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Published on June 5th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

16 Years in the Making!

Did Steven Moffat, arch enemy and chief ranter against spoilers, travel back in time and spoiler himself?

According to a 1995  newsgroup posting found by This is Fake DIY the idea of the medical term ‘Doctor’ deriving from the good man himself has been in existance for over 16 years!

A certain, younger, fresher faced Steven Moffat commented on a ‘rec.arts.drwho’  thread titled ‘Dr. Who’s real name’:

“Here’s a particularly stupid theory. If we take “The Doctor” to be the Doctor’s name – even if it is in the form of a title no doubt meaning something deep and Gallifreyan – perhaps our earthly use of the word “doctor” meaning healer or wise man is direct result of the Doctor’s multiple interventions in our history as a healer and wise man. In other words, we got it from him. This is a very silly idea and I’m consequently rather proud of it.”

To think one day something randomly posted on a forum by a known Doctor Who writer could become part of a great chain of events leading to ‘a game changing cliff hanger’. That or he just got desperate.

Eagle eyed Moffat stalkers, hanging around his house some 16 years ago already knew of this information. It was during a particularly difficult session writing Chalk that a jacketless Moffat left his desk for an impromtu Hob Nob break, when, upon returning he was WEARING A JACKET! Only to disappear and re-appear jacket-less again!

There were two Moffats!

So that’s where he got the idea from…

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.



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