Has Peter Capaldi Already Filmed His Regeneration?

Has Peter Capaldi already filmed his regeneration? Or more importantly, has he film the actual regeneration or another regeneration entirely?

There’s no getting away from the fact that the Twelfth Doctor’s time is ending but could that faithful day be closer than we think? According to the Sydney Morning Herald (via Digital Spy), Capaldi said that that he’d already shot a dramatic regeneration just before filming wrapped on the upcoming tenth series – with the Christmas Special, the expected departure date, yet to begin filming.

“I did [the regeneration] the other day. It was a strange day. It was explosive. He goes out a fighter.”

That ‘strange day’ seems to be part of a bait and switch with fans, with the recent trailer showing the Doctor about to regenerate exhibit A in this Moffat masterplan. However, there’s no definite proof that the comments above refer to a regeneration fake out, and we’d be surprised if he didn’t regenerate during his last episode.

Something funny is going on with the Twelfth Doctors regeneration, and even Capaldi admitted to the New York Times that the process isn’t as straight-forward this time around:

“There’s this notion now that it’s the same process he’s gone through every time, and that’s not true. It’s only the last couple of regenerations that have been, as it were, fairly straightforward ones.

“I can’t go into the details of a lot of it, because I know what happens, but I don’t know how it happens.”

My own personal theory is that the regeneration will start at the end of Series 10 and the whole of the Christmas Special will be the Doctor battling against an unknown foe mid-regeneration. Basically, it’s The Christmas Invasion or The Eleventh Hour in reverse. I think that’s what Capaldi means when he says he ‘goes out a fighter’.

Anyway, the only way we’ll know is once Series 10 kicks off this Saturday with The Pilot on BBC One at 7:20 pm.

  • Rick714

    It’d be interesting if they bookend all of series 10 with a regen. That is to say shooting the start of it at the very beginning of series 10, a cold open, if you will then he goes the entirety of the series *knowing* what’s going to happen. Could happen. Tennant started to regenerate then visited all his companions. Pertwee started and then roamed aimlessly off course in the Tardis for weeks before finally landing back home at UNIT HQ. Hartnell went the whole adventure of The Tenth Planet obviously on the verge. that’d be an interesting twist having him in that zone all through the 12 eps.

    • daft

      Well, to paraphrase Douglas Adams ‘it’s science fiction’, any hard and fast rule can be reversed at a thrice with a phrase like ‘reverse the polarity’. Could we see something like the last Master regeneration? Instead of the blue Skeletor motif, could the new Doctor appear disguised somehow – I doubt they’d spoil the actual regeneration by having him/her in plain sight – it could even be a timey whimey plot where the next Doctor comes back to warn his predecessor of impending folly. Given the tone of last episode title, I’m quite ready to assume the Doctor does something so untoward to save Bill, that he might end up in a similar state to the Master in The Deadly Assassin, so it could all tie up with the extended presence of the Master/Missy this series aka the Doctor’s not so proud, after all. Knowing that Beeb Execs laid down the law to Moffat about K.I.S.S. being the mantra for this series, it’s quite possible the last episode and Xmas special makes for a grand unified regeneration epic aka Moffat’s Victory Lap. So, I think in the long run just *when* he regenerates might end up being a moot point, as all roads lead to Rome or Gallifrey storywise, anyway.

      • The Lazy Womble

        I thought all roads led to Swindon

        • daft

          Lol! All roads END at Swindon 😉

  • The Lazy Womble

    “we’d be surprised if he didn’t regenerate during his last episode”- well, yes. But which is his last episode?

  • The Lazy Womble

    of course it could mean no more than that they have started filming the Christmas special and filmed the regeneration first

  • Ranger

    Just watched the Graham Norton show and Capaldi says quite distinctly, I’ve filmed my death and then later says I’ve got to film the Xmas episode. Norton asked if he had filmed his death didn’t the next Doctor have to be present and Capaldi replied not necessarily. Of course, they could edit in the next doctor later, but I feel that giving we’ve seen a picture of Capaldi already surrounded by a regeneration glow, that the regeneration could start in the series and finish in the Xmas episode, leaving the series on the ultimate cliffhanger and drumming up more publicity for the Xmas show.

    • bar “B.I.”O.

      This is Doctor Who; Death and regeneration are not the same thing… I think Mr Moff is going to make something of that this year.
      Just been watching Logopolis, not a bad story for Easter Weekend – ‘It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for.’
      Whatever he says, I think Moff really has prepared for this one 😀