what i want to know is why i have to wait till fucking Autumn for the rest of the bastard series???????? i bet if i said you can wait till autumn for the rest of my License fee they would take offense and fine my ass
Blaim America. They do it all the time with their own shows, so I'm assuming its something to do with their execs interfioring.
As for the regeneration thing:
Yes, origionally it was a conveiniant way for them to recast the part with a new actor when the old one wanted to leave, thus extending the lifespan of the show.
Now... in the origional series, it was stated that a timelord could regenerate 12 times before he couldn't do so anymore and died. Hence, 13 total incarnations. The first one doesn't count as having regenerated afterall
Now, The Master was stated to have used up nearly all of his regenerations, which is why origionally he went after The Doctor, so that he could steal his body and his regenerations so that he could continue living longer.
Now, it gets complicated as its been stated that The Master was granted a new set of regenerations cycles for helping to capture The Doctor once, soo.. technically, it was possible for a Time Lord to have more then the 12 regenerations.. I'm guessing that this is now impossible without Galifrey and its technology being around.
This is furthur complicated by The Raini, having been shown to cycle through several different forms before settling on one. That was never explained.. is it a skill of just female timelords to choose their new appearence, or did she choose to burn through several cycles?
Now.. in the new series, we've seen the Doctor capable of only partially regenerating when injured... As stated, in Journeys end, he managed to flush the excess energy of his regeneration into his own severed hand, thus avoiding full regeneration.
Now, the question is... Did that count as a regeneration, or, because it wasn't a full one, are we to assume that the energies of regenerating, only take up a cycle when its completed?