<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

The Great Intelligence and its Whisper Men abduct the Doctor's friends to force him to travel to Trenzalore and open up a tomb containing the key to the Doctor's past... and his present defeat.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x13
Airdate: Saturday May 18th, 2013
Special Airtime: 07:00 pm

Director: Saul Metzstein
Writer: Steven Moffat

Alternate Airdates:

CA (SPACE) May 18, 2013
AU (ABC) May 19, 2013
US (BBC America) May 19, 2013
DE (Fox) Jul 31, 2013

Guest Stars
Alex KingstonAlex Kingston
As River Song
Richard E. GrantRichard E. Grant
As Dr Simeon
Neve McIntoshNeve McIntosh
As Vastra
Catrin StewartCatrin Stewart
As Jenny (Jenny Flint)
Dan StarkeyDan Starkey
As Strax
Eve De Leon AllenEve De Leon Allen
As Angie (Angie Maitland)
Kassius Carey JohnsonKassius Carey Johnson
As Artie (Artie Maitland)
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Whisper Man
John HurtJohn Hurt
As The Doctor (and Introducing)
Nasi VoutsasNasi Voutsas
As Andro
David AveryDavid Avery
As Fabian
Michael JennMichael Jenn
As Clarence (Clarence DeMarco)
Rab AffleckRab Affleck
As Archie
Samuel IrvineSamuel Irvine
As Messenger Boy
Sophie DownhamSophie Downham
As Young Clara
Main Cast
Jenna-Louise ColemanJenna-Louise Coleman
As Clara Oswald
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor


On Gallifrey in the distant past, two repairmen get an alert that someone is stealing a TARDIS in for repairs...

Read the full recap
Episode Notes
The episode ends with "Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor."

Episode Quotes
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 Song: 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.

Dr 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 Flint: Bloodsoaked?
Madame Vastra: The Doctor has been many things, but never bloodsoaked.
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 Unknown Doctor: What I did, I did without choice.
The Doctor: I know.
The Unknown Doctor: In the name of peace and sanity.
The Doctor: But not in the name of the Doctor.

Episode Goofs
When Vastra checks Jenny's "corpse" the actress is clearly moving, breathing, and moving her eyes beneath her eyelids.

Episode References
The various Doctors and stand-ins seen throughout are:

The First Doctor (unknown) The Sixth Doctor (costumed extra)

The Fourth Doctor (Invasion of Time) The Seventh Doctor (Dragonfire)

The Third Doctor (The Five Doctors) The Second Doctors (costumed extra and footage from The Five Doctors)

The Fifth Doctor (Arc of Infinity) The Ninth Doctor (costumed extra)

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSteven Moffat  |  Caroline Skinner
ProducerDenise Paul
Production DesignerMichael Pickwoad
EditorMatt Cannings
Line ProducerDes Hughes
First Assistant DirectorNick Brown (4)
Second Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerHoward Burden
Make-upAlison Sing  |  Vivienne Simpson  |  Sara Angharad
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DecoratorAdrian Anscombe
Location ManagerNicky James
Property MasterPaul Smith (2)
Production AssistantRachel Vipond
Script SupervisorRory Herbert
Assistant EditorKatrina Aust  |  Becky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorJon Everett
Director of PhotographyNeville Kidd
StuntsMatthew Stirling  |  Dani Biernat  |  Gordon Seed
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield  |  Jo McLaren
Production SecretarySandra Cosfeld
Art DirectorDan Martin (2)  |  Amy Pickwoad
Assistant Production CoordinatorGabriella Ricci
Post Production CoordinatorSamantha Price
Production ManagementPhillipa Cole  |  Claire Hildred
Script EditorJohn Phillips (6)
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistDeian Llyr Humphreys
Third Assistant DirectorDanielle Richards
Costume SupervisorCarly Griffith
Art Department CoordinatorDonna Shakesheff
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantJeff Dunn  |  Rhys Evans
Series ProducerMarcus Wilson
Set DresserJayne Davies
Camera AssistantMeg De Koning  |  Cai Thompson  |  Sam Smithard
Best BoySteve Slocombe
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Assistant DirectorLouisa Cavell  |  Gareth Jones
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChris J. Lees
Unit ManagerMonty Till
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristGareth Spensley
Assistant Costume DesignerFraser Purfit
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerChris Reynolds  |  James Scott (2)
Assistant Art DirectorRichard Hardy
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Sound Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Graphic ArtistChristina Tom
Dialogue EditorDarran Clement
Concept ArtistAndrew Wildman
Production BuyerAdrian Greenwood  |  Holly Thurman
Supervising Art DirectorPaul Spriggs
Construction ManagerTerry Horle
Standby PropsRob Brandon  |  Helen Atherton
Scenic ArtistJohn Pinkerton
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorJoel Skinner
Created ByRobert Holmes  |  Malcolm Hulke
Costume AssistantGemma Evans  |  Katarina Capellazzi
ADR EditorMatthew Cox
Location AssistantIestyn Hampson-Jones
Dressing PropsJayne Davies  |  Mike Elkins  |  Paul Barnett
Sound Maintenance EngineerChris Goding  |  Ross Adams
Missing Information
Click here to add Music
Click here to add Cultural References
Click here to add Analysis