Thinking about regeneration reminded me of this DWM review for Time And The Rani, imagining if it had been as confident and ambitious as The Eleventh Hour (or Matt Smith had been shoved onto the stage in as big a mess). So I wondered what it might look like...
The resulting ideas being different enough to make an adventure hook is an added bonus.
“It begins with a classic pre-titles sequence: The TARDIS in flames and a new man emerging, roaring, from the wreckage. That’s how you do it.”
The TARDIS crashes down, all but destroyed after an attack inside the Vortex - which shouldn’t even be possible.
The Seventh Doctor emerges (in just the shirt, trousers and unbuttoned waistcoat of the Sixth Doctor, the coat being too big for him) followed by a companion we don’t recognise - who is secretly the Rani in disguise. They find themselves at the 1927 Solvay Conference of scientists attended by (among others) Einstein, Curie, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Planck and Bohr. A key moment in humanity’s scientific development, and the perfect target for a mind thief looking for a new way to control time.
Highlights include the Doctor acquiring his new jacket from Einstein, coming back immediately after leaving because he found the equation for Special Relativity on a note in the pocket and guessed he might need it.
And (this borrowed from a convention adventure) the bit with the bat creatures flying after a moving train and trying to claw their way in is amazing.