An archive of reviews of the 2013 series of British science-fiction programme Doctor Who
In the UK: Saturday, 7pm, 18th May 2013, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday, 8pm/7c, 18th May 2013, BBC America
Ian: Just open the doors, Doctor Foreman.
The Doctor: [To himself.] Eh? Doctor who? What’s he talking about…?
– from Doctor Who – An Unearthly Child
Doctor Who’s name has been a subject of considerable interest, ever since the first episode. Whether it was Ian Chesterton’s misnaming of him as Doctor Foreman in the very first episode or the more recent Steven Moffat antics regarding River Song, the Doctor and their wedding, everyone’s wanted to know what his name really is. Doctor von Wer, Dr John Smith, Theta Sigma – Who knows, ho, ho?
This season has, in fact, been building on this, with Clara mid-runaround…
…stopping off in the TARDIS library to find out the Doctor’s real name. So it all looked like we were about to get some big revelation in the appropriately named The Name of Doctor, the season finale, billed as revealing ‘his secret’. And revelations we did get, just not the ones we were expecting. Let’s go chat about The Trouble with Clara after the jump.