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Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

Will Steven Moffat Really Reveal the Doctor’s Name?

Steven Moffat has promised that come the finale of Series 7, The Name of the Doctor, we will have learned something we never knew about the Doctor…but what that just might be is anyone’s guess.

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

Promising viewers ‘a shock’ come the closing credits of that last episode Moffat commented in his episode guide in the Radio Times that:

“There’s going to be a revelation. I’m not teasing. I’m not wrong-footing you — you’re about to learn something about the Doctor that you never knew before,”

Whether or not that actually means we will final gain an answer to the first question in the universe: Doctor who? Even the possibility that we’ll learn something else from the Doctor’s dark and distant past remains to be seen.

However Moffat has also commented in this month’s issue of DWM that those big story arcs hinted at in The Wedding of River Song will be addressed:

“There’s often an element of throwing in some lovely names, and then figuring it out later, but I’ve always had a sort of plan for the Doctor and Trenzalore…Things will be resolved. Things I’ve left hanging in plain sight – and sometimes not in plain sight – will be tied up…”

He added:

“I feel as though we’re going to deliver. We’ve only just finished shooting the actual completed ending – it’s ridiculously secret – but it’s quite a thing, hopefully.”

As the synopsis says; ‘Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him towards the one place in all of time and space that he should never go.’ And Trenzalore, according to Dorium Maldovar, is the place ‘no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer.’

Could the Doctor be about to break his first rule, ‘rule one: the Doctor lies’ and answer the first question?


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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