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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... The Doctor
... Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
... River Song
... Dr. Simeon
... Vastra
... Jenny
... Strax
Eve De Leon Allen ... Angie
Kassius Johnson ... Artie (as Kassius Carey Johnson)
Nasi Voutsas ... Andro
... Fabian
... Clarence
... Archie
Samuel Irvine ... Messenger Boy
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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18 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The War Doctor came about because Christopher Eccleston declined to appear in Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013). Steven Moffat briefly considered positioning the Eighth Doctor as the Doctor who had ended the Time War, but felt that this was inconsistent with Doctor Who (1996). 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 »


The Great Intelligence: The Doctor's life is a open wound. And an open wound can be entered.
The Doctor: No, it would destroy you...
The Great Intelligence: Not at all. It will kill me. It will destroy you. I can rewrite your every living moment. I can turn every one of you victories into defeats. Poison every friendship. Deliver pain to your every breath.
The Doctor: It will burn you up! Once you go through, you can't come back. You will be scattered along my timeline like confetti!
The Great Intelligence: It matters not, Doctor. You thwarted me at every turn. Now you will give me peace,...
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Referenced in How It Should Have Ended: Super Café: Who's a Hero (2013) 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 See 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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