The series 7 finale of Doctor Who is to be called “The Name Of The Doctor“. Steven Moffat is already hard at work teasing this episode, which will be the one which leads into the series’ 50th anniversary episode.
Obviously Doctor Who has been the question baked right into the show’s title since it began 50 years ago. The poster for the episode has a subtitle of “His secret revealed”, but this is a Moffat show and we’ve been thrown red herrings in the past. Will Moffat really remove a key piece of the mystery that surrounds The Doctor?
Interestingly enough, people on Twitter are massively up in arms. The overwhelming sentiment is no, we don’t want to know The Doctor’s name. Seriously. Because if we knew his name, all that mystique would be deflated overnight like a birthday balloon the morning after the party. Would people still call him “Doctor”? (Probably, since the Gallifreyan is impossible for most people to pronounce – allegedly).
Personally, I’m going to side with the crowd who think it’s a bad idea. I can’t imagine a scenario where the reveal of The Doctor’s name could be anything more than a disappointment. A name is a name. Unless the name has some power in the universe or sets The Doctor out from the rest of the Time Lords in some way. But even then, it would fly in the face of that whole grand arc that Steven Moffat set up where The Doctor regained his anonymity in the universe.
What’s your take – do you want to know his name?