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The Name of the Doctor

Series 7 - Episode 14 The Name of the Doctor

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Review

This season finale is tantalisingly called The Name of the Doctor, which of course has been the mystery at the heart of the series since it began in 1963. But will Steven Moffat have the nerve to reveal it once and for all, or have the sense to maintain his mission to put the Who back into Doctor Who

The Time Lord’s identity is certainly key to this momentous story, which — in a clever way that will have fans rewinding their recordings — takes in his whole story from Gallifrey to the end of days on Trenzalore. 

There’s a funereal air as the Great Intelligence and his undertaker-like Whisper Men intrude upon a bizarre conference call across the centuries between the Doctor’s closest allies: Vastra, Jenny, Strax, Clara and River Song. For some of our heroes, life will never be the same again, in one of the most audacious and emotional episodes to date.

Summary

Clara receives a letter summoning her to a mysterious meeting, where she is given a message for the Doctor. The meaning is uncertain, but when an enemy strikes the Time Lord is left with no choice but to travel to the one place in time and space he should never go - into a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future. Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman star in the first part of a three-pronged tale.

Cast & Crew

The Doctor Matt Smith
Clara Jenna Coleman
River Song Alex Kingston
Dr Simeon Richard E Grant
Madame Vastra Neve McIntosh
Jenny Catrin Stewart
Strax Dan Starkey
Angie Eve De Leon Allen
Artie Kassius Carey Johnson
Andro Nasi Voutsas
Fabian David Avery
Clarence Michael Jenn
Archie Rab Affleck
Messenger boy Samuel Irvine
Young Clara Sophie Downham
Whisper Man Paul Kasey
Director Saul Metzstein
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Executive Producer Caroline Skinner
Producer Denise Paul
Series Producer Marcus Wilson
Writer Steven Moffat
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