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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 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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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 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 Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015), which was intended to be her final appearance in the series. 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 Doctor: When the Tardis is dying, sometimes the dimension dams start breaking down. They used to call it a size leak. All the bigger on the inside starts leaking to the outside and it grows.
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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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Excellent build up to the 50th!

What.A.Show! The episode begins on an epic scale and ends on an epic one! One would definitely not expect the character of Clara to unfold in this manner; truly, excellent script work, Moffat, I salute you with both hands. Season 7 was a disaster to be honest, very down scale, just above average, if even, but if fans are looking to gain their spirits back again and find back the Who fan within, this is the perfect episode for it! Oh, and keep a Kleenex near by if you're really really emotionally involved with the characters in this show. It's simply brilliant. To think we'd have to wait 6 months for the brilliant story behind the story of this episode, it's gonna be long, but I'm sure it'll be totally worth it!

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