The newly-regenerated Doctor explains to a disbelieving Rose that he has regenerated.
Rose:I've seen all sorts of things. Nano genes...Gelth...Slitheen.
Rose is referring to previous adventures, mentioning nanogenes The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, the Gelth The Unquiet Dead and the Slitheen Aliens of London/World War Three and Boom Town.
The newly regenerated Doctor convinces Rose of his identity by reminding her of a private conversation between them when they first met.
He uses the same technique in The Christmas Invasion to convince Harriet Jones.
The Doctors regeneration and subsequent erratic behaviour mirrors that of his sixth incarnation's first appearance in The Twin Dilemma, in which Colin Baker's Doctor found himself unable to stop himself from similar behaviour. A similar display of behavior can be seen in the Doctor's fourth life.
As the TARDIS starts to crash land a deep resonant chime can be heard in the background. This is the Cloister bell, first heard in the 4th Doctor's final story Logopolis and is "reserved for wild catastrophes and sudden calls to man the battle stations" according to the Doctor.
The Doctor: To late, out of control! Oh I love it, Hot Dawg!
(In the TARDIS, Rose doubts that the newcomer before her is The Doctor)
The Doctor: Then how can I remember this? The very first word I ever said to you. Trapped in that cellar. Surrounded by shop window dummies. Oh, such a long time ago. I took your hand. I said one word. Just one word. I said...run.
The Doctor: Hello!
Rose: Who are you?
The Doctor: I'm the Doctor!
The Doctor: Now then, how do I look? No, no, no, no, no! Don't tell me... lessee, two arms, two legs - slight weakness in the dorsal tubicle. HAIR! I'm not bald... oh, big hair! Sideburns... I've got SIDEBURNS! Or really bad skin. Little bit thinner - thats weird... give me time I'll get used to it. I have got... a mole, right between my shoulder blades, there's a mole! S'alright... love the mole. So tell me, whaddya ya think?
Rose: Can you change back?
The Doctor: Do you want me to?
The Doctor: Oh.
Rose: Can you?
The Doctor: No.
The mini-episode was included on the Series 2 DVD box set. The version of the special on the Region 2 DVD is slightly different: the opening montage to recap The Parting Of the Ways has been changed, the cloister bell sound has been removed, and the incidental music throughout being re-done (including a rare use of part of the main theme as incidental, when the TARDIS changes course to Earth). This was later revealed to have been a 'rough-cut' version that was used by mistake and should never have been released, and the later Region 1 release features the broadcast version.
According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (BARB), the ratings suggest that 10.7 million viewers were tuned into BBC One from 9.00 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. (a 45.1% audience share), the slot in which the mini-episode was broadcast in most regions. This represented the highest ratings Children in Need had received in eight years.
This seven minute long special episode was broadcast as part of the 2005 Children in Need programme. It was briefly available to view on the BBC's Children in Need website after the initial broadcast.
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