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The Biggest Doctor Who Jaw-Droppers
The Time Lord's biggest surprises over 50 years of TV

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This past weekend’s Doctor Who episode, The Name Of The Doctor, featured a heck of a last minute reveal (which, for the spoiler phobic, we won’t discuss until the very last page of this feature, page 11). It’s hardly the first surprise that the Time Lord - or, if you will, Shock Doc - has delivered across his 50 years rattling around space-time. We take a look at some of our favourites…

WORDS JAMES WHITE
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The First Doctor Regenerates

Episode: The Tenth Planet
The Doctor: The first (William Hartnell)

One of the trademark elements of Who canon – which sees the main character regenerate when his body is too badly injured or otherwise affected to recover – was born out of 1960s BBC bootstrap practicality more than a desire to shock. With original Doctor William Hartnell’s health failing by 1966, the decision was made to replace him. Script editor Gerry Davis suggested the Doctor could die and return as someone else, with producer Innes Lloyd adding that it could happen regularly to renew our hero and facilitate re-casting when needed. So, in the final episode of The Tenth Planet, viewers were stunned by a process apparently modelled on a bad LSD trip as Hartnell ‘died’ and magically became Patrick Troughton.

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1 My Biggest, Not Already Mentioned Jaw Dropper
Who knocked four times. The prophecy of Ten's time ending with "he will knock four times". You think "THE MASTER!!". The Master is in the two-parter, crazier as ever. But who was the prophecy referring to? Wilf. THAT made me scream in shock. More

Posted by absolute_im_fan on Wednesday May 29, 2013, 11:09

2 Face of Boe
I think that the revelation about Captain Jack being the face of Boe was a great one. Although I still haven't seen many episodes pre 2005... More

Posted by CaitlinNZ on Tuesday May 28, 2013, 04:16

3 Face of Boe
I think that the revelation about Captain Jack being the face of Boe was a great one. Although I still haven't seen many episodes pre 2005... More

Posted by CaitlinNZ on Tuesday May 28, 2013, 04:16

4 Face of Boe
I think that the revelation about Captain Jack being the face of Boe was a great one. Although I still haven't seen many episodes pre 2005... More

Posted by CaitlinNZ on Tuesday May 28, 2013, 04:16

5 missed opportunities
I thought it was a shame they never made Rory the master, as that would have been epic and explained a great deal about river song, and Arthur Darvill would have been awesome playing such a twisted character More

Posted by mjmcquil on Monday May 27, 2013, 14:29

6 Good Post
very informative article,.hoping to read more like this in the future More

Posted by analizaparker on Monday May 27, 2013, 07:37

7 RE: John hunt
L: Spuzzell She was so unlikeable and awful... ah, you're wrong. do without her TV show, but I thought she was brilliant in Dr Who. One of the top companions ever. More

Posted by Osric on Friday May 24, 2013, 16:05

8 RE: John hunt
L: matty_b Catherine Tate being absolutely bloody magnificent and the finest companion since Sarah Jane caused many jaws to drop in all fairness. sm=happy34.gif] I think possibly the most shocking moment from New Who is the revelation that Amy has been a Ganger for the last few episodes and the real Amy is holed up in an army base giving birth. Shame they squandered what was a very effective cliffhanger. More

Posted by Rebel scum on Friday May 24, 2013, 08:16

9 RE: John hunt
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Posted by matty_b on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 21:46

10 RE: John hunt
L: Harley Quinn L: matty_b Catherine Tate being absolutely bloody magnificent and the finest companion since Sarah Jane caused many jaws to drop in all fairness. es, I loved her and thought she was brilliant. When she has her memory wiped made me cry.* *I cry all the time at Dr Who. love Dr. Who, but I actually had to make an account here just to say this: Catherine Tate was SO INCREDIBLY IRRITATING that after the first two episodes she was in I just stopped watching entirely. She was so unlikeable and awful that there are now 15 episodes of Dr. Who I refuse to ever watch.. one actress was so shockingly bad that I had to not watch one of my favourite shows. That's the only time this has happened to me in my whole TV life, the woman is appalling. More

Posted by Spuzzell on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 21:14

11 RE: John hunt
"I was gonna be with you forever..." More

Posted by matty_b on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 18:23

12 RE: John hunt
L: matty_b Catherine Tate being absolutely bloody magnificent and the finest companion since Sarah Jane caused many jaws to drop in all fairness. es, I loved her and thought she was brilliant. When she has her memory wiped made me cry.* *I cry all the time at Dr Who. More

Posted by Harley Quinn on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 17:55

13 At Last!
daleks v cybermen. abou time too. More

Posted by spark1 on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 14:24

14 RE: John hunt
Catherine Tate being absolutely bloody magnificent and the finest companion since Sarah Jane caused many jaws to drop in all fairness. More

Posted by matty_b on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 14:15

15 RE: John hunt
L: Gazzabrook Empire and anyone wanting to know, a simple internet search will tell you who John Hunt is ut apparently the internet doesn't tell you how to spell his name. More

Posted by Osric on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 12:04

16 John hunt
Empire and anyone wanting to know, a simple internet search will tell you who John Hunt is, I know before the episode aired but was not expecting him to appear until the 50th Anni show. This has been one of Moffat's better (if not best) stories More

Posted by Gazzabrook on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 11:54

17 RE:
L: DeadlyDave My favourate that didn't make the list: Modern series 4 episide 11 - The regeneration cliffhanger eah, I agree with that. That was amazing. You were really like WHAAAAAT?! Then the next week when they just brushed it off and I kind of felt like Annie Wilkes in Misery! Brilliant for that week while it lasted though. More

Posted by Osric on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 08:40

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My favourate that didn't make the list: Modern series 4 episide 11 - The regeneration cliffhanger By this point David Tennant's departure plans were sadly all but confirmed. Then at the end of the episode, just as we're about to see him united with Rose, he gets shot by a dakek. The regeneration process starts as the credits role and geeks across the land heads expload into wondering if the BBC have pulled an managed to somehow achieve Abrams level of secrecy to give us the 11th doctor in the following weeks episode. Though ultimately a bluff, it was such a ballsy move that that there was no feeling of anti-climax. More

Posted by DeadlyDave on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 08:35

19 RE: The Biggest Doctor Who Jaw-Droppers
Oh, and the most jaw-dropping thing about recent Doctor Who... ...wait for it... ...is that Neil Gaiman is talentless.... and...wait for it.... clueless!or all his promises about the Cybermen and his references to the "Uncanny Valley he's ultimately exposed as a tired, put-upon hack. "Put me down I hate you!" Says a precocious teenager to a Cyberman. "Who are you?" "I'm bored." Says a post-precocious Nebula award-winning writer readying himself for a career writing Hollyoaks. ]his theory in psychology that the more human qualities the lifeless thing adopts, the more disconcerting it is. Like Anthony Hopkins' dummy in i] for example. More

Posted by demoncleaner on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 07:58

20 RE: The Biggest Doctor Who Jaw-Droppers
Other shocking moments in Doctor Who... Bonnie Langford can act?????? For a bit. Hold me! More

Posted by demoncleaner on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 07:34

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