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Doctor Who regeneration = bad LSD trip?

by on Apr.13, 2010, under Television

Speaking of regenerations, the BBC posted an article about the difficulties each Doctor faced with each regeneration – both on screen and in the media. When the idea came up of “regeneration” to replace the lead actor, a memo was released that likened the experience of regeneration to a Time Lord like a bad LSD trip – “The metaphysical change… is a horrifying experience – an experience in which he relives some of the most unendurable moments of his long life.” It also mentions how each of the Doctors during the original run (Peter Davison is not mentioned, ironically the youngest Doctor until Matt Smith) had trouble getting accepted. Patrick Troughton was a “half-witted clown,” reaction to Jon Pertwee was “hardly enthusiastic,” Tom Baker was “loony,” Colin Baker was “too stern” and “too aggressive,” and Sylvester McCoy reached an all time low approval rating – but his first companion, Mel (Bonnie Langford), was hated even more…


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