Doctor Who

Season 7 Episode 13

The Name of the Doctor

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 18, 2013 on BBC America
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The Doctor finds himself the manipulated for once when someone abducts his friends from throughout time and space, luring him to the one place he can never go.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • who to keep the doctor going

    10
    do the same thing as the master did with the magic thing da

    if you re on they should do the same and the 12 is Peter Capaldi

    if you think thet should type yes doctor

  • don't like the constant change

    5.5
    I didn't start watching the show until 2005 when Billie Piper and the 9th doctor started it's a cool show but I can't deal with the constant change on the show I love Billie Piper they replaced her I really like Amy Pond they replaced her with the 50th celebration going on I understand that change was the premise of the show but I can't deal with losing favorite characters so I am out but the rest of you enjoymoreless
  • 10
    - The Name of the Doctor (careful if you still haven't seen it because here be spoilers)



    At last, a episode worthy of the name after a very disappointing half-season. Yes, even yours, Neil Gaiman, whose Willy Wonka tribute made no sense and ruined the Cybermen the way those horrible iDaleks a few years back ruined the iconic design. Cybermen STAMP, Neil, not move like Venice Beach bodybuilders on rollerskates.



    Moffatt took the writing reins on this one and at last the Impossible Girl was explained. Lured to his grave in the far future the 11th Doctor confronts his own mortality. Apparently, eventually, the regenerations stop and even Time Lords die though as an old man, we are told, in whatever reboot body number is actually entombed here. For all we know this could the the 2000th Doctor who dies at the age of a million.



    So tiresome have all those bodies become that all that remains of the Doctor is a glowing wound in time and space resembling stands of electric DNA and the Great Intelligence (or Mr. G. Intelligence as The Doctor calls him) wants this Doctor there to witness him entering the Doctor's entire time stream to reverse all his triumphs.



    Consider that. The Daleks always win (including that plan to destroy this Universe leaving only Daleks). The Cybermen convert everyone because no Doctor stood in their way. Everyone the Doctor has loved dies and the Universe is destroyed in a million different ways. No wonder the stars start to go out.



    So the Impossible Girl enters the same timey-wimey wound and a million versions of here are created in every place where the Doctor has ever been or ever will be, ready and willing to save the Doctor even when he usually can't see her or need her help. She it is who gets Hartnell-Doctor to take the more interesting damaged TARDIS. She who rescues McCoy-Doctor from a cliff. She who makes souffles in a Dalek or is a governess in Victorian times.



    She does it even though these million versions are only copies of her and her original self (the present-day one) is destroyed. Yet, somehow, in the stream, that body is regenerated in time to be rescued by the Doctor, something I assume will be explained later. Perhaps this is the same tendency to reality that allows a hologram of River Song to be both visible and solid, but only to The Doctor. However it is, this is necessary because we can't feel fear for a copy of Clara. It has to be the real thing.



    Why do we need to feel fear? It's because they are about to introduce John Hurt as The Doctor. Which one? One to come? One edited out of the official number because of the appalling things he did/is about to do? Is he the dark Sith Lord of The Doctor?



    Clever stuff, . That one plot twist means I will come back for the 50th Anniversary episode and (I hope!) a vastly improved new season.moreless
  • The name of the doctor

    9.5
    I thought it was a good episode. I wish we could have heard the name of the doctor, and I didn't like the great intelligence very much but I did like the introduction of the other doctor. I think it was a very suspenseful ending and i cant wait till November to figure out who the new doctor was.
  • Just bad !

    1.0
    No surprise ! That is the worse ending ever !! Please Russel T Davis, come back !!
Richard E. Grant

Richard E. Grant

Dr. Simeon

Guest Star

Eve De Leon Allen

Eve De Leon Allen

Angie

Guest Star

Kassius Carey Johnson

Kassius Carey Johnson

Artie

Guest Star

Neve McIntosh

Neve McIntosh

Madame Vastra

Recurring Role

Catrin Stewart

Catrin Stewart

Jenny

Recurring Role

Dan Starkey

Dan Starkey

Strax

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Clara: Doctor? Doctor?
      The First Doctor: Yes, what is it? What do you want?
      Clara: Sorry, but you're about to make a very big mistake. I don't know where I am. It's like I'm breaking into a million pieces and there's only one thing I remember. I have to save the Doctor. He's always looks different. I always know it's him. Sometimes I think I'm everywhere at once, running to save him. Just to save him. Doctor. But he never hears me. Almost never. I blew into this world on a leaf. I'm still blowing. I don't think I'll ever land. I'm Clara Oswald, the Impossible Girl. I was born to save the Doctor.

    • Clarence: Do you hear the Whisper Men? The Whisper Men are near. If you hear the Whisper Men, then turn away your ear. Do not hear the Whisper Men, whatever else you do. For once you've heard the Whisper Men, they'll stop... and look at you.

    • Vastra: Strax! Good of you to join us.
      Strax: It'd better be important. I was in the middle of destroying some very pleasant primitives.

    • Clara: Clara Oswald.
      River: Professor River Song. The Doctor might have mentioned me?
      Clara: Oh, yeah. Yeah, of course he has. Professor Song. Sorry, it's just that I never realized you were a woman.
      Strax: Well, neither did I.

    • Clara: So, how do we get down there? Jump?
      The Doctor: Don't be silly. We fall.

    • Whisper Men: This man must fall as all man must, the fate of all is always dust.

    • Simeon: Welcome to the final resting place of the cruel tyrant. Of the slaughterer of the ten billion, and the vessel of the final darkness. Welcome... to the tomb of the Doctor.

    • Jenny: Blood-soaked?
      Vastra: The Doctor has been many things, but never blood-soaked.
      Dr. Simeon: Tell that to the leader of the Sycorax. Or Solomon the traitor. Or the Cybermen, or the Daleks. The Doctor lives his life in darker hues, day after day, and he will have other names before the end. The Storm. The Beast. The Valeyard.

    • Strax: Spread out, boy, combat formation. They are unarmed.
      Jenny: So are we!
      Strax: Do not divulge our military secrets!

    • Clara: I don't know where I am. I just know I'm running. Sometimes it's like I've lived a thousand lives in a thousand places. I'm born, I live, I die. And always there's the Doctor. Always I'm running to save the Doctor. Again and again and again. And he hardly ever hears me. But I've always been there. Right from the very beginning. The day he started running.

    • River: It's hard to leave when you haven't said goodbye.
      The Doctor: Then tell me because I don't know. How do I say it?
      River: There's only one way I would accept. If you ever loved me, say it like you're going to come back.
      The Doctor: See you around, Professor River Song.
      River: Until the next time... Doctor.
      The Doctor: Don't wait up.

    • Clara: I don't know where I am. I don't know where I am or where I'm been. I was born to save the Doctor, but the Doctor is safe now. I'm the Impossible Girl and my story is done.

    • The Doctor: You're my Impossible Girl. I'm sending you something. Not from my past, from yours. Look up. Look. This is you, Clara. Everything you were or will be. Take it. You blew into the world on this leaf. Hold tight. It will take you home.

    • Clara: I never saw that one. I saw all of you. Eleven faces, all of them you. You're the Eleventh Doctor.
      The Doctor: I said he was me. I never said he was the Doctor.
      Clara: I don't understand.
      The Doctor: My name, my real name. That is not the point. The name I chose is "the Doctor." The name you choose, it's like... like a promise you make. He's the one who broke the promise. Clara! He is my secret.
      The Other Doctor: What I did, I did without choice.
      The Doctor: I know.
      The Other Doctor: In the name of peace and sanity.
      The Doctor: But not in the name of the Doctor.

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