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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?


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 »


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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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 Matthew BlackSee 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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