“This time it feels different,” whispered Peter Davison’s fifth Doctor, 30 years ago today, as he prepared to regenerate. And it was.
Not only would that boyish charm be replaced by a distinct touch of arrogance (and the cricket whites by the technicolor nightmare coat), but for the first time we got a glimpse inside the Doctor’s mind as former friends and companions urged him to keep living, while arch enemy The Master demanded “You must die, Doctor! You must die!”
As if the Doctor needed any further motivation than that…