The saddest times of life are when we have to say goodbye. And we said goodbye to this particular time traveller for the thirteenth time yesterday. Now, it’s time to rank the regenerations of The Doctor, across the 54 years of Doctor Who.

13. The Sixth Doctor (Time and the Raini)colinbaker

  • Episode: Time and the Raini
  • Outgoing Doctor: Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy)
  • Incoming Doctor: Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor
  • Last Line: “Ohh… carrot juice? Carrot juice, carrot juice, carrot juice!”
  • First Line: “Oh no, Mel.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Mel Bush
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: TARDIS Crash
  • Written By: Pip and Jane Baker

12. The Fifth Doctor (The Caves of Androzani)peterdavison-5thdoctor

  • Episode: The Caves of Androzani
  • Outgoing Doctor: Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor
  • Last Line: “I might regenerate. I don’t know. Feels different this time…Adric?”
  • First Line: “You were expecting someone else?”
  • Companion(s) Present: Peri Brown
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Poisoned
  • Written By: Robert Holmes

11. The Fourth Doctor (Logopolis)tom-baker-doctor-who-blow-up-bbc

  • Episode: Logopolis
  • Outgoing Doctor: Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor
  • Last Line: “It’s the end. But the moment has been prepared for.”
  • First Line: “Ah. You’ve come to help me find the Zero Room. Welcome aboard. I’m the Doctor. Or will be if this regeneration works out.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Adric, Nyssa, & Tegan
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Fall Damage
  • Written By: Christopher H. Bidmead

10. The Third Doctor (Planet of Spiders)sean_pertwee_and_katy_manning_celebrate_doctor_who_star_jon_pertwee_on_his_birthday

  • Episode: Planet of Spiders
  • Outgoing Doctor: Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor
  • Last Line: “A tear, Sarah Jane? No, don’t cry. While there’s life there’s…”
  • First Line: “I tell you, Brigadier, there’s nothing to worry about. The brontosaurus is large and placid… And stupid! If the square on the hypotenuse equals the sum of the square on the other two sides, why is a mouse when it spins? Never did know the answer to that one.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Sarah Jane Smith & The Brigadier
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Exposure to toxic radiation
  • Written By: Robert Sloman

9. The First Doctor (The Tenth Planet)doctor-who

  • Episode: The Tenth Planet (and Twice Upon a Time)
  • Outgoing Doctor: William Hartnell’s First Doctor (Also Played By David Bradley)
  • Incoming Doctor: Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor
  • Last Line: “Ah, yes! Thank you. It’s good. Keep warm.” (The Tenth Planet), “Well then, here we go — the long way round.” (Twice Upon a Time)
  • First Line: “Slower! Slower! Concentrate on one thing. One thing!”
  • Companion(s) Present: None
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Old Age, Natural Causes
  • Written By: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis

8. The War Doctor (The Day of The Doctor)wardoctor

  • Episode: The Day of The Doctor
  • Outgoing Doctor: John Hurt’s War Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor
  • Last Line: “Yes… Of course, I suppose it makes sense. Wearing a bit thin. I hope the ears are a bit less conspicuous this time.”
  • First Line: (Said six seasons prior) “Run.”
  • Companion(s) Present: None (Scene prior: Tenth & Eleventh Doctor & Clara)
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Old Age, Natural Causes
  • Written By: Steven Moffat

7. The Seventh Doctor (Doctor Who)sylvester-mccoy-doctor-who

  • Episode: Doctor Who (TV Movie)
  • Outgoing Doctor: Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor
  • Last Line: “Timing malfunction. The Master, he’s out there! He’s out there…I know… I’ve got to stop…him…”
  • First Line: “Who am I?”
  • Companion(s) Present: None
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Shot by gangsters
  • Written By: Matthew Jacobs

6. The Eighth Doctor (The Night of The Doctor)mcgann1

  • Episode: The Night of The Doctor
  • Outgoing Doctor: Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: John Hurt’s War Doctor
  • Last Line: “Physician, heal thyself.”
  • First Line: “Doctor no more.”
  • Companion(s) Present: None
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Spacecraft Crash
  • Written By: Steven Moffat

5. The Second Doctor (The War Games)patricktroughton1

  • Episode: The War Games
  • Outgoing Doctor: Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor
  • Last Line: “No, stop! You’re making me giddy! No!”
  • First Line: (not said until next season) “Shoes, must find my shoes. Unhand me, madam!”
  • Companion(s) Present: None. The Council of Time Lords are present.
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Forcibly Regenerated by Time Lords
  • Written By: Terrence Dicks and Malcolm Hulke

4. The Twelfth Doctor (Twice Upon a Time)peter_capaldi_confirms_he_s_leaving_doctor_who_at_the_end_of_series_10

  • Episode: Twice Upon a Time
  • Outgoing Doctor: Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor
  • Last Line: “Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind. Doctor…I let you go.”
  • First Line: “Oh, brilliant!”
  • Companion(s) Present: At the time of regeneration, none. In the scene prior, Clara Oswald, Bill Potts, & Nardole.
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Damage from an explosion from a battle with Cybermen.
  • Written By: Steven Moffat

3. The Ninth Doctor (The Parting of the Ways)christopher_eccleston_1

  • Episode: The Parting of the Ways
  • Outgoing Doctor: Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor
  • Last Line:  “Rose… before I go, I just wanna tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!”
  • First Line: “Hello! Okay…New teeth. That’s weird. So, where was I? Oh, that’s right. Barcelona!”
  • Companion(s) Present: Rose Tyler
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Absorbed Time Vortex energy
  • Written By: Russell T. Davies

2. The Tenth Doctor (The End of Time: Part Two)DOCTOR WHO

  • Episode: The End of Time: Part Two
  • Outgoing Doctor: David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor
  • Last Line: “I don’t want to go.”
  • First Line: “Legs! I’ve still got legs!”
  • Companion(s) Present: At the time, none. In the scene prior, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, Mickey Smith, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, and Wilfred Mott.
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Exposure to toxic radiation
  • Written By: Russell T. Davies

1. The Eleventh Doctor (The Time of The Doctor)hpm7gqe

  • Episode: The Time of The Doctor
  • Outgoing Doctor: Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor
  • Last Line: “I’ll always remember when The Doctor was me.”
  • First Line: “Kidneys! I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the color.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Clara Oswald, Amy Pond
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Old Age, Natural Causes
  • Written By: Steven Moffat
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