In junior high, and some of the years one either side, I spent many a Sunday night watching PBS, Channel 11. What in God's name was a 10-15 year old kid doing watching PBS? Well, at that time, PBS was running a fair amount of BBC programming on Sunday nights: Monty Python, Benny Hill, No Honestly and Dr. Who. Though the special effects were terrible, the actor playing Dr. Who, Tom Baker, did a masterful job in the role in the late 70's. As a huge fan, I was very excited to see the series regain traction in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston playing the Dr. and then under the current Dr., David Tennant (since 2006).
Thank goodness for Tivo as I've been able to avoid missing a single episode over the last several years. So it was with great dismay that I heard the good Dr. was dying!! Ugh. It seemed implausible and nonsensical that they would end this character who has been around since 1963! But twice they stopped the shows, 1990-95 and 1997-2004, so it was certainly possible.
So I watched the last two episodes with great earnest and sure enough, Dr. Who died. BUT, like the 9 doctors before him, he regenerated into a new, slightly younger doctor played by a different actor. Somehow I misheard or was misled into believing that the Dr. was dying when really it was just David Tennant leaving the show. He's been a good Dr. and he'll be missed, but at least the character is still around. Yay!!!