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The Name of the Doctor 

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 ...
Young Clara


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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18 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is chronologically the last event in River Song's personal history, taking place after her death in the Library. It's implied she fades from existence at this point. However, Alex Kingston would reprise the role one last time in "The Husbands of River Song", which was intended to be her final appearance in the series. See more »


When Clara sees the Fifth Doctor trapped in the Matrix, the ring on her left hand switches to her right between shots. See more »


River Song: How are you even doing that? I'm not really here.
The Doctor: You are always here to me, and I always listen. And I can always see you.
River Song: Then why didn't you speak to me?
The Doctor: Because I thought it would hurt too much.
River Song: I believe I could have coped.
The Doctor: No. I thought it would hurt me... and I was right.
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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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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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