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The Night of the Doctor (14 Nov. 2013)

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With the aid of the sisterhood of Karn, "The Doctor" regenerates into "The War Doctor".



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With the aid of the sisterhood of Karn, "The Doctor" regenerates into "The War Doctor".

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The 2nd time The Doctor has visited the planet Karn and encountered the Sisterhood of the Flame. In the 1976 story "The Brain of Morbius", The 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrived on Karn, where the mad scientist Doctor Solon constructed a new body for the brain of the evil Time Lord Morbius, whom The Doctor had thought executed by the Time Lord High Council. See more »


The Doctor: Hang on. Is it you? Am I back on Karn? You're the Sisterhood of Karn, keepers of the flame of utter boredom.
Ohila: Eternal life.
The Doctor: That's the one.
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"I'm a doctor...but probably not the one you were expecting"
22 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For the reviewer who said that the webisode would be incomprehensible to modern fans, I'm not even a fan and I found it comprehensible. All you really need to know to appreciate it is that Paul McGann was the Eighth Doctor but only appeared in a TV Movie back in 1996.

Because it's been seventeen years, he's made enough of a physical change for him to look as if he's been hardened or wisened by events. McGann gets a much better change to acquit himself and remind everybody that he's a very good actor. Far from being the chirpy boy in the TVM, the Eighth Doctor is now world weary. He's still chivalrous but his dashing charms fail to win over space fighter Cass (Emma Campbell Jones).

Seven minutes is barely enough time to establish anything and yet this is still a poignant webisode. The Doctor is known for being a good and trustworthy figure so it's a surprise when we meet someone with a reasonable distrust of him. The whole thing is much darker and whilst there is humour (McGann's opening lines being the best), it's more serious and more interesting than the main series. To use another fifty-year-old series as an analogy, McGann graduates from being a George Lazenby to Timothy Dalton.

The whole thing sent me running to the TVM and Big Finish audios. Though it might be made more for the purpose of filling in blanks and slotting Hurt's Doctor into the canon, it's a terrifically tantalising glimpse of what could have been.

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