The Female General
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The General quickly recovered after regenerating, returning to the form of a woman, in this case a black woman with a shaven head. She observed that she was “back to normal” and rhetorically asked how men continually dealt with “all that ego”. With assistance from Ohila, the General continued to pursue The Doctor into the Cloisters. She exchanged words with Clara and seemed to respect the human’s opinion. Unfortunately for the General, Clara had been buying enough time for The Doctor to escape and steal another TARDIS, and the pair fled from Gallifrey. (Hell Bent)
As a woman, the General showed distaste for the egos of men and was at least partly relieved to be a woman again. While trying to stop The Doctor, she allowed Clara to say some final words to him before she was sent back to die, showing some compassion and listened stoically as Clara called the Time Lords monsters. However, she was shocked by The Doctor‘s escape with Clara‘s help and somewhat panicked by it. (Hell Bent)
BEHIND THE SCENES
The General‘s eleventh regeneration in Hell Bent marked the first time a gender swapped regeneration was shown on television. Michelle Gomez’s Missy was the first gender swapped Time Lord depicted on television, but her actual regeneration occurred off-screen.