stories yet. As a result, that was the first for me.

I think many of us will condider the first regeneration they saw (in the US) as the 4th to 5th.

I was pretty young when I first saw it in the 80s on PBS, but I remember thinking, "He's turned into a kid!" as Peter looked so much younger and smaller than Tom did.

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PseudoWho's picture

Personally, I'm counting Pertwee to Baker as my first, since it was the first one I saw as a kid even though it was at the beginning of Robot. I started watching Doctor Who with Ark in Space, but the local PBS station looped around to Robot pretty quickly again, so I saw that regeneration years before I saw the one at the end of Logopolis.

I do remember hearing the annoucement that Peter Davison was the new Doctor when I was about 10 years old. I hated him at first, because it was like he had "killed" my Doctor, but I grew to like him quickly enough...

Looking forward to the 11th Doctor. Seems very Troughtony, judging not just by the clothes but some of the hand gestures you can see in a few of the early on-location shots, and the second Doctor is probably my favorite.

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Louis Trapani's picture

Since at the time, I had not seen any Jon Pertwee episodes yet, I don't count Robot as my first, but rather Tom Baker to Peter Davison was my first experience with regeneration. Which is probably typical for someone in the US of my age.

Although I accepted the change-over immediately, it took a little time to get pass the "mourning" of the 4th Doctor at the time. Yet at the same time, it was new and exciting. Since 5th Doctor was not only different in appearance, but in character too, it made me hunger for other Doctor stories.

I don't think you ever forget your first regeneration on Doctor Who.



romana_II's picture

I'm pretty much the same, but with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors

I saw the Nine/Ten regeneration, but only after I watched an entire series with Ten.

My first regeneration is the upcoming one, it's scary, when it was first announced I was upset and in denial. At the moment I'm feeling a little excited about the Eleventh Doctor, but I think part of that is because I don't want to think about my Doctor leaving.

I will be in mourning for quite a while after Christmas, but I think I'll love Eleven.
It's going to be an experience for me, and I won't forget it.... especially because I'll be in the UK when series 5 starts.

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Troy Baker's picture

That could be the reason the BBC announced Matt Smith as the new Doctor so soon - to give people time to accept the change and get used to it - especially since David Tennant had made the role so much his, any change would take preperation to get ready for.


PS I'll be jealous of you being in the UK when it starts.Wink

DarthSkeptical's picture

I didn't understand what the hell was going on at the time, but as I saw "Robot" prior to "Logopolis", the first regeneration I saw was 3 into 4.  The first time I properly understood regeneration was 4 into 5.

Have a lemon sherbet. It'll quench your thirst.

Mr Smith's picture

As a kid growing up in the UK I had, of course, grown up with Dr Who and Jon Pertwee was my Doctor. I Didn't realise there had been other Doctors until I saw The Three Doctors, but thanks to the Target books at my local library (no DVDs or even VHS then folks) I (sort of) caught up with the Doctor's history. When it came to the end of Planet of The Spiders I couldn't believe that the Doctor, my Doctor was leaving. Who was this grinning idiot taking over, Tom who ? never heard of him. And what was he doing with that stupid scarf ? Things didn't get better with Robot. He was driving Bessie, my Doctor's Bessie. Thank goodness there was still Sarah Jane (ah Sarah Jane, be still my beating heart) The next story was Ark In Space. Then it clicked. This was still the Doctor. A new Doctor a (whisper) better Doctor. From then on although I still loved (and still do) the third Doctor, the 4th Doctor became my Doctor.

In NZ, I think I was 6 or 7 at the time. It was a few years behind the UK.

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