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'Doctor Who' Regenerations: Friday Fiver

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Doctor Who S06E01 - The Doctor begins to regenerate

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Doctor Who returns to our screens tomorrow night, and showrunner Steven Moffat has promised that the mystery of The Doctor's apparent death will be resolved in the next six episodes. To celebrate the show's return, this week's Friday Fiver looks back at the moments when previous incarnations of the Time Lord met their end...

Doctor Who's regenerations have always been a bit of a mixed bag - on the one hand, there's Jon Pertwee's touching demise, but on the other, there's Colin Baker falling off an exercise bike and Sylvester McCoy getting shot by a street gang. Join us as we take our own trip through time below!

5. William Hartnell - in 'The Tenth Planet' (1966)
The original and one of the best, the very first regeneration from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton (or "renewal" as it was known back then) is expertly handled. Doctor Who took a massive risk the first time it replaced its lead actor, but it was a gamble that paid off. In terms of visual impact, this early regeneration sequence is also superior to some of its later counterparts.



4. Tom Baker - in 'Logopolis' (1981)
'Logopolis' may not be the greatest swansong a Doctor ever had, but you can't help but be moved by the story's final moments, in which Tom Baker finally bows out after seven long years. Falling from a great height, the Fourth Doctor is surrounded by his new companions - his poignant final words, coupled with another visually impressive regeneration, make this an exit to be proud of.



3. Christopher Eccleston - in 'The Parting of the Ways' (2005)
After just thirteen short weeks, the Ninth Doctor goes out in a blaze of glory and, like the man says, it's "absolutely fantastic". Given his short tenure and David Tennant's subsequent success, some underestimate Christopher Eccleston's contribution to modern-day Doctor Who, but his version of the Time Lord was beloved by viewers and he's never better than in his final scene.



2. Peter Davison - in 'The Caves of Androzani' (1984)
"Is this death?" - Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor exits the show in what is without doubt his finest adventure. Sacrificing his life to save his companion, Davison's gentle Time Lord succumbs to spectrox poisoning, but not before experiencing one of the wildest regenerations yet, as hallucinations of his friends and greatest foe appear to usher him onto the next life. Brilliant stuff.



1. David Tennant - in 'The End of Time - Part Two' (2010)
The most visually spectacular and gut-wrenching regeneration to date. David Tennant's Doctor was a fan favourite and, while some may argue that his final scenes were a little drawn out, you'd have to possess a heart of stone not to feel at least a little moved as he bids farewell to each of his faithful companions and tearfully departs with those final words.



Which your favourite Doctor Who regeneration? Share your opinions below!

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