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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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The episode boasted a cornucopia of video and sound clips from throughout the programme's long history. Most notably, in the sequence where the Gallifreyan version of Clara prompts the First Doctor to steal the TARDIS, William Hartnell appeared courtesy of two colourised shots from the Doctor Who: The Warriors of Death (1964) and Doctor Who: The Day of Darkness (1964), together with dialogue from Doctor Who: Invasion (1965). Clara and/or Dr Simeon were also inserted into clips featuring the Second Doctor (from "The Mind Robber" and Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983)), the Third Doctor (also from Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983)), the Fourth Doctor (from "The Invasion Of Time"), the Fifth Doctor (from "Arc Of Infinity"), and the Seventh Doctor (from "Dragonfire"), with a Yeti appearing from "The Web Of Fear". Emanating from the rift were the sounds of the First Doctor (from "100,000 BC"), the Second Doctor (from "The Moonbase"), the Third Doctor (from "The Time Monster"), the Fourth Doctor (from "Genesis Of The Daleks"), the Fifth Doctor (from "The Caves Of Androzani"), the Sixth Doctor (from "The Trial Of A Time Lord"), the Ninth Doctor (from Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways (2005)), the Tenth Doctor (from Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (2007)), and the Eleventh Doctor (from Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010)). See more »


When Clara passes out at the end, the Doctor carries her in his arms. But Clara, who's meant to be unconscious, is still holding the leaf. When she wouldn't be able to hold onto the leaf if she wasn't conscious as your body is relaxed when you're not awake. See more »


Clara: Well how about that, I'm soufflé girl after all.
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References Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks (2012) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Real Doctor
27 May 2014 | by gooby_brownSee all my reviews

Dear Brits:

Okay, I know that David Tennant was the 10th doctor, but I think he should come back. He IS the Doctor. He isn't just acting as the doctor. He lives and breathes the doctor with his charisma, intelligence, can-do attitude, and let's face it...overall cuteness.

When he is on the Tardis you want to go with him. And when he says, "I'll be back" you know he'll be back.

Ladies, when Rose fell in love with the Doctor...didn't we want to be Rose? Fall in love with doctor who and bring the real doctor back.

Sincerely, Michelle-Alexandra Brown: The girl living on top of the world.

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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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