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* The 2018 revival of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' was retooled into ''Series/TheConners'' after one season, with Roseanne herself being McLeaned after Creator/RoseanneBarr made controversial remarks on social media.

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* The 2018 revival of Upon learning that ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' would only have one more season, the crew decided to have the Conner family win the lottery. Roseanne and Jackie hobnob with the rich, with some outright {{Bizarro Episode}}s where Roseanne fights terrorists or imagines herself in popular movies. The final episode then revealed that [[AllJustADream most or all of the series]] is a book that Roseanne had written, [[LifeEmbellished loosely]] based on her life. The 2018 made all this CanonDiscontinuity, returning the show to its themes of snarking in the face of working-class struggles.
** Somewhere between this and SpinOff, the revival itself
was retooled into ''Series/TheConners'' after one season, with Roseanne herself being McLeaned after as Creator/RoseanneBarr made controversial remarks on social media.media and got McLeaned.

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* The first season of ''Series/{{Titans}}'' had four leads, was set in Detroit and was DarkerAndEdgier to the point that many were decrying it as [[{{Narm}} unintentionally silly]]. It also received criticism for the "team" spending little time together and not really feeling like a superhero show, with Dick even burning his Robin costume. The second season expanded the team to include several {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, moved them to San Francisco and has gone for a more balanced tone, even {{Ret Con}}ning some elements like why Starfire is on Earth.


* When the game show ''Series/Winsanity'' debuted, it focused on one contestant plucked from the audience. The game was held in four rounds; in each, the contestant had to correctly order numerical items in a list; failing at any point meant they were replaced by a new contestant, who picked up the game from there. Season 2 changed it to a more conventional head to head competiton, where two contestants played three rounds of list ordering for the right to play a bonus round. Season 2 also introduced a new set and logo, went from offering a variety of prizes to just money, and went from having an announcer (Kira Soltanovich) to none at all.

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* When the game show ''Series/Winsanity'' ''Series/{{Winsanity}}'' debuted, it focused on one contestant plucked from the audience. The game was held in four rounds; in each, the contestant had to correctly order numerical items in a list; failing at any point meant they were replaced by a new contestant, who picked up the game from there. Season 2 changed it to a more conventional head to head competiton, where two contestants played three rounds of list ordering for the right to play a bonus round. Season 2 also introduced a new set and logo, went from offering a variety of prizes to just money, and went from having an announcer (Kira Soltanovich) to none at all.

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* When the game show ''Series/Winsanity'' debuted, it focused on one contestant plucked from the audience. The game was held in four rounds; in each, the contestant had to correctly order numerical items in a list; failing at any point meant they were replaced by a new contestant, who picked up the game from there. Season 2 changed it to a more conventional head to head competiton, where two contestants played three rounds of list ordering for the right to play a bonus round. Season 2 also introduced a new set and logo, went from offering a variety of prizes to just money, and went from having an announcer (Kira Soltanovich) to none at all.

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* The ABC run of ''Series/{{Password}}'' went through this during its final seven months. They turned it into ''Password All-Stars,'' an all-star edition with rule changes that made Monopoly look like tic-tac-toe, and they kept this format when they went back to using regular contestants and reverted the title back to ''Password''.

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* CBS's 1974 game show ''Series/NowYouSeeIt'' retooled its format in a sense halfway into its run, jettisoning the current champion watching from the wings while two teams played the front game. It went right into two challengers in the letter-by-letter round with the survivor playing the champ in the main game.

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* Four months into its run, CBS's ''Series/{{Tattletales}}'' retooled its format from "match the other's story using clues" to "predict the other's answer" (which was part of the original format anyway).


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''Series/DoctorWho'' thrives on this. In chronological order:
* The show was originally pitched as an educational show, and soon retooled to the scifi story it is today. Originally it was supposed to alternate between historical stories set in the past, and scientific ones set in space (which is why the first two companions were a history teacher and a science teacher). This happens as early as the second serial, which features the Daleks (justified as educational by Verity Lambert because of the anti-war moral), and there's some rather half-hearted forced educational moments in later Season 1 serials (such as a scene where Ian and Barbara pause to discuss Roman means of building arches while on the alien planet Marinus), but by Season 2 even that was abandoned in favour of serving up fun adventure stories.
* The personality of the First Doctor got this a couple of times due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. He was originally intended to be a [[TheTrickster Trickster]], the TokenEvilTeammate and constantly getting his friends into trouble, with either Ian or Barbara being TheHero depending on the story. However, it was decided that his character was too unlikeable for children, and the BottleEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]] was written quickly to serve as his HeelRealization, after which he became a much more helpful and warm character and quite often TheHero. His final ReTool was hinted at in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]] but hit full-force in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror "The Reign of Terror"]], and was for him to become a more comical character whose meddling would often get him into weird trouble [[HilarityEnsues with hilarious consequences]]. All of these alterations were carried over to every other Doctor.
* Every single time the Doctor regenerates into a new actor, it comes with changes of the Doctor's personality and show feel. This is almost certainly the only reason ''Doctor Who'' could become the LongRunner that it did. The first regeneration (Hartnell into Troughton) was a relatively small change, but Troughton into Pertwee completely transformed the show's genre, and Pertwee into Tom Baker completely transformed it in a different direction, and again... A basic list, relying on generalisations:
** Hartnell: A grumpy but good-hearted Doctor in an EdutainmentShow dealing mostly with historical adventure stories and fairly thoughtful sci-fi.
** Troughton: A comical, silly and straightforwardly heroic Doctor. Show dropped the historical adventures and began focusing exclusively on aliens. The stereotypical Troughton story is a "base under siege" where a small community of scientists are trying to do something important while some sort of [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber suit monster]] and/or foam is taking over. Six-part adventures become more common than the four-parters that were the main format of the Hartnell era, but the serial length is still very irregular.
** Pertwee: A serious, charming aesthete ActionHero Doctor in a TuxedoAndMartini-MonsterOfTheWeek genre mashup show (after all three regulars including the current Doctor decided to leave at the same time). The Doctor has a whole new backstory and has been exiled to Earth. The show takes on a much stronger MonsterOfTheWeek format due to said exile Hartnell and Troughton would often have general adventure stories with no clear monster figure and themes of exploration or dealing with the culture of a PlanetOfHats, but Pertwee got to fight a new ridiculous [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever Killer Whatever]] alien (and/or, later, his EvilCounterpart) every month without fail. Companion role goes from being a small group of mixed-sex travelling companions to a primary young, female partner (Liz, Jo, Sarah Jane) and a larger pool of UNIT coworkers who can be drawn in and out of stories as needed. Serial length standardises as six-parters with a four-parter OnceASeason. And everything's suddenly in colour! The most extreme retool to date, it was so successful that the format hung around for most of Tom Baker's tenure.
** Tom Baker: A slightly [[ByronicHero byronic]] ManChild Doctor with [[ComicalOverreacting funny mannerisms]]. Show drops the secret agent elements but keeps the MonsterOfTheWeek formula, very rarely dealing with recurring enemies (only two Dalek stories in the whole seven-year tenure). Show also begins taking heavy influences from Film/HammerHorror films, giving it a gothic tone and {{Genre Shift}}ing the show into "horror" rather than sci-fi, though this is dropped in favour of comedy and pure sci-fi later after a MoralGuardian crackdown. The final season shows a sudden increase in production values, the theme music and visuals are changed, the Doctor starts wearing a more costume-y outfit in order to provide more visual identity and the writing gets dark again, though staying out of horror for the most part. Companion role is streamlined, dropping the coworkers for simplicity and not bothering with male companions for CastSpeciation reasons, focusing on a single young, attractive female character.
*** The Fourth Doctor's personality went (inorganically) through three different archetypes depending on who was producing his run, as each writer envisioned a different tone for the show. His first personality, during his GothicHorror-influenced era, was a CreepyCute NightmareFetishist ManChild who occasionally struggled with big moral decisions but was also very unpredictable, possessing BlueAndOrangeMorality. His second personality, during his LighterAndSofter-cum-DenserAndWackier era, was PlayedForLaughs much more of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and also much more of a NiceGuy (dipping into FunPersonified at times), although also more of an AttentionWhore and more awkward to deal with. His third personality, when the show decided to get DarkerAndEdgier again, made him philosophical, [[ByronicHero Byronic]], dignified and quite morbid, developing some {{Chessmaster}} qualities and dispensing with a lot of the childlike aspects of his character. Broadly, his taste in hat colour indicates which personality he's going through at the time a brown hat for [[CharacterizationTags goth!]]Four, a green hat for funny!Four and a red hat for old!Four.
** Davison: A subtle and human Doctor to contract with the previous LargeHam Doctor, whose sonic screwdriver is destroyed as a symbolic attack on some of the lazier Tom Baker writing. Show adds SoapOpera elements like a large rotating cast of companions and a bigger focus on the Doctor as a vulnerable and emotional figure (where Tom Baker had verged on InvincibleHero) and even going into soap-like scheduling for an ill-advised period. Horror is back on the table and {{Wham Episode}}s and ContinuityPorn are the name of the game (including a whole season of recurring monsters in the run-up to the anniversary special), and a companion gets killed off for the first time since William Hartnell.
** Colin Baker: An attempted CharacterCheck, much DarkerAndEdgier Doctor; arrogant, violent and verbose. Stories attempt {{Deconstruction}}s of standard Doctor stories and begin to incorporate some engagement with the implications of time travel itself (which is usually just used as a device to get the Doctor into wherever the adventure will happen), like FutureMeScaresMe and TimeyWimeyBall. More stylised, crazy sets and costumes occur. The format changes to 45-minute episodes after it gets UnCancelled.
** [=McCoy=]: A particularly impossibly wise Doctor who is sociopathic and manipulative, who also happens to be a cheery, funny vaudevillian. After some EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, starts focusing strongly on the companion's home life and personality, as well as continuing the trend of deconstructing the Doctor's relationship with the companion. The story moves in a more arc-based direction, but the show is cancelled here.
** [=McGann=]: A rather naïve and enthusiastic Doctor, aimed at being an AdaptationDistillation of traits from the popular Fourth Doctor. Show begins taking heavy influence from ''Series/TheXFiles'', and is the first to introduce explicit romance between the Doctor and his companion (although Tom Baker and Pertwee had both dabbled in ShipTease). Focus remains on the human companion rather than on the Doctor. (The ExpandedUniverse version of him changes a great deal from this, though.)
** Richard E Grant: Gallifrey has been destroyed and the Doctor has a whole new truckload of {{Angst}} to be a StepfordSmiler about, and the Master gets to become [[HoYay the Doctor's boyfriend]] with a HeelFaceTurn. Pertwee-era-{{Pastiche}} story, and the companion's personal life continues to be important, but the Doctor contains most of the focus. {{Mythology Gag}}s run thick. Also, it's WebAnimation. {{Retcon}}ned out when a new live action series got a go-ahead.
** Eccleston: Gallifrey has been destroyed in the Time War and the Doctor has a whole new truckload of {{Angst}} to feel about it. The focus remains on the human companion, and a whole lot of SoapOpera elements are explicitly added to genre mashup levels. Since production values are notably better the monsters tend to be quite self-consciously {{camp}}y, and the science fiction elements are intentionally very soft. The Doctor is also portrayed as almost always knowing the monsters he's up against, a new development. However, the mythology of the series is deliberately shied away from in order to bring in new fans. Also, we focus on time travel rather than space travel; when we leave Earth it's for an Earth space station in the future or the planet humans migrated to and still call Earth in the further future. That part continues into the Tennant era, changing only with series four. There's a theme of humanity's journey that runs through Nine and Ten's years.
** Tennant: Much more romantic and gentle than Eccleston's Doctor, but also much more brutal and ruthless. Feel of the show remains much the same as with Eccleston due to his extremely short tenure, but takes the focus back onto the Doctor rather than on the companions, and deals with constant themes of morality, loneliness and [[ShootTheDog Shooting The Dog]]. First Doctor whose seasons turn out to constitute a MythArc in the end.
** Smith: Very similar to Tennant's Doctor, but more childish and less moody. With no prior cast members involved and a new showrunner, the mood changes to a "cosmic fairy tale" theme with a much stronger focus on {{Time Paradox}}es than ever before, and incorporating strong elements of SexComedy. Horror episodes are significantly more common during this period, and MythologyGags to the Classic series, purposefully avoided before, become thick on the ground. We also see more alien worlds they're still HumanAliens, of course.
** Capaldi: Another CharacterCheck Doctor: A bonkers PragmaticHero marked by his CharacterDevelopment from GrumpyOldMan and DeadpanSnarker questioning his morality (Series 8) to CoolOldGuy in a partnership of equals with a long-tenured companion (Series 9) to professor/grandfather figure to a new one (Series 10). ''Most'' of the romantic hero elements are gone. Series 8 has him take more of a backseat to his companion than he'd done previously in the new series (she being retooled from her debut in Smith's final season), but he returns to the show's center afterward. Horror episodes and grisly content are common as the tone becomes melancholy and mature. The Doctor spends more time dealing with the fallout of his actions, [[WhatTheHellHero being chewed out by others]], and struggling with his needs for companionship and a MoralityChain [[WhoWantsToLiveForever when he will never have anyone forever]] than he used to. Human companions have lives outside of the TARDIS, and the first non-human companion of the revival is introduced. Pacing is notably slower, especially in Series 9, which is mostly multi-part stories. With this Doctor a throwback to those of the Classic Series (especially One, Three, Four, and Six), ContinuityPorn runs rampant. Like the Eccleston and Tennant eras, mostly confined to Earth and human outposts.
* The all-but-abandonment of "pure historicals" (episodes with no science fiction elements other than the Doctor and his TARDIS himself) and their replacement with much rarer "pseudohistoricals" (stories where the Doctor will travel back in time to fight an alien) was an early attempt at this, as historicals were proving much less popular with audiences than the PeopleInRubberSuits. The first story to contain pseudohistorical elements was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]] (which contained a short WackyWaysideTribe sequence involving Daleks on the ''Mary Celeste''), and the first true pseudohistorical was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler "The Time Meddler"]] the reveal that it was another time traveller causing the mayhem was a shocking twist to an audience expecting a CostumeDrama with HornyVikings, [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny but pretty much expected now]]. The last pure historical of this era was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E4TheHighlanders "The Highlanders"]], although the Peter Davison story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid "Black Orchid"]] also fits the strict definition of this story type.
* The [[LastOfHisKind wiping-out-from-all-of-existence of the Time Lords]] between the show's 1989 cancellation and its 2005 resurrection might also be considered a retool. Actually, the introduction of the Time Lords counts as a bit of retool in itself. Originally the Doctor simply came from a mysterious alien civilization, with no more details offered.
* The restoration of Gallifrey in the 2013 50th Anniversary Episode is also one of these. It almost immediately preceded the Eleventh Doctor's regeneration episode, and helped end a StoryArc that had been pushed as long as it could have been and now only served to hold the character back.
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''Series/DoctorWho'' thrives on this. In chronological order:
* The show was originally pitched as an educational show, and soon retooled to the scifi story it is today. Originally it was supposed to alternate between historical stories set in the past, and scientific ones set in space (which is why the first two companions were a history teacher and a science teacher). This happens as early as the second serial, which features the Daleks (justified as educational by Verity Lambert because of the anti-war moral), and there's some rather half-hearted forced educational moments in later Season 1 serials (such as a scene where Ian and Barbara pause to discuss Roman means of building arches while on the alien planet Marinus), but by Season 2 even that was abandoned in favour of serving up fun adventure stories.
* The personality of the First Doctor got this a couple of times due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. He was originally intended to be a [[TheTrickster Trickster]], the TokenEvilTeammate and constantly getting his friends into trouble, with either Ian or Barbara being TheHero depending on the story. However, it was decided that his character was too unlikeable for children, and the BottleEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]] was written quickly to serve as his HeelRealization, after which he became a much more helpful and warm character and quite often TheHero. His final ReTool was hinted at in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]] but hit full-force in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror "The Reign of Terror"]], and was for him to become a more comical character whose meddling would often get him into weird trouble [[HilarityEnsues with hilarious consequences]]. All of these alterations were carried over to every other Doctor.
* Every single time the Doctor regenerates into a new actor, it comes with changes of the Doctor's personality and show feel. This is almost certainly the only reason ''Doctor Who'' could become the LongRunner that it did. The first regeneration (Hartnell into Troughton) was a relatively small change, but Troughton into Pertwee completely transformed the show's genre, and Pertwee into Tom Baker completely transformed it in a different direction, and again... A basic list, relying on generalisations:
** Hartnell: A grumpy but good-hearted Doctor in an EdutainmentShow dealing mostly with historical adventure stories and fairly thoughtful sci-fi.
** Troughton: A comical, silly and straightforwardly heroic Doctor. Show dropped the historical adventures and began focusing exclusively on aliens. The stereotypical Troughton story is a "base under siege" where a small community of scientists are trying to do something important while some sort of [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber suit monster]] and/or foam is taking over. Six-part adventures become more common than the four-parters that were the main format of the Hartnell era, but the serial length is still very irregular.
** Pertwee: A serious, charming aesthete ActionHero Doctor in a TuxedoAndMartini-MonsterOfTheWeek genre mashup show (after all three regulars including the current Doctor decided to leave at the same time). The Doctor has a whole new backstory and has been exiled to Earth. The show takes on a much stronger MonsterOfTheWeek format due to said exile Hartnell and Troughton would often have general adventure stories with no clear monster figure and themes of exploration or dealing with the culture of a PlanetOfHats, but Pertwee got to fight a new ridiculous [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever Killer Whatever]] alien (and/or, later, his EvilCounterpart) every month without fail. Companion role goes from being a small group of mixed-sex travelling companions to a primary young, female partner (Liz, Jo, Sarah Jane) and a larger pool of UNIT coworkers who can be drawn in and out of stories as needed. Serial length standardises as six-parters with a four-parter OnceASeason. And everything's suddenly in colour! The most extreme retool to date, it was so successful that the format hung around for most of Tom Baker's tenure.
** Tom Baker: A slightly [[ByronicHero byronic]] ManChild Doctor with [[ComicalOverreacting funny mannerisms]]. Show drops the secret agent elements but keeps the MonsterOfTheWeek formula, very rarely dealing with recurring enemies (only two Dalek stories in the whole seven-year tenure). Show also begins taking heavy influences from Film/HammerHorror films, giving it a gothic tone and {{Genre Shift}}ing the show into "horror" rather than sci-fi, though this is dropped in favour of comedy and pure sci-fi later after a MoralGuardian crackdown. The final season shows a sudden increase in production values, the theme music and visuals are changed, the Doctor starts wearing a more costume-y outfit in order to provide more visual identity and the writing gets dark again, though staying out of horror for the most part. Companion role is streamlined, dropping the coworkers for simplicity and not bothering with male companions for CastSpeciation reasons, focusing on a single young, attractive female character.
*** The Fourth Doctor's personality went (inorganically) through three different archetypes depending on who was producing his run, as each writer envisioned a different tone for the show. His first personality, during his GothicHorror-influenced era, was a CreepyCute NightmareFetishist ManChild who occasionally struggled with big moral decisions but was also very unpredictable, possessing BlueAndOrangeMorality. His second personality, during his LighterAndSofter-cum-DenserAndWackier era, was PlayedForLaughs much more of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and also much more of a NiceGuy (dipping into FunPersonified at times), although also more of an AttentionWhore and more awkward to deal with. His third personality, when the show decided to get DarkerAndEdgier again, made him philosophical, [[ByronicHero Byronic]], dignified and quite morbid, developing some {{Chessmaster}} qualities and dispensing with a lot of the childlike aspects of his character. Broadly, his taste in hat colour indicates which personality he's going through at the time a brown hat for [[CharacterizationTags goth!]]Four, a green hat for funny!Four and a red hat for old!Four.
** Davison: A subtle and human Doctor to contract with the previous LargeHam Doctor, whose sonic screwdriver is destroyed as a symbolic attack on some of the lazier Tom Baker writing. Show adds SoapOpera elements like a large rotating cast of companions and a bigger focus on the Doctor as a vulnerable and emotional figure (where Tom Baker had verged on InvincibleHero) and even going into soap-like scheduling for an ill-advised period. Horror is back on the table and {{Wham Episode}}s and ContinuityPorn are the name of the game (including a whole season of recurring monsters in the run-up to the anniversary special), and a companion gets killed off for the first time since William Hartnell.
** Colin Baker: An attempted CharacterCheck, much DarkerAndEdgier Doctor; arrogant, violent and verbose. Stories attempt {{Deconstruction}}s of standard Doctor stories and begin to incorporate some engagement with the implications of time travel itself (which is usually just used as a device to get the Doctor into wherever the adventure will happen), like FutureMeScaresMe and TimeyWimeyBall. More stylised, crazy sets and costumes occur. The format changes to 45-minute episodes after it gets UnCancelled.
** [=McCoy=]: A particularly impossibly wise Doctor who is sociopathic and manipulative, who also happens to be a cheery, funny vaudevillian. After some EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, starts focusing strongly on the companion's home life and personality, as well as continuing the trend of deconstructing the Doctor's relationship with the companion. The story moves in a more arc-based direction, but the show is cancelled here.
** [=McGann=]: A rather naïve and enthusiastic Doctor, aimed at being an AdaptationDistillation of traits from the popular Fourth Doctor. Show begins taking heavy influence from ''Series/TheXFiles'', and is the first to introduce explicit romance between the Doctor and his companion (although Tom Baker and Pertwee had both dabbled in ShipTease). Focus remains on the human companion rather than on the Doctor. (The ExpandedUniverse version of him changes a great deal from this, though.)
** Richard E Grant: Gallifrey has been destroyed and the Doctor has a whole new truckload of {{Angst}} to be a StepfordSmiler about, and the Master gets to become [[HoYay the Doctor's boyfriend]] with a HeelFaceTurn. Pertwee-era-{{Pastiche}} story, and the companion's personal life continues to be important, but the Doctor contains most of the focus. {{Mythology Gag}}s run thick. Also, it's WebAnimation. {{Retcon}}ned out when a new live action series got a go-ahead.
** Eccleston: Gallifrey has been destroyed in the Time War and the Doctor has a whole new truckload of {{Angst}} to feel about it. The focus remains on the human companion, and a whole lot of SoapOpera elements are explicitly added to genre mashup levels. Since production values are notably better the monsters tend to be quite self-consciously {{camp}}y, and the science fiction elements are intentionally very soft. The Doctor is also portrayed as almost always knowing the monsters he's up against, a new development. However, the mythology of the series is deliberately shied away from in order to bring in new fans. Also, we focus on time travel rather than space travel; when we leave Earth it's for an Earth space station in the future or the planet humans migrated to and still call Earth in the further future. That part continues into the Tennant era, changing only with series four. There's a theme of humanity's journey that runs through Nine and Ten's years.
** Tennant: Much more romantic and gentle than Eccleston's Doctor, but also much more brutal and ruthless. Feel of the show remains much the same as with Eccleston due to his extremely short tenure, but takes the focus back onto the Doctor rather than on the companions, and deals with constant themes of morality, loneliness and [[ShootTheDog Shooting The Dog]]. First Doctor whose seasons turn out to constitute a MythArc in the end.
** Smith: Very similar to Tennant's Doctor, but more childish and less moody. With no prior cast members involved and a new showrunner, the mood changes to a "cosmic fairy tale" theme with a much stronger focus on {{Time Paradox}}es than ever before, and incorporating strong elements of SexComedy. Horror episodes are significantly more common during this period, and MythologyGags to the Classic series, purposefully avoided before, become thick on the ground. We also see more alien worlds they're still HumanAliens, of course.
** Capaldi: Another CharacterCheck Doctor: A bonkers PragmaticHero marked by his CharacterDevelopment from GrumpyOldMan and DeadpanSnarker questioning his morality (Series 8) to CoolOldGuy in a partnership of equals with a long-tenured companion (Series 9) to professor/grandfather figure to a new one (Series 10). ''Most'' of the romantic hero elements are gone. Series 8 has him take more of a backseat to his companion than he'd done previously in the new series (she being retooled from her debut in Smith's final season), but he returns to the show's center afterward. Horror episodes and grisly content are common as the tone becomes melancholy and mature. The Doctor spends more time dealing with the fallout of his actions, [[WhatTheHellHero being chewed out by others]], and struggling with his needs for companionship and a MoralityChain [[WhoWantsToLiveForever when he will never have anyone forever]] than he used to. Human companions have lives outside of the TARDIS, and the first non-human companion of the revival is introduced. Pacing is notably slower, especially in Series 9, which is mostly multi-part stories. With this Doctor a throwback to those of the Classic Series (especially One, Three, Four, and Six), ContinuityPorn runs rampant. Like the Eccleston and Tennant eras, mostly confined to Earth and human outposts.
* The all-but-abandonment of "pure historicals" (episodes with no science fiction elements other than the Doctor and his TARDIS himself) and their replacement with much rarer "pseudohistoricals" (stories where the Doctor will travel back in time to fight an alien) was an early attempt at this, as historicals were proving much less popular with audiences than the PeopleInRubberSuits. The first story to contain pseudohistorical elements was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]] (which contained a short WackyWaysideTribe sequence involving Daleks on the ''Mary Celeste''), and the first true pseudohistorical was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler "The Time Meddler"]] the reveal that it was another time traveller causing the mayhem was a shocking twist to an audience expecting a CostumeDrama with HornyVikings, [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny but pretty much expected now]]. The last pure historical of this era was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E4TheHighlanders "The Highlanders"]], although the Peter Davison story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid "Black Orchid"]] also fits the strict definition of this story type.
* The [[LastOfHisKind wiping-out-from-all-of-existence of the Time Lords]] between the show's 1989 cancellation and its 2005 resurrection might also be considered a retool. Actually, the introduction of the Time Lords counts as a bit of retool in itself. Originally the Doctor simply came from a mysterious alien civilization, with no more details offered.
* The restoration of Gallifrey in the 2013 50th Anniversary Episode is also one of these. It almost immediately preceded the Eleventh Doctor's regeneration episode, and helped end a StoryArc that had been pushed as long as it could have been and now only served to hold the character back.
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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had a change after the third season due to [[McLeaned Shannen Doherty's departure from the show]] and Creator/RoseMcGowan was added to the cast as fourth sister Paige, and the dynamic changed with Piper now being the eldest, Phoebe being the middle child, and Paige acting as the youngest. The opening credits were also changed with Alyssa Milano receiving first billing and Creator/HollyMarieCombs getting the "and [insert name] as [character]". There was another retool for the final season which had the character of Darryl written out; new characters Billie, Christy, Coop, Dex, and Henry introduced; and the temporary departure of Leo mid season until the finale. Also Phoebe started wearing actual clothes.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' had a change after the third season due to [[McLeaned Shannen Doherty's departure from the show]] and Creator/RoseMcGowan was added to the cast as fourth sister Paige, and the dynamic changed with Piper now being the eldest, Phoebe being the middle child, and Paige acting as the youngest. The opening credits were also changed with Alyssa Milano receiving first billing and Creator/HollyMarieCombs getting the "and [insert name] as [character]". There was another retool for the final season which had the character of Darryl written out; new characters Billie, Christy, Coop, Dex, and Henry introduced; and the temporary departure of Leo mid season until the finale. Also Phoebe started wearing actual clothes.


* The personality of the First Doctor got this a couple of times due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. He was originally intended to be a TricksterArchetype, the TokenEvilTeammate and constantly getting his friends into trouble, with either Ian or Barbara being TheHero depending on the story. However, it was decided that his character was too unlikeable for children, and the BottleEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]] was written quickly to serve as his HeelRealization, after which he became a much more helpful and warm character and quite often TheHero. His final ReTool was hinted at in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]] but hit full-force in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror "The Reign of Terror"]], and was for him to become a more comical character whose meddling would often get him into weird trouble [[HilarityEnsues with hilarious consequences]]. All of these alterations were carried over to every other Doctor.

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* The personality of the First Doctor got this a couple of times due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. He was originally intended to be a TricksterArchetype, [[TheTrickster Trickster]], the TokenEvilTeammate and constantly getting his friends into trouble, with either Ian or Barbara being TheHero depending on the story. However, it was decided that his character was too unlikeable for children, and the BottleEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]] was written quickly to serve as his HeelRealization, after which he became a much more helpful and warm character and quite often TheHero. His final ReTool was hinted at in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]] but hit full-force in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror "The Reign of Terror"]], and was for him to become a more comical character whose meddling would often get him into weird trouble [[HilarityEnsues with hilarious consequences]]. All of these alterations were carried over to every other Doctor.

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* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The first ''All-Stars'' season introduced a team element that proved unpopular with viewers. When the show tried a second ''All-Stars'' four years later, it ditched teams in favor of a new twist: having the two queens who performed the best that week do a lip-sync battle to see who wins (as opposed to the normal seasons where the two weakest queens lip-sync to see who stays and who's eliminated), and the winning queen decides who to send home. This change proved popular enough that ''All-Stars'' has since been brought back annually alongside the regular show.


* ''Series/InTheHouse'' starred Music/LLCoolJ as retired football player Marion Hill. Marion, facing financial straits, rents out the extra three bedrooms of his Los Angeles mansion to newly-divorced mother Jackie and her two children: teenage Tiffany and preteen Austin. The show initially dealt with Marion adjusting to life after football, Jackie re-entering the workforce and dating scene, and the kids' hijinks. After two seasons and a ChannelHop, the series was retooled to focus on the 18-34 demographic: Jackie and Austin [[PutOnABus move away]] while Tiffany stays in LA with Marion to finish high school, and Marion buys a sports clinic where he's joined by Max and Tonia, who help him run it. From that point on, the series dealt primarily with the clinic and the adult trio's love lives, while poor Tiffany became TheArtifact.

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* ''Series/InTheHouse'' starred Music/LLCoolJ as retired football player Marion Hill. Marion, facing Facing financial straits, he rents out the extra three bedrooms of his Los Angeles mansion to newly-divorced mother Jackie and her two children: teenage Tiffany and preteen Austin. The show initially dealt with Marion adjusting to life after football, Jackie re-entering the workforce and dating scene, and the kids' hijinks. After two seasons and a ChannelHop, the series was retooled to focus on the 18-34 demographic: Jackie and Austin [[PutOnABus move away]] while Tiffany stays in LA with Marion to finish high school, attend college, and Marion buys a sports clinic where he's joined by Max and Tonia, who Tonia to help him run it. From that point on, the series dealt primarily with Eventually even Tiffany is written out to focus more on the clinic and the adult trio's love lives, while poor Tiffany became TheArtifact.lives.


* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' started as a relatively-lighthearted MonsterOfTheWeek series, with each episode involving some new paranormal mystery or cleaning up the mess from the latest Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse film. Then everything changed when SHIELD collapsed due to the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', and the season ended with a multi-episode story arc where Team Coulson dealt with the fallout, including a {{Mole}} within the team. This storyline garnered higher ratings than the entire rest of the season, and as a result, the show was retooled in the second season to be darker and more arc-driven.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' started as a relatively-lighthearted MonsterOfTheWeek series, with each episode involving some a new paranormal mystery or cleaning up the mess from the latest Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse film. mystery. Then everything changed when SHIELD collapsed due to following the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', and the season ended with a multi-episode story arc where Team Coulson dealt with the fallout, including a {{Mole}} within the team. This storyline garnered higher ratings than was considered by many to be the entire rest of the season, show's GrowingTheBeard moment, and as a result, the show series was retooled in the second season to be darker and more serious and arc-driven.


* ''Series/InTheHouse'' starred Music/LLCoolJ as retired football player Marion Hill. Marion, facing financial straits, rents out the extra three bedrooms of his Los Angeles mansion to newly-divorced mother Jackie and her two children: teenage Tiffany and preteen Austin. The show initially dealt with Marion adjusting to life after football, Jackie re-entering the workforce and dating scene, and the kids' hijinks. After two seasons and a ChannelHop, the series was retooled to be more adult-oriented: Jackie and Austin [[PutOnABus move away]] while Tiffany stays in LA with Marion to finish high school, and Marion buys a sports clinic where he's joined by Max and Tonia, who help him run it. From that point on, the series dealt primarily with the clinic and the adult trio's love lives, while poor Tiffany became TheArtifact.

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* ''Series/InTheHouse'' starred Music/LLCoolJ as retired football player Marion Hill. Marion, facing financial straits, rents out the extra three bedrooms of his Los Angeles mansion to newly-divorced mother Jackie and her two children: teenage Tiffany and preteen Austin. The show initially dealt with Marion adjusting to life after football, Jackie re-entering the workforce and dating scene, and the kids' hijinks. After two seasons and a ChannelHop, the series was retooled to be more adult-oriented: focus on the 18-34 demographic: Jackie and Austin [[PutOnABus move away]] while Tiffany stays in LA with Marion to finish high school, and Marion buys a sports clinic where he's joined by Max and Tonia, who help him run it. From that point on, the series dealt primarily with the clinic and the adult trio's love lives, while poor Tiffany became TheArtifact.

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