The Doctor’s Name


The season finale of Doctor Who has been revealed and it has caused a bit of controversy. The name of the episode is The Name of the Doctor. He has always been just the Doctor. The name of the show is entirely a joke on the fact that he is known as just the Doctor and everyone asks Doctor who? If they are revealing the name what does that mean for the show?

The First Question

So we have received hints that the show might be heading this direction with the story of the Silence.

The first question! The question that must never be answered! Hidden in plain sight! The question you’ve been running from all your life! “Doctor Who?” “Doctor Who?” “Doctor Who!”!

Right there we are introduced to the idea that at some point the question will be asked and answered revealing the Doctor’s name. The problem with revealing the name is that takes away some of the mystery. If we as the audience know his true name, but he still goes around as the Doctor do we start going, “whatever?” Does him being the Doctor not matter as much to us then?

There are a lot of people who seem to think we should not know the Doctor as anything other than the Doctor. Talks of protests, comments on how they want the scene to go, etc. There is some logic to not wanting to know. The fear that it will never live up to what we imagine.

The Twist

Part of me does wonder if people are overreacting. Doctor Who has never been that straight forward. People fear that his name will be revealed, but there are some other things we know about his name.

River you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There’s only one way I would ever tell anyone my name. There’s only one time I could.

This is another place that people have theories. Some think it is the Doctor’s wedding day because that does seem the direction of the Doctor’s and River’s relationship. If that is the case I don’t think we are heading there quite yet but maybe I am wrong.

If it is at another time then we do not know what to expect about when the Doctor can reveal his name. It is obvious that it is meant to be under very specific circumstances. Or it could mean nothing and they will just do whatever and forget what was mentioned in earlier episodes.

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