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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Costume designer Howard Burden later confirmed that John Hurt's character is a "dark Doctor" existing between the Doctor's eighth and ninth incarnations. See more »


At the beginning, the Time Lord mechanic says, "What kind of idiot would try and steal a faulty TARDIS?" It was not the Time Lords who invented the name TARDIS. It was the Doctor's granddaughter Susan who invented the name out of the initials "Time And Relative Dimension In Space". Even the Doctor did not call it the TARDIS at this point. The Time Lords did not call it a TARDIS until 1969. See more »


Strax: The heart is a relatively simple thing.
Vastra: I have not found it to be so.
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References Doctor Who: The Snowmen (2012) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Wow, just wow.
19 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Everyone who is even just a bit of a Whovian was looking forward to this episode. Only the title 'The name of the doctor' divided the fandom in pro and contra. Even I had doubts about this: revealing the doctors name after almost 50 years of secrecy? Maybe Moffat was going a bit to far?

He wasn't. Steven Moffat is a genius and it's clear that he used all his creative potential for this ultimate episode. Just like River, I will keep the spoilers from you, but this episode was perfectly written and directed. Smith was strong as ever and Jenna-Louise Coleman did a great job playing Clara. All the other actors were terrific too.

From the beginning you get the feeling you are climbing towards a climax. The suspense really grows throughout the episode. The duologue's are great and the scenery is magnificent and imposing. It is a really dark episode at times. Nonetheless there is still time for some great sense of humor too.

The climax itself is breathtaking. When the episode was over, I was completely overwhelmed by it. It has so much going on that I immediately watched it again. The story is also very solid this time (which was not the case in 'Cold War' and 'The Rings of Akhaten'). It truly is a remarkable finale to a decent season. It's definitely my favorite Doctor Who final from the reboot.

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