The Doctor Who Regeneration Review is a weekly column cataloging all the times Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor nearly regenerates, or dies, in the latest episode of BBC America’s popular science fiction show. Since this is the
Scottish “cross” character’s final season — a fact the showrunners have enjoyed teasing in the promos — we decided to tease back. Most items are serious, some silly, and all measured with the Doctor’s 💕.
In “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit,” one of many two-part stories in Doctor Who‘s second season, the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) found themselves marooned on a space station orbiting a black hole. The improbable situation involved the momentary loss of the TARDIS, demonically possessed workers and spacesuit escapes in an increasingly claustrophobic nightmare. Over 10 year later, the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) stumble upon a similar set of circumstances in “Oxygen” — albeit one with far more frightening consequences for all parties involved.