Are we missing the biggest part of the 50th anniversary celebration? We can celebrate the beginning of the series or the first Dalek story but we can pinpoint the longevity of the series on a concept called regeneration. If Hartnell was replaced at the end of The Celestial Toymaker, it presumably would be the same character but played by someone else. It possibly could have just been a clone. Regeneration is a reason and story builder. Now there is a conceivable reason why we have a new actor playing this role. It also gives a wonderful reason why this is not a re-hash of the same character but a new one. It is the single most important element to the series and without it, we would not be celebrating it now.
“I think that if I live to be 90, a little of the magic of Doctor Who will still cling to me.”
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