I thought it might be a nice idea for everyone to talk about their reactions to Tom leaving the show and his final episode and re-generation.
Here is mine.
I was 10 years old at the time of the last episode of Logopolis and when Tom regenerated into Peter Davison it was a total and complete shock for me.
As a ten year old I had only grown up with Tom in the role of the Doctor and wasn't really aware of the whole re-generation process so never knew about the previous actors that played the Doctor.
Also, as a ten year old I wasn't remotely interested in reading the newspapers or watching news bulletins so consequently didn't see all the interviews Tom did announcing his departure from the show.
So there I sat, ardently watching the final scene with Tom dangling from the radio telescope gangtry blissfully unaware of what was about to happen.
And then he fell to the ground, merged with that wierd watcher fellow and suddenly sat up looking like Triston Farnon from All Creatures Great and Small.
I was puzzled, and then I thought 'ah well, this won't last, something will happen and he'll change back into the doctor again'
Of course I had to wait a whole year to find out the horrible truth that Tom really wasn't going to play the Doctor again and I was gutted.
From that day of the first episode of Castrovalva I decided never to watch the show again . . . and I didn't, well at least not until the DVD's came out many years later and I gained a whole new appreciation for Peter Davison and all the following doctors. (but that's another story)
Nothing quite like the magic of Tom though, he was the best
I'm sure it's been said by so many people so many times before but that's just a testament to it's truth so I'll say it again 'Thanks Tom for being such a magical part of my childhood'