Over on the mainpage Morning Spoilers has a little quote from Steven Moffat about the forthcoming regeneration of the current occupant of the TARDIS. It is kind of timely, if not wimey, because on this day in 1974 some of us were watching a previous Time Lord bite the dust.
This is what we were promised in the Radio Times:
A six-part story by Robert Sloman
starring Jon Pertwee
Will Tommy’s innocence protect him from the power of the spiders? Will the spiders succeed in their plan to take over Earth? Will the Doctor risk destruction by returning to the Cave of the Great One?
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Writer: Robert Sloman
Incidental music by: Dudley Simpson
Script Editor: Terrance Dicks
Designer: Rochelle Selwyn
Director: Barry Letts
K’anpo: George Cormack
Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth Sladen
Dr Who: Jon Pertwee
Tommy: John Kane
Barnes: Christopher Burgess
MOSS: Terence Lodge
Keaver: Andrew Staines
Land: Carl Forgione
Queen Spider: Kismet Delgado
Cho-je: Kevin Lindsay
Mike Yates: Richard Franklin
Lupton: John Dearth
Lupton’s spider: Ysanne Churchman
Arak: Gareth Hunt
Tuar: Ralph Arliss
The Great One: Maureen Morris
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart: Nicholas Courtney
Having been ravaged by Metabelis radiation, The Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee, collapsed on the floor of UNIT HQ and, well, died. Luckily Cho-je teleported in to give the regeneration process a little push and the dead Doc became Tom Baker. Did we already know him as the evil magician in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad? Perhaps?
Things would never be the same ...
There is a twist in the tale if you pick up Lawrence Miles two-book novel Interference. Technically they are Eighth Doctor novels but towards the end something happens that changes the fate of our favourite Gallyfreyian. You can read a different regeneration for the Third Doctor.