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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 »

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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 Johnson Kassius 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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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


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 »


River Song: I died saving him; in return he saved me to a database in the biggest library in the universe. Left me like a book on a shelf; didn't even say goodbye. He doesn't like endings.
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Features Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time: Part Two (1978) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Final nail in the coffin?
7 September 2013 | by GameAndWatchSee all my reviews

I'd heard about the reveal at the end of the episode before watching it and I couldn't quite believe it. John Hurt as the Doctor! I've longed for someone like Hurt to play the doctor, it would be excellent for Who. I'm desperate for an elder statesman to play the time traveller, rather than someone prancing about with a sonic screwdriver.

I've liked most of the Doctors including the 11th. But not the stories. I'm clamouring after a good story and some decent science fiction. After all, the Doctor has the best spaceship (save for the Masters) in the universe, he can go anywhere in space time. And yet he can't seem to stay away from present day Earth. Yawn, this is just lazy.

None of the previous episodes from the last few seasons have stuck in my mind. In part I've lowered my bar of expectation (it's almost touching the floor), and I've resigned to watch the show as pure fluff. But considering it's a flagship program for the BBC, they really could do better than this. I think what addles me is that the BBC doesn't churn out any other sci-fi. Instead

we get endless reams of paedophilia, rape, murder and crime and punishment stories. Where are the progressive stories or expertly retold parables?

Red Dwarf had good sci-fi stories, and it was a cheap ass production. You can still produce a great episode with a limited set and budget.

As for this episode. I quite liked the idea of the Doctor's tomb and the impossible girl. Though nothing really happened for 44 minutes. It was merely a set-up for the anniversary episode. Then they spoil it by painting an actor's name on the screen mid-story. What on earth were the BBC thinking?

Let's hope the writers toss the 12th Doctor some better story lines.

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