What's wrong with consistent regeneration effects? I kinda liked it. Tho, it only works if the Time Lord is standing up...I thing 9->10 and 10->11 are the only times he WAS standing up upon regenerations (of the ones we've seen).
I think M'reen
's point is that the glowing golden light made perfect sense when Nine had to discharge all of the energy of the Vortex from his body and become Ten.
However, that particular mechanism didn't match with the circumstances of any other regeneration since (the un-regeneration (Stolen Earth
) where he in fact stood up specifically to facilitate the effect (unlike Classic regenerations); the Master (Utopia
); Ten -> Eleven). None of those other regenerations involved death by infusion with glowing golden light, and so the fact that each one involved the same jets from arms and head doesn't make sense. In the Classic series, each regeneration is different according to the circumstances of death, so having it be consistent just clashes with that. *shrug*
I'm not saying it's not nice to have something for new-series-only fans to latch onto as a recognizable mechanism ("Ooh! He's regenerating!"), which I believe was RTD's reason for doing it that way, but it's just one more way the continuity between Classic and NuWho series doesn't quite mesh. ...at least, in my opinion.