by Ken Parker
Doctorwhotv has Moffat stating that the War Doctor (John Hurt's surprise regeneration revealed in "The Day of the Doctor") and the Meta-Crisis regeneration ("Journey's End" hand regeneration thingy) bring the Doctors regenerations to 12 after the 11th Doctor was created. This means that the Christmas Special will see some kind of resolution to this dilemma. To top it off, Peter Capaldi is still the 12th Doctor.
First off, what is the Meta Crisis and who came up with that term? I must of missed the memo on that one.
Just to set the record straight (and in my understanding of this all), the 8th Doctor regenerated into John Hurt but took on the responsibility of fighting the Time War. This act made him unworthy of the name Doctor and so he does not consider himself the Doctor even though he did, in the end, do some very Doctorish things to save Gallifrey. From that point on the Doctor pretends that War Doctor does not exist. It is similar when fans don't like a certain episode or novel and elect to ignore it within canon. It doesn't mean it didn't exist but in their eyes, they would just love to forget all about it. So the 11th Doctor is the 11th Doctor but he had used up a regeneration with the War Doctor and oh, yea, his hand created the human boy toy 10th Doctor for Rose and many fans' happy ending in "Journey's End".
Oh, yea, I had a bad year in 1986 so I am not counting that so I am one year younger, YEA!!!
Still, the end result is an even more intense and epic story for the Doctor as the stakes are even higher than before. Yet again....