Doctor Who: I Think I Know the Doctor's Name (And A Bad Thing About The 50th Anniversary)

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Be advised, this article was written with tongue very much in cheek.

Of course the big revelation from "The Name of the Doctor" was not the birth name of the Time Lord, or even that his name was really all that big a secret. No, the real mystery was that somewhere along The Doctor's timeline is an incarnation that renounced that name and committed horrible atrocities. Despite the caption, "Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor" at the end, it's unknown what he will really be called.

The current theory is that between the Eighth Doctor and the Ninth was the Hurt Doctor, and it was he that waged the Time War that destroyed the Time Lords and the Daleks. That's just conjecture, though. I've also seen theories that the Hurt Doctor actually predates the First Doctor, or that he is the modern series interpretation of The Valeyard (An evil possible future Doctor portrayed by Michael Jayston that attempted to execute the Sixth Doctor), or even that he is a mysterious character from the novel Lungbarrow called The Other who helped found Time Lord society in the distance past and later hurled himself through time to be reborn as The Doctor.

The point is that the name of The Doctor has no real power at all. The danger was that his name opened the door to his body in his tomb in the Tardis, possibly leading to the eradication of all his heroics and the revelation of the terrible Hurt Doctor. Which is sad, because I woke up the other day and realized I knew the Doctor's name... his terribly, terribly boring name.

Flashback
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Remember this bit from "The Doctor Dances?"

Rose: Look at you, beaming away like you're Father Christmas!

The Doctor: Who says I'm not, red-bicycle-when-you-were-twelve?

Rose: What?

You could say that that was just Nine's little joke, though jokes like that were not necessarily his style. He preferred to plant little truthful hints rather than make up stuff outright. Also, there's no period between meeting Rose when he would be without her for him to go back in time to check that information without her knowing. So the only way that he would already know is if he was really responsible.

Granted, The Doctor met Santa and Saint Nicholas in several spin-off stories, but that hasn't happened in any of the modern ones. Also, it's been revealed that Santa uses Time Loops to accomplish his deliveries. It's possible that since the destruction of the Time Lords The Doctor has had to take over the duties as time travel has become less manageable and harder, with the death of the original Santa probably occurring as a result.

And who does Amelia Pond pray to fix the crack in her wall? Santa. Who shows up? The Doctor.



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brainlock72
brainlock72

WRONG!
A- Hurt Doctor never renounced his name/title, but did "what [he] had to do" and only after was renounced by his other incarnations.  11 states as much in that scene.  Was it using "The Moment" to end the Time War?  We don't know. (yet?)


B- Theta Sigma. First mentioned by fellow Time Lord Drax in the Key to Time saga as 4's "University nickname", yet it has appeared in the new series, most notably in River's graffiti. Oh, and that obelisk in Rassilon's Tomb in The Five Doctors. Curious that.  "Never ignore a coincidence, unless you're busy with something else."


C- at least the "Pre-Doctor" theory is getting around, but I seem to be the only one with the theory he could fit in between 2 and 3, when the Time Lords forced his regeneration and we actually had a clean break between seasons and Doctors, which would not happen again until 11.  Pertwee's Doctor was then "sentenced" to, in effect, solitary confinement on Earth for a time.  Who's to say that a "missing" regeneration wasn't forced to carry out some dark special mission for the Time Lords and his sentence wasn't punishment, but forcing him to hide out until the coast was clear?


D- "Jeff" was a gag and nod to Moff's previous work on Coupling.  If anyone is Santa, it's Amy's friend Jeff with the laptop back in Leadworth.

Spoilers
Spoilers

Wrong.

John Hurt's from the future. He's the Valeyard.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@brainlock72 Hadn't thought of the between 2 and 3 theory. It could make sense, but wouldn't that negate all the other multi-Doctor specials since 6B is when the Second Doctor has all those adventures?

quynlan
quynlan

@JefWithOneF @Spoilers 


I especially love how everyone always *knows* what's going on with Who, and gets extremely defensive when another individual's theories conflict with theirs.  I absolutely *knew* Clara's secret, before the finale -- then I just felt like a dumbass =P  I was explaining that to a friend, "It's so much simpler, and makes so much more sense than what I had in mind."


But theories are fun, so keep going, and absorb all the bits and pieces you can.  The best part of being a Whovian, is how passionate we all are about it =)

quynlan
quynlan

@JefWithOneF @quynlan @Spoilers 

And Roses in her hair in another episode, and she worked in a pub that had "Rose" in the title, and her mother died on the same day that Rose met the Doctor in 2005.  

I just figured it was over, but I suppose that with the (possible Non-Zygon) inclusion of Rose and 10 in the 50th, its still possible.

quynlan
quynlan

@JefWithOneF @quynlan @Spoilers 


Yeah, I was convinced that in the moment when Rose was Bad Wolf, she was able to see all of space and time, and knew that Clara would be the only one who could safe The Doctor at Trenzalore, and she intentionally put Clara in his path, as a mystery he just couldn't refuse.  

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@quynlan @JefWithOneF @Spoilers Hell, i did a whole article of Clara theories, and I wasn't even kind of right. Well, I said she was a Bad Wolf-type entity scattered across The Doctor's timeline, which I guess is half-right, but I really thought that she'd end up the incarnation of the show itself

quynlan
quynlan

@JefWithOneF @quynlan @Spoilers 


I think the biggest thing, is that we've all become so used to playing the "Did Moffat mean something with the inclusion of the blue jellybaby in the corner in last weeks episode" game, that almost no theories can be considered invalid.  I have heard a few, but for the most part everything is fair game, and it's fun to see how much of the community got it right.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@quynlan @JefWithOneF @Spoilers Oh definitely! there's always so much to learn, and the guessing is great. I'm probably wrong about everything I say, but the discussion is the best part!

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