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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.


Saul Metzstein


Steven Moffat, Malcolm Hulke (characters: "Silurians") | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Alex Kingston ... River Song
Richard E. Grant ... Dr. Simeon
Neve McIntosh ... Vastra
Catrin Stewart ... Jenny
Dan Starkey ... Strax
Eve De Leon Allen Eve De Leon Allen ... Angie
Kassius Carey-Johnson Kassius Carey-Johnson ... Artie (as Kassius Carey Johnson)
Nasi Voutsas Nasi Voutsas ... Andro
David Avery ... Fabian
Michael Jenn ... Clarence
Rab Affleck ... Archie
Samuel Irvine Samuel Irvine ... Messenger Boy
Sophie Downham 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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Release Date:

18 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the first season finale in the revived series to be set primarily on another planet. See more »


After River's projection says she was the one to open the door, she walks to the right hand side. At this point no one except Clara can see her, however although he is out of focus, you can see Dr Simeon's eye-line follow her as she disappears off camera. See more »


The Great Intelligence: His friends are lost forever more. Unless he goes to Trenzalore.
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Features Doctor Who: Dragonfire: Part One (1987) 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 knokelmaatSee 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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