Doctor Who Day: The Name of the Doctor

Excitement is mounting as we gear up for what should be an amazing weekend – mostly because Doctor Who has reached its series finale with the grand Moffat serving up The Name of the Doctor – an episode sure to catapult itself into the shows history as one of the most canon-heavy episodes yet.


Again the episode will air at 7.00 on BBC One, the slightly later timeslot alluding to the scary nature of the new enemies the Whispermen! Around the world it will debut on the same in America on BBC America at 8:00pm ET and the same time on SPACE in Canada. The ABC broadcast will be at 7.30pm on the next day, Sunday the 18th of May. The episode will be available to watch on the BBC’s iPlayer service and the ABC’s iView soon after the episode airs.

The Synopsis for the episode is:

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 what promises to be a thrilling climax, with Alex Kingston returning as River Song. Sadly, fans will have to wait a full six months for their next Who fix, until the much talked-about 50th anniversary special which is due to be shown in November. Last in the series.

I have to say first up, I haven’t been this excited for an episode of Doctor Who since The Doctor’s Wife all the way back in 2011, and god knowns when before that. I seriously cannot wait to see how the Clara mystery pans out, and I really can look past my vague fears about the Doctor’s name.

But actually, I don’t care. I really don’t care if we find out the Doctor’s name – for me the show won’t be ruined as many have been saying it will be.

Don’t shoot me down. The most exciting part of this episode is what they’re doing with Gallifrey and the classic doctors, things we know from promotional images are going to be back, and I just can’t wait to se what Moffat does with them and how he handles them.

Anyway, before I explode with excitement I shall sign off. Enjoy the episode, because as sure as anything I will! And look forward to the 50th anniversary cliffhanger (a prediction – don’t hold me to it) !


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