New Who Review: “The Name of the Doctor”

Vinnie Bartilucci

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  1. Brian K. Eason says:

    Spoilery Theory: The Great Intelligence mentions that one of the Doctor’s names is the Valeyard. The Valeyard appears in the1986 serial “The Trial of a Time Lord. ” The Master told the 6th doctor that “The Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say you do not improve with age.”

    I don’t think the Great Intelligence would drop that name unless it was going to be relevant. I think John Hurt is the “Doctor” during the Time War and is the real 9th Doctor, but, as Smith’s Doctor states, he can’t have the name “Doctor” because he is not a healer — the things he did were “not in the name of the Doctor.”

    If I’m right, Smith’s Doctor is the 12th Doctor and not the 11th and the Valeyard is the real 9th — John Hurt. This allows them to keep that continuity and not deal with the future Doctor being a villain.

    The final evidence? This shot from the 50th anniversary episode show Hurt wearing the clothes of the 8th Doctor and what appears to be the jacket of Eccelston’s Doctor.×493/uktv-doctor-who-50th-anniversary-filming-5.jpg

  2. Duane B says:

    How about a final name….Rassilon…..

  3. mike weber says:

    Maybe. But the Doctor wouldn’t tell Clara what Hurt’s character did – and he’s freely admitted – at least Ten did – the he ended the Time War and what he did to do it.

    I think he’s a future incarnation – Twelve or Thirteen.

  4. Michael says:

    Didn’t the Doctor tell River his name at their wedding? That would mean she just needs to get her own sonic screwdriver, at this point in the Doctor’s timeline…