Title: The Time Lord's Handbook of Regeneration
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3799
Author's Summary: The Doctor really does never have simple, easy regenerations. There's a good reason for that.
Characters/Pairings: Doctors 1 through 11
Recc'ed Because: The Doctor's regenerations over the years are the change points that help define both his continuity and his differences. I must admit when I was confronted with the vast history of Classic Who after being introduced through New Who, my first instinct was not to watch in order but to start with all of the endings. And as such, with all of the beginnings as well. This is a series of vignettes that take us through each experience, at the best what may be considered an appendix of cautionary tales for the titular pamphlet. One constant amid the change: the Doctor never does anything by the book.
Regeneration, in general is fairly straightforward affair. Years of guided evolution have adapted Time Lord physiology to make the process generally trouble free. However in rare cases there can be undesirable side effects including:
-Temporary (in in rare cases more sustained) confusion and clumsiness
-Mood swings and emotional disturbances
-Partial or intermittent memory loss
-Lethargy or abnormally prolonged periods of unconsciousness
-Excess regenerative energy causing disruption to bodily process
These effects can be minimised or in most cases avoided all together by following, wherever possible the simple guidance contained in this pamphlet.