Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 14

The Name of the Doctor (18 May 2013)

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The Doctor's friends are being kidnapped, which leads him to the fields of Trenzalore, where his greatest secret will be revealed and Clara's mystery will be solved.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Eve De Leon Allen ...
Kassius Johnson ...
Artie (as Kassius Carey Johnson)
Nasi Voutsas ...
Samuel Irvine ...
Messenger Boy
Sophie Downham ...


The Doctor's friends are being kidnapped, which leads him to the fields of Trenzalore, where his greatest secret will be revealed and Clara's mystery will be solved.

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Ultimately, Clara's companionship with the Doctor is something of an ontological paradox; the Doctor might not have invited 21st Century Clara to travel with him if he had not met the echoes of her in the Dalek Asylum and Victorian London, but if she never travelled with the Doctor, those echoes would never have existed. See more »


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Moffat vs. the Doctor - Who wins
30 October 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

My real worry is that Steven Moffat has decided to end Doctor Who.

The series should not be about the Doctor; it should be about the adventures he has traveling time and space. Moffat has lost that, and I'm not sure how it can be regenerated.

Moffat did some wonderful stuff- A Christmas Carol is absolutely beautiful - But he has done too much trash to be taken seriously, and The Name of the Doctor is the absolute nadir.

Will someone please exterminate Clara? Besides destroying the show's continuity, she is a lifeless, personality-less drone.

By the way, a reminder - Peter Capaldi is not the 12th Doctor, but - thanks to Moffat and John Hurt - the Thirteenth -and that's the end of the show, and I think that's just what Moffat and the BBC intend.

If so - they don't get it. The Doctor's greatest charm is that he always continues.

And he will continue, long after Moffat has retired....

As for the story itself - it's virtually non-existent. The Name of the Doctor is a mess of explosions, innuendo, and regurgitation Of fan faves. Totally wankery and wonkery. In other words - zip.

And whether Moffat and HIS fans acknowledge it - the STORIES were what the Doctor was all about.

And will be again, once Moffat is gone.

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