I think I’m slowly getting more used to the idea of the John Hurt secret regeneration..? Let’s call him 8.5 because there is no way I’m shifting numbers.
But really though. In all fairness it is an interesting concept. After all, we never actually see 8 regenerate, we’re missing details on the end of the Time War and knowing the Doctor forced himself to forget the version of him that did all those terrible things kinda adds to the pain of dark!Doctor. And we all like the pain let’s be honest here.
As many things as Moffat has messed up in the past (in the finale alone the lack of explanations, the terrible writing on Clara’s part, the pseudo-deaths as a cheap trick that plays on emotions) and is more than likely to mess up in the future, (Rose in the 50th, anything to do with Clara and River just to name a few) he might just get the plot right on this one.
He’s not going far back enough to mess with Classic Who things. It might end up a terrible episode in terms of general writing, but at this point I doubt he could do enough damage to change the very foundations of Who. At the worst, he’ll be egoistical, sexist and all-around a terrible person, and it’ll be one of the episodes that fandom will refuse to acknowledge. But Moffat can’t possibly fuck up things so badly that when he quits as showrunner and Eleven regenerates the next person in charge won’t be able to get the show back on its feet.
At least I dearly hope so.
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