The Regeneration Game
10:00 AM, Friday 14 Apr 2017 (1 hour)
50 years ago the BBC took the extraordinary step of replacing the lead actor of their popular children’s drama Doctor Who not with a lookalike or a new character but with a completely re-imagined version of the same character. This process, later referred to as “regeneration”, has allowed Doctor Who to change its lead actor 11 times from William Hartnell in 1963 all the way through to Peter Capaldi in 2013. What was the impact on regeneration for the series? How different can each actor’s portrayal of the Doctor be while still maintaining the same character? How far could – or should – the BBC push the concept in the future?