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Doctor Who: Where's the Doctor?

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Throughout the programme's long history, there have been revelations about the Doctor that have raised additional questions. In (1976), it was hinted that the First Doctor may not have been the first incarnation (although the other faces depicted may have been incarnations of the Time Lord Morbius). In subsequent stories the First Doctor was depicted as the earliest incarnation of the Doctor. In (1983), the Fifth Doctor explicitly confirmed that he was then currently in his fifth incarnation. Later that same year, during 1983's 20th Anniversary special , the First Doctor enquires as to the Fifth Doctor's regeneration; when the Fifth Doctor confirms "Fourth", the First Doctor excitedly replies "Goodness me. So there are five of me now." In 2010, the Eleventh Doctor similarly calls himself "the Eleventh" in "". In the 2013 episode "The Time of the Doctor," the Eleventh Doctor clarified he was the product of the twelfth regeneration, due to a previous incarnation which he chose not to count and one other aborted regeneration. The name Eleventh is still used for this incarnation; the same episode depicts the prophesied "Fall of the Eleventh" which had been trailed throughout the series.

The effect of regeneration on the Doctor in the time immediately following the event varied from incarnation to incarnation. In some cases the Doctor regained his faculties quickly, erratic behaviour notwithstanding. (: , , ) On one occasion when the regenerative process was postponed for a long time, he was rendered amnesiac. (: ) In most cases the Doctor was incapacitated for a period of time before ultimately recovering. (: , , , , ) There was also a unique case where the Doctor (through will or the nature of his injury) was able to delay regeneration from setting in for an extended period of time - long enough to visit all of his past companions - though the resulting energy release was catastrophic for the TARDIS. (: , )

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    Where is the Doctor? The time travelling Time Lord could be anywhere in time and space in these incredibly detailed intergalactic images. Search through the Cybermen, dig through the Daleks and ogle the Ood to find the Doctor and his friends!

    Doctor Who returns to BBC One with a new series in Autumn 2012 and Spring 2013, building up to the show’s 50th anniversary in November 2013.

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    While in bed inside a and crying over not wishing to join the army, a young heard assuring him that it was all just a dream, that it was OK to be afraid of the dark and that "if you're very wise and very strong, fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly". (: ) This was an from when the Doctor's told Clara about the promise he made about the Doctor being "never cruel or cowardly", which the Doctor had originally heard from Clara as a child. (: )

    The Doctor's influence on the universe was seen most notably while in : desperate to save the Doctor from his impending death, River Song built a telling all of time and space that the Eleventh Doctor was dying and needed their help causing the entire universe to reply that they would help. River told the Doctor that his impact on the universe was so profound that if he ever needed its help, he just had to ask. This was also shown in how the crew of the , though formerly enemies of the Doctor, were willing to aid him in any way they could and kept his secret of being alive from the rest of the universe despite their past, just because he asked them to. (: ) By the time the took over , the Doctor was so well known he was in the Library's books and whatever they read there scared the Vashta Nerada, who the Tenth Doctor didn't think could be stopped enough that they agreed to his demands. River Song also stated that she believed that "all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark" if the Doctor ever gave up on helping people. (: ) When the changed time so that the Doctor's victories were negated, said that the universe was going to be a much darker place without him and entire star systems were shown disappearing as a result of his victories being negated. (: ) When the created a around where the Doctor never met Donna, the Earth at least was shown to be a much darker place without the Doctor there to defend it. When the apparently unstoppable started approaching, was sure the only one who could stop it was the Doctor, stating that they needed him "more than ever" to stop this reality-threatening event, although she later realised that both the Doctor and Donna together were needed. (: ) During the Last Great Time War, when the died during a spaceship crash, the resurrected him and offered to help him control his regeneration precisely because they believed only the Doctor could stop a war that threatened the existence of the entire universe. told the Doctor specifically that he was the universe's last hope and indicated that if he took on a more active role in the Time War, which he had avoided doing up to that point, it could be stopped without everything being destroyed. (: )