Ever get the feeling NuWho is playing with us when it comes to our Modern Doctors and their debut episodes? Perhaps that they’re running parallel with our Classic Doctors?
First Doctor and Ninth Doctor
(Debut Episodes: An Unearthly Child/Rose)
Both appear already in their respective regenerations, and in dark clothing. Both slightly prickly, but with a soft underbelly. (Not to mention the Unearthly Child is Susan, who’s real name, Arkytoir, is Old High Gallifreyan for Rose.)
Second and Tenth Doctor
(Debut Episodes: Power Of The Daleks/The Christmas Invasion)
Both regenerating amongst companions. Both choosing appearances closer to aforementioned companions. (Second is younger, Ten is slightly younger and has brown eyes like Rose.)
Third and Eleventh Doctor
(Debut Episodes: Spearhead From Space/The Eleventh Hour)
Both born of previous incarnations who didn’t want to regenerate. Both gaining their first set of clothing from a hospital. Both working with a Lethbridge-Stuart in charge of UNIT. (Both also quite taken with forward thinking, assertive, brunette human women.)
Fourth and Twelfth Doctor
(Debut Episodes: Robot/Deep Breath)
Both eccentric, flippant and slightly off-centre right from the get go. Both born of tragic situations. (Three-to-Four from being poisoned, Eleven-to-Twelve sacrificing his life for Trenzalore and Gallifrey.) Both running around in their nightgowns.
Both filled with dark humour and comedic timing.
Both in the first company of assertive, brunette human women.
And both dealing with a mechanical monster in their debut episodes. (Not to mention they both have those big blue eyes that widen and stare.)
So…does that mean Twelve is going to fall from something before he regenerates? Maybe from grace…