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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When the Doctor and Clara are in the TARDIS hovering over Trenzalore he says he never thought he would die like this, he thought he would maybe "retire, take up water colours or beekeeping or something." 'Beekeeping' is a reference to Sherlock Holmes - Stephen Moffat is a huge fan. In the books Sherlock retires to Sussex Downs in his later years and takes up beekeeping. See more »


In the scene towards the end where Clara falls into The Doctors arms, the side to which she falls changes between front and rear shots. See more »


The Doctor: There is a time to live, and a time to sleep. You are an echo, River. Like Clara, like all of us, in the end my fault, I know. But you should have faded by now.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Terrific Ending to a Somewhat Average Series
19 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

I love Moffat's era in Doctor Who (a lot better than RTD's, although I loved that era as well), but I thought that the 7th series was a bit disappointing. I think all the problems with this series could have been fixed had there been an extra five to ten minutes tacked on to each episode, because there have been many moments in this series where I felt the endings were rushed and sloppy.

This was not the case.

This was the most perfectly paced episode of Doctor Who I've ever seen. So many questions were answered head-on and in a very satisfying way, and the episode will leave you shocked and counting the days until the 50th anniversary special.

Admittedly I was nervous that the name of the Doctor would be revealed. I felt that no matter what it was, it would be disappointing. And if his name was something like "Tom," I would be forced to hunt down Moffat and send him to Trenzalore. Thankfully it's resolved in a satisfying way that makes perfect sense.

Moffat's series finales have often been criticized as being "Too complicated," (which really isn't a valid complaint at all) but that won't be the case with this finale. Everything is explained clearly. The audience won't feel like they're being talked down to, but the ending won't leave anyone scratching their heads.

My only problem with this episode was the Whispermen, who weren't very intimidating monsters.

This episode also had some laugh out loud moments that blended perfectly with the dark atmosphere of the episode.

Oh, and Strax was in this. Strax is cool.

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