doctor who - Can Time Lords Regenerate Into Children?

I've seen many questions addressing when Time Lords can regenerate, and a few on what they regenerate into, but all address adults.

There is no question that Time Lords have children - we see both River and the Master as a child, and there were 2.47 billion others on Gallifrey at the time of its 'destruction'. But are all those children actual children? Could some be on their 6th regeneration? Or even 8th or 9th? Can Time Lords Regenerate into the appearance of children?

2 Answers

  1. Jim- Reply



    From Series 6 episode 8, "Let's Kill Hitler" (emphasis mine):

    (Melody begins to regenerate.)
    RORY: What the hell's going on?
    DOCTOR: Back! Back! Back! Get back!
    MELODY: Last time I did this, I ended up a toddler in the middle of New York.

    But this is presumably the regeneration we see at the end of "Day of the Moon" (Series 6 episode 2), when she was a child before regenerating as well. Regenerating from a child to a child makes sense, but what about regenerating from an adult into a child?

    Well, in Series 3 Episode 11, "Utopia", we also have this (emphasis mine):

    MARTHA: Where did you get [the watch]?
    YANA: Hmm? I was found with it.
    MARTHA: What do you mean?
    YANA: An orphan in the storm. I was a naked child found on the coast of the Silver Devastation. Abandoned, with only this.

    So it seems like the Master must have regenerated from an adult's body into a child's at some point, before using the watch to forget his Time Lord heritage and then ageing naturally in a human body, just like the Doctor would have done in "The Family of Blood" if he'd stayed with Joan.

  2. Jimmy- Reply


    From what I've been able to find; Yes, a Time Lord can regenerate into a child-like form.

    The best example I've been able to find thus far is The Master regenerating into Professor Yana.

    Yana was found as a naked child on the coast of the Silver Devastation with only an "heirloom" fob watch.

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