History Recap / DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor

22nd May '17 8:43:42 PM AthenaBlue
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Prequel: "She Said, He Said". Clara and The Doctor tell the viewer about how mysterious they find one another, and how they discovered one another's true identity when they went to the fields of Trenzalore . . . Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtaIpkjF6Ss on YouTube]].

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Prequel: "She Said, He Said". Clara and The the Doctor tell the viewer about how mysterious they find one another, and how they discovered one another's true identity when they went to the fields of Trenzalore . . . Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtaIpkjF6Ss on YouTube]].



* AllThereInTheManual: ''The Doctor's Lives and Times'', a book comprised of documents written by and about the Doctor and released as part of the 50[[superscript:th]] anniversary, tied into "The Name of the Doctor" by photoshopping Clara into various photos. At one point she's disguised as a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Movellan]].

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* AllThereInTheManual: ''The Doctor's Lives and Times'', a book comprised of documents written by and about the Doctor and released as part of the 50[[superscript:th]] anniversary, tied into "The Name of the Doctor" this episode by photoshopping Clara into various photos. At one point she's disguised as a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Movellan]].
10th May '17 5:42:54 PM AthenaBlue
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The one with the drugged letter.



Clara's scattered across time and space, from Gallifrey to Earth, seeing the Doctor -- ''all'' Doctors -- move around her. She confronts the First Doctor and Susan when they're about to steal the TARDIS, spots the Sixth while he walks past her on the TARDIS, tries to get the attention of the Third [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors as he's driving by in]] [[CoolCar Bessie]], follows the Fourth as he's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime walking through corridors on Gallifrey]], rushes after the Second [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome while he's having an adventure with the Eighth]], watches the Fifth as he's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E1ArcOfInfinity trapped inside the Matrix]], tries to rescue the Seventh while he's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire dangling from a cliff on Ice World]], the Tenth Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary in the]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Library]], and confronts the Eleventh when he's [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen temporarily retiring in 19th century London]]. None of them, except the First and the Eleventh, ever properly notice her.

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Clara's scattered across time and space, from Gallifrey to Earth, seeing the Doctor -- ''all'' Doctors -- move around her. She confronts the First Doctor and Susan when they're about to steal the TARDIS, spots the Sixth while he walks past her on the TARDIS, her, tries to get the attention of the Third [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors as he's driving by in]] [[CoolCar Bessie]], follows the Fourth as he's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime walking through corridors on Gallifrey]], rushes after the Second [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome while he's having an adventure with the Eighth]], watches the Fifth as he's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E1ArcOfInfinity trapped inside the Matrix]], tries to rescue the Seventh while he's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire dangling from a cliff on Ice World]], the Tenth Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary in the]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Library]], and confronts the Eleventh when he's [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen temporarily retiring in 19th century London]]. None of them, except the First and the Eleventh, ever properly notice her.



The TARDIS's future self stands as a giant atop the catacombs, NotQuiteDead, with her dimensional transcendence having spilled out to her exterior. The fields of Trenzalore have merged with her body and show her memories as gravestones, and her tunnels reach down far underneath the ground. River, who's kept her psychic connection to Clara from the séance open, joins them there as a spectre -- appearing real to Clara, but unseen by the Doctor.

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The TARDIS's TARDIS' future self stands as a giant atop the catacombs, NotQuiteDead, with her dimensional transcendence having spilled out to her exterior. The fields of Trenzalore have merged with her body and show her memories as gravestones, and her tunnels reach down far underneath the ground. River, who's kept her psychic connection to Clara from the séance open, joins them there as a spectre -- appearing real to Clara, but unseen by the Doctor.



** The Doctor again mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide "everyone is an echo, in the end" and " everyone has a grave somewhere out there."]]

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** The Doctor again mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide "everyone is an echo, in the end" and " everyone "everyone has a grave somewhere out there."]]



** When the Great Intelligence is sabotaging all of the Doctor's victories, Madame Vastra mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "The Caves of Androzani"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]].

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** When the Great Intelligence is sabotaging all of the Doctor's victories, Madame Vastra mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], Dalek asylum]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "The Caves of Androzani"]] Androzani]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]].Victorian London with the Paternoster Gang]].



'''Jenny:''' We don't know. [[ShapedLikeItself It's a secret]].

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'''Jenny:''' We don't know. [[ShapedLikeItself It's a secret]].secret.]]



* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten This isn't the first time the leaf is a plot point]]. It's still the most important leaf in human history.

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* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten This isn't the first time the leaf is was a plot point]]. point.]] It's still the most important leaf in human history.



** The prequel shows some props from previous episodes, such as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn the Doctor's painting of Clara]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver the chess-playing Cyberman]].
** FakeShemp versions of the [[Creator/WilliamHartnell First]], [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth]], [[Creator/PeterDavison Fifth]], [[Creator/ColinBaker Sixth]], and [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Ninth]] Doctors run past Clara when she's stuck in the timestream.

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** The prequel shows some props from previous episodes, such as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn the Doctor's painting of Clara]], Clara]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver the chess-playing Cyberman]].
** FakeShemp versions of the [[Creator/WilliamHartnell First]], [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth]], [[Creator/PeterDavison Fifth]], [[Creator/ColinBaker Sixth]], Sixth]] and [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Ninth]] Doctors run past Clara when she's stuck in the timestream.



* DeathSeeker: The Great Intelligence, as implied through several of his lines.

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* DeathSeeker: The Great Intelligence, as implied through several of his lines. its lines.



'''Vastra:''' ''(cradling Jenny)'' I have not found it to be so.

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'''Vastra:''' ''(cradling Jenny)'' ''[cradling Jenny]'' I have not found it to be so.



** Back in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]], the 11th Doctor stated that if he killed the Space Whale, he'd no longer be able to call himself the Doctor. Hinting at a regeneration who gave up the name of the Doctor for a similar act.

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** Back in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]], the 11th 11[[superscript:th]] Doctor stated that if he killed the Space Star Whale, he'd no longer be able to call himself the Doctor. Hinting at a regeneration who gave up the name of the Doctor for a similar act.



* HollywoodTorches: The catacombs have torches [[BattleTrophy made from Dalek eye stalks!]]

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* HollywoodTorches: The catacombs have torches [[BattleTrophy made from Dalek eye stalks!]]eyestalks!]]



* IKnowYourTrueName: The Great Intelligence spends the episode trying to figure this out to destroy the Doctor because the name's power is to open the tomb that leads to his corpse/timeline scar thing. The Doctor upon confronting his forgotten incarnation claims that it's the name you give yourself that has power.
-->'''The Doctor:''' My name -- my ''real'' name -- that is not the point. The name I ''chose'' is the Doctor. It's like a promise you make. He's the one who broke the promise.

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* IKnowYourTrueName: IKnowYourTrueName:
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The Great Intelligence spends the episode trying to figure this out to destroy the Doctor because the name's power is to open the tomb that leads to his corpse/timeline scar thing. The Doctor upon confronting his forgotten incarnation claims that it's the name you give yourself that has power.
-->'''The --->'''The Doctor:''' My name -- my ''real'' name -- that is not the point. The name I ''chose'' is the Doctor. It's like a promise you make. He's the one who broke the promise.



* {{Intangibility}}: The Great Intelligence / Whispermen. You can't hurt them, but they can shove their hands in your internal organs.

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* {{Intangibility}}: The Great Intelligence / Whispermen.Intelligence[=/=]Whispermen. You can't hurt them, but they can shove their hands in your internal organs.



** There are also similarities to the comic ''Time and Time Again'' by Creator/PaulCornell to celebrate the 30[[superscript:th]] anniversary. Here the Black Guardian alters the Doctor's timeline so he never leaves Gallifrey, meaning Earth is the battleground for many alien races. This means the 7th Doctor, Ace, and Benny have to move back along the Doctor's timestream to recover the segments of the Key to Time, meeting all the previous Doctors in the process.

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** There are also similarities to the comic ''Time and Time Again'' by Creator/PaulCornell to celebrate the 30[[superscript:th]] anniversary. Here the Black Guardian alters the Doctor's timeline so he never leaves Gallifrey, meaning Earth is the battleground for many alien races. This means the 7th 7[[superscript:th]] Doctor, Ace, and Benny have to move back along the Doctor's timestream to recover the segments of the Key to Time, meeting all the previous Doctors in the process.



* MythologyGag:
** The "Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor" WhamShot is an exaggerated version of the credits Creator/DavidTennant and Creator/MattSmith respectively gained at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]].

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* MythologyGag:
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MythologyGag: The "Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor" WhamShot is an exaggerated version of the credits Creator/DavidTennant and Creator/MattSmith respectively gained had at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]].



** We only glimpse a couple of moments where a Clara echo is actually shown affecting the Doctor's behaviour. All the thousands upon thousands of actions the many Claras took to undo the Great Intelligence's interference take place off screen.

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** We only glimpse a couple of moments where a Clara echo is actually shown affecting the Doctor's behaviour. All the thousands upon thousands of actions the many Claras took to undo the Great Intelligence's interference take place off screen.offscreen.



** Strax is transformed into an (even more) psychopathic Sontaran Warrior who attempts to murder Vastra for being "racially impure", when the Doctor's timeline starts to be rewritten and his influence removed from the universe.

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** Strax is transformed into an (even more) psychopathic Sontaran Warrior warrior who attempts to murder Vastra for being "racially impure", when the Doctor's timeline starts to be rewritten and his influence removed from the universe.



-->'''The Doctor:''' Hold still, this won't hurt a bit. (''hooks Clara up to the TARDIS' telepathic circuits'')\\

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-->'''The Doctor:''' Hold still, this won't hurt a bit. (''hooks ''[hooks Clara up to the TARDIS' telepathic circuits'')\\circuits]''\\



** The Doctor jokes about retiring and [[Literature/SherlockHolmes taking up beekeeping.]] ShowRunner Creator/StevenMoffat is also in charge of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.

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** The Doctor jokes about retiring and [[Literature/SherlockHolmes taking up beekeeping.]] beekeeping]]. ShowRunner Creator/StevenMoffat is also in charge of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.



* TimeyWimeyBall: Vastra, Strax, Jenny and even the rest of the universe all react at different rates to the Great Intelligence's interference in the past for complicated temporal reasons that are not explicated.

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* TimeyWimeyBall: Vastra, Strax, Jenny and even the rest of the universe all react at different rates to the Great Intelligence's interference in the past for complicated temporal reasons that are not explicated.explained.



** While some mysteries are at least arguably resolved (The Fall of the Eleventh[[note]]The Eleventh Doctor forces the TARDIS to fall to Trenzalore[[/note]] and possibly why "No living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer" [[note]]For the Doctor at least -- if he spoke falsely or failed to answer, his friends would die[[/note]]), the Doctor's name is not one of them, as River says it offscreen. There is also no explanation for the question of the Doctor's name being the "oldest in the universe", how it is hidden in plain sight, nor it is explained how River knows his name.[[note]]The Doctor lied about telling it to her in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], but she did know it when he first met her.[[/note]] It's also not ''entirely'' settled as to whether the Silence still have anything to do with Trenzalore, or why "Silence must fall". It should be noted, however, that this episode is in fact the first part of a trilogy that also includes [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], and many of these answers are revealed in the latter.

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** While some mysteries are at least arguably resolved (The Fall of the Eleventh[[note]]The Eleventh Doctor forces the TARDIS to fall to Trenzalore[[/note]] and possibly why "No living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer" [[note]]For answer"[[note]]For the Doctor at least -- if he spoke falsely or failed to answer, his friends would die[[/note]]), the Doctor's name is not one of them, as River says it offscreen. There is also no explanation for the question of the Doctor's name being the "oldest in the universe", how it is hidden in plain sight, nor it is explained how River knows his name.[[note]]The Doctor lied about telling it to her in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], but she did know it when he first met her.[[/note]] It's also not ''entirely'' settled as to whether the Silence still have anything to do with Trenzalore, or why "Silence must fall". It should be noted, however, that this episode is in fact the first part of a trilogy that also includes [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], and many of these answers are revealed in the latter.



* WalkingSpoiler: Knowing much of anything about the mysterious figure at the end of the episode gives away {{the reveal}} that [[WhamLine John Hurt is the Doctor.]]

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* WalkingSpoiler: Knowing much of anything about the mysterious figure at the end of the episode gives away {{the reveal}} that [[WhamLine John Hurt is the Doctor.]]Doctor]].



* WriteBackToTheFuture: Madame Vastra, needing to draw Clara into a psychic conference, writes a letter to her and arranges for it to be delivered on April 10 2013. The letter is impregnated with a drug to knock her out.

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* WriteBackToTheFuture: Madame Vastra, needing to draw Clara into a psychic conference, writes a letter to her and arranges for it to be delivered on April 10 10, 2013. The letter is impregnated with a drug to knock her out.
9th May '17 11:10:19 PM bowserbros
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Added DiffLines:

The one with the drugged letter.
26th Apr '17 7:50:57 PM AthenaBlue
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* ShaggyDogStory: One where the villain is on the receiving end. The Great Intelligence goes into the Doctor's timeline to undo all the good he had done, knowing full well that the process would ultimately kill him. However, Clara jumps in after him and [[BuffySpeak undoes his undoing]] of the Doctor's efforts (or at least putting a band-aid on the damage), ensuring that the Great Intelligence's schemes were in vain and [[ShootTheShaggyDog that he died for nothing.]], [[DeathSeeker:although there are several hints that the Great Intelligence had another motivation for stepping into the timeline.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: One where the villain is on the receiving end. The Great Intelligence goes into the Doctor's timeline to undo all the good he had done, knowing full well that the process would ultimately kill him. However, Clara jumps in after him and [[BuffySpeak undoes his undoing]] of the Doctor's efforts (or at least putting a band-aid on the damage), ensuring that the Great Intelligence's schemes were in vain and [[ShootTheShaggyDog that he died for nothing.]], [[DeathSeeker:although [[DeathSeeker although there are several hints that the Great Intelligence had another motivation for stepping into the timeline.]]timeline]].
22nd Mar '17 8:08:39 PM AthenaBlue
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* DeathSeeker: The Great Intelligence as implied through several of his lines.

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* DeathSeeker: The Great Intelligence Intelligence, as implied through several of his lines.
14th Mar '17 2:27:19 PM powerofone65
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* DeathSeeker: The Great Intelligence as implied through several of his lines.



* ShaggyDogStory: One where the villain is on the receiving end. The Great Intelligence goes into the Doctor's timeline to undo all the good he had done, knowing full well that the process would ultimately kill him. However, Clara jumps in after him and [[BuffySpeak undoes his undoing]] of the Doctor's efforts (or at least putting a band-aid on the damage), ensuring that the Great Intelligence's schemes were in vain and [[ShootTheShaggyDog that he died for nothing.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: One where the villain is on the receiving end. The Great Intelligence goes into the Doctor's timeline to undo all the good he had done, knowing full well that the process would ultimately kill him. However, Clara jumps in after him and [[BuffySpeak undoes his undoing]] of the Doctor's efforts (or at least putting a band-aid on the damage), ensuring that the Great Intelligence's schemes were in vain and [[ShootTheShaggyDog that he died for nothing.]], [[DeathSeeker:although there are several hints that the Great Intelligence had another motivation for stepping into the timeline.]]
7th Mar '17 5:50:12 PM AthenaBlue
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Prequel: "She Said, He Said". Clara and The Doctor tell the viewer about how mysterious they find one another, and how they discovered one another's true identity when they went to the fields of Trenzalore... Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtaIpkjF6Ss on YouTube]].

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Prequel: "She Said, He Said". Clara and The Doctor tell the viewer about how mysterious they find one another, and how they discovered one another's true identity when they went to the fields of Trenzalore... Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtaIpkjF6Ss on YouTube]].
Written by Creator/StevenMoffat.



Prequel: "She Said, He Said". Clara and The Doctor tell the viewer about how mysterious they find one another, and how they discovered one another's true identity when they went to the fields of Trenzalore . . . Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtaIpkjF6Ss on YouTube]].
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Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax (who's spending the weekend in Glasgow because... he just ''really'' likes [[ViolentGlaswegian Glasgow]]) arrange a dreamscape séance across space and time, conferring about the danger the Doctor is in -- something is intruding into his reality and will require the secret he'd take to his grave, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingofRiverSong on the fields of Trenzalore]]. Also attending the "conference" are Clara (summoned to the dreamscape through a soporific-coated letter sent many years before her time by Vastra) and River Song. More precisely, River Song's VirtualGhost, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead still living on as a fragment of memory in the Library]]. As Clara and River meet for the first time, Jenny realises with horror that she left the door open back in reality, and promptly gets herself almost killed by the once again assumed physical body of the Great Intelligence (still Creator/RichardEGrant!) and his legion of "Whispermen".

Clara breaks free of the trance and finds the Doctor stumbling blindfolded through her house, trying to babysit Angie and Artie, who have in fact tricked him and gone to the cinema. As soon as she mentions the séance and Trenzalore, the Doctor properly breaks down and begins to silently cry. He explains that the ExactWords meant that it's not his ''secret'' that is at Trenzalore, but his ''grave''. The TARDIS is just as reluctant as the Doctor is to go there, and with good reason: not just because it's really bad for the web of time to do that sort of thing, but also because it's her grave as well. The Doctor shuts her down completely and forces her to fall down onto the planet... [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong the fall of the Eleventh]].

The TARDIS's future self stands as a giant atop the catacombs, NotQuiteDead, with her dimensional transcendence having spilled out to her exterior. The fields of Trenzalore have merged with her body and show her memories as gravestones, and her tunnels reach down far underneath the ground. River, who's kept her psychic connection to Clara from the séance open, joins them there as a spectre -- appearing real to Clara, but unseen by the Doctor.

As Clara and the Doctor navigate through the underground catacombs, she quite violently remembers [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis the Doctor telling her how she dies, twice]]. The Doctor notes that it's ''really'' not the appropriate moment to have that conversation, especially since she shouldn't even logically have memories of it. Once they reach the centre of the tomb, the Great Intelligence is waiting for them, along with Vastra, Strax and Jenny (who was saved from the brink of death by Strax).

The Great Intelligence reveals that Trenzalore is where the Doctor died, during a minor skirmish that was nothing compared to any of his other battles -- but it was enough to finally kill him. Both the Great Intelligence and the Doctor know that only his name can open the tomb, but the Doctor refuses to say it, even when the Whispermen are about to murder his friends. It's River who does eventually say it, unheard by anyone. The tomb opens and reveals the Doctor's corpse in the very core of the decaying TARDIS -- a mass of light representing every scar the Doctor ever left in the web of time with his travels. The Great Intelligence steps inside it, and begins to work his way through the Doctor's life, erasing the Doctor's actions throughout time and space. Soon enough, [[TheStarsAreGoingOut the stars start going out]]. Jenny vanishes (to Vastra's great distress) since she was never saved by the Doctor, and Strax, who never bettered his life, becomes a more unhinged Sontaran than we've seen, and begins to attack Vastra, forcing her to vaporize him. Clara realizes what she has to do in order to save reality and follows the Great Intelligence inside, scattering herself across time and space along with him. Everywhere the Great Intelligence tried to stop the Doctor, a reborn version of Clara would be there, native to that time period, to preserve the timeline. Like River, she'd be nothing more than a copy, but she'd have a chance to keep reality safe.

Jenny and Strax are restored almost immediately, and the stars come back on cue, but the Doctor can't cope well with losing his companion. He confronts River (whom he can see just fine -- he could ''always'' see her just fine). River asks him why he never sought her out after he preserved her memory at the Library, and he explains that it would simply hurt him too much. After a tremendously BigDamnKiss (since nobody else in this room could see River, God knows how that looked), the Doctor finally, for the first time, bids River a proper goodbye. Not a farewell, just a goodbye. He jumps into his own mess of tangled time scars after Clara.

Clara's going absolutely insane from seeing all Doctors run around her in the surreal, barren mindscape in which her final "real" consciousness ends up. The Doctor rushes towards her and clings to her, and all is well again...

Until they see the unbelievable: there is ''another'' individual among the previous ten Doctors that have been seen in action. Unlike the rest of the echoes of the Doctor, this one is standing eerily still, with his body cloaked in shadows and his head slouched downward in a position of regret. And the Doctor is terrified of him.

The Doctor tries to urge Clara to leave his timestream and not question the origins of the figure in front of them, desperately masking that person's identity. But she's already seen the one thing no one should have ever had access to inside the Doctor's memories. His biggest secret isn't his name, it's a person (played by Creator/JohnHurt). A incarnation of the Doctor who committed an act so horrifying, he had to ''give up'' [[TitleDrop the name of "the Doctor"]]. To be continued...

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Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax (who's spending the weekend in Glasgow because...because . . . he just ''really'' likes [[ViolentGlaswegian Glasgow]]) arrange a dreamscape séance across space and time, conferring about the danger the Doctor is in -- something is intruding into his reality and will require the secret he'd take to his grave, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingofRiverSong on the fields of Trenzalore]]. Also attending the "conference" are Clara (summoned to the dreamscape through a soporific-coated letter sent many years before her time by Vastra) and River Song. More precisely, River Song's VirtualGhost, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead still living on as a fragment of memory in the Library]]. As Clara and River meet for the first time, Jenny realises with horror that she left the door open back in reality, and promptly gets herself almost killed by the once again assumed physical body of the Great Intelligence (still Creator/RichardEGrant!) and his legion of "Whispermen".

Clara breaks free of the trance and finds the Doctor stumbling blindfolded through her house, trying to babysit Angie and Artie, who have in fact tricked him and gone to the cinema. As soon as she mentions the séance and Trenzalore, the Doctor properly breaks down and begins to silently cry. He explains that the ExactWords meant that it's not his ''secret'' that is at Trenzalore, but his ''grave''. The TARDIS is just as reluctant as the Doctor is to go there, and with good reason: not just because it's really bad for the web of time to do that sort of thing, but also because it's her grave as well. The Doctor shuts her down completely and forces her to fall down onto the planet... planet . . . [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong the fall of the Eleventh]].

Eleventh]].

The TARDIS's future self stands as a giant atop the catacombs, NotQuiteDead, with her dimensional transcendence having spilled out to her exterior. The fields of Trenzalore have merged with her body and show her memories as gravestones, and her tunnels reach down far underneath the ground. River, who's kept her psychic connection to Clara from the séance open, joins them there as a spectre -- appearing real to Clara, but unseen by the Doctor.

Doctor.

As Clara and the Doctor navigate through the underground catacombs, she quite violently remembers [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis the Doctor telling her how she dies, twice]]. The Doctor notes that it's ''really'' not the appropriate moment to have that conversation, especially since she shouldn't even logically have memories of it. Once they reach the centre of the tomb, the Great Intelligence is waiting for them, along with Vastra, Strax and Jenny (who was saved from the brink of death by Strax).

Strax).

The Great Intelligence reveals that Trenzalore is where the Doctor died, during a minor skirmish that was nothing compared to any of his other battles -- but it was enough to finally kill him. Both the Great Intelligence and the Doctor know that only his name can open the tomb, but the Doctor refuses to say it, even when the Whispermen are about to murder his friends. It's River who does eventually say it, unheard by anyone. The tomb opens and reveals the Doctor's corpse in the very core of the decaying TARDIS -- a mass of light representing every scar the Doctor ever left in the web of time with his travels. The Great Intelligence steps inside it, and begins to work his way through the Doctor's life, erasing the Doctor's actions throughout time and space. Soon enough, [[TheStarsAreGoingOut the stars start going out]]. Jenny vanishes (to Vastra's great distress) since she was never saved by the Doctor, and Strax, who never bettered his life, becomes a more unhinged Sontaran than we've seen, and begins to attack Vastra, forcing her to vaporize him. Clara realizes what she has to do in order to save reality and follows the Great Intelligence inside, scattering herself across time and space along with him. Everywhere the Great Intelligence tried to stop the Doctor, a reborn version of Clara would be there, native to that time period, to preserve the timeline. Like River, she'd be nothing more than a copy, but she'd have a chance to keep reality safe.

safe.

Jenny and Strax are restored almost immediately, and the stars come back on cue, but the Doctor can't cope well with losing his companion. He confronts River (whom he can see just fine -- he could ''always'' see her just fine). River asks him why he never sought her out after he preserved her memory at the Library, and he explains that it would simply hurt him too much. After a tremendously BigDamnKiss (since nobody else in this room could see River, God knows how that looked), the Doctor finally, for the first time, bids River a proper goodbye. Not a farewell, just a goodbye. He jumps into his own mess of tangled time scars after Clara.

Clara.

Clara's going absolutely insane from seeing all Doctors run around her in the surreal, barren mindscape in which her final "real" consciousness ends up. The Doctor rushes towards her and clings to her, and all is well again...

again . . .

Until they see the unbelievable: there is ''another'' individual among the previous ten Doctors that have been seen in action. Unlike the rest of the echoes of the Doctor, this one is standing eerily still, with his body cloaked in shadows and his head slouched downward in a position of regret. And the Doctor is terrified of him.

him.

The Doctor tries to urge Clara to leave his timestream and not question the origins of the figure in front of them, desperately masking that person's identity. But she's already seen the one thing no one should have ever had access to inside the Doctor's memories. His biggest secret isn't his name, it's a person (played by Creator/JohnHurt). A incarnation of the Doctor who committed an act so horrifying, he had to ''give up'' [[TitleDrop the name of "the Doctor"]]. To be continued...
continued . . .



* AllThereInTheManual: ''The Doctor's Lives and Times'', a book comprised of documents written by and about the Doctor and released as part of the 50[-[[superscript:th]]-] anniversary, tied into "The Name of the Doctor" by photoshopping Clara into various photos. At one point she's disguised as a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Movellan]].

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* AllThereInTheManual: ''The Doctor's Lives and Times'', a book comprised of documents written by and about the Doctor and released as part of the 50[-[[superscript:th]]-] 50[[superscript:th]] anniversary, tied into "The Name of the Doctor" by photoshopping Clara into various photos. At one point she's disguised as a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Movellan]].



** "Trenzalore" goes back as far as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingofRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]".

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** "Trenzalore" goes back as far as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingofRiverSong The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingofRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song]]".Song"]].



** River recounts how she died in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Forest of the Dead]]" to Clara.
** Madame Vastra and Jenny both note it should be impossible for Dr. Simeon to still be alive after his death in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]".
** Clara freaks out at the Doctor when she starts remembering the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]".

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** River recounts how she died in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Forest [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead]]" Dead"]] to Clara.
** Madame Vastra and Jenny both note it should be impossible for Dr. Simeon to still be alive after his death in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]".
[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]].
** Clara freaks out at the Doctor when she starts remembering the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis Journey [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]".TARDIS"]].



** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten Leaf]] that brought Clara's parents together shows up again -- and this time it really is "the most important leaf in human history".

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** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten Leaf]] leaf]] that brought Clara's parents together shows up again -- and this time it really is "the most important leaf in human history".



** Inside the tomb, after he uses his sonic screwdriver on the portal of light that leads into his timeline, voices from the Doctor's past can be heard exuding from the light. Among them are the First Doctor saying, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild "Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension?]]" and the Sixth Doctor saying, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe "...they're still in the nursery compared to us!]]"
** The Great Intelligence, whilst trying to get the Doctor's name from him, mentions him as a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens blood-soaked warrior]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays the Storm]], the Beast, the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe Valeyard]]...

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** Inside the tomb, after he uses his sonic screwdriver on the portal of light that leads into his timeline, voices from the Doctor's past can be heard exuding from the light. Among them are the First Doctor saying, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild "Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension?]]" and the Sixth Doctor saying, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe "...". . . they're still in the nursery compared to us!]]"
** The Great Intelligence, whilst trying to get the Doctor's name from him, mentions him as a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens blood-soaked warrior]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays the Storm]], the Beast, the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe Valeyard]]...Valeyard]] . . .



** When The Great Intelligence is sabotaging all of the Doctor's victories, Madam Vastra mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "The Caves of Androzani"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]].

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** When The the Great Intelligence is sabotaging all of the Doctor's victories, Madam Madame Vastra mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "The Caves of Androzani"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]].



** Clara shows up in multiple scenes from every era of ''Doctor Who'' in quick succession, including the First stealing his TARDIS on Gallifrey, and the Third riding Bessie, his iconic canary yellow roadster. Episodes featured: [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] -- Creator/JonPertwee / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime "The Invasion of Time"]] -- Creator/TomBaker / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E1ArcOfInfinity "Arc of Infinity"]] -- Creator/PeterDavison / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]] -- Creator/SylvesterMcCoy / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]] -- Creator/DavidTennant. Shopped footage taken from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]] was used for Creator/WilliamHartnell and from "The Five Doctors" for Creator/PatrickTroughton. As the Great Intelligence attacks the Doctor's timestream footage is seen from "The Aztecs" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear "The Web of Fear"]]. [[FakeShemp Stand-ins were used for]] Creator/PaulMcGann (seen for a split second before Troughton runs past Clara) and Creator/ChristopherEccleston. To round it off, a FakeShemp version of Creator/ColinBaker appears walking behind Clara during what appears to be an unseen adventure on a spaceship. Actual shots and audio of ''all'' Doctors are used when the [[SwirlyEnergyThingy Time rift]] is first seen.

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** Clara shows up in multiple scenes from every era of ''Doctor Who'' in quick succession, including the First stealing his TARDIS on Gallifrey, and the Third riding driving Bessie, his iconic canary yellow roadster. Episodes featured: [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] -- Creator/JonPertwee / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime "The Invasion of Time"]] -- Creator/TomBaker / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E1ArcOfInfinity "Arc of Infinity"]] -- Creator/PeterDavison / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]] -- Creator/SylvesterMcCoy / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]] -- Creator/DavidTennant. Shopped footage taken from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]] was used for Creator/WilliamHartnell and from "The Five Doctors" for Creator/PatrickTroughton. As the Great Intelligence attacks the Doctor's timestream footage is seen from "The Aztecs" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear "The Web of Fear"]]. [[FakeShemp Stand-ins were used for]] Creator/PaulMcGann (seen for a split second before Troughton runs past Clara) and Creator/ChristopherEccleston. To round it off, a FakeShemp version of Creator/ColinBaker appears walking behind Clara during what appears to be an unseen adventure on a spaceship. Actual shots and audio of ''all'' Doctors are used when the [[SwirlyEnergyThingy Time rift]] is first seen.



* ContinuitySnarl: Did the Doctor steal that particular TARDIS because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife she was the one that was unlocked]], or because Clara told him to? Given the Great Intelligence's temporal meddling, this snarl is one in-universe because we have three timelines: Original, The Great Intelligence's meddling, and the Clara echo's fixing. Perhaps the one he tried first was actually locked in the retconned timeline. It may be that the Doctor originally picked the correct TARDIS, but the Great Intelligence locked her doors, nearly forcing the Doctor to pick another, until Clara stepped in. She pointed him to the one TARDIS in the vault that happened to have her security mechanisms disabled (on the TARDIS's own accord), saving him the time he'd have needed to get the one operational/crack the lock/password/whatever. Presumably, this meant the difference between successfully fleeing the planet and getting caught.

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* ContinuitySnarl: Did the Doctor steal that particular TARDIS because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife she was the one that was unlocked]], or because Clara told him to? Given the Great Intelligence's temporal meddling, this snarl is one in-universe because we have three timelines: Original, The the Great Intelligence's meddling, and the Clara echo's fixing. Perhaps the one he tried first was actually locked in the retconned timeline. It may be that the Doctor originally picked the correct TARDIS, but the Great Intelligence locked her doors, nearly forcing the Doctor to pick another, until Clara stepped in. She pointed him to the one TARDIS in the vault that happened to have her security mechanisms disabled (on the TARDIS's TARDIS' own accord), saving him the time he'd have needed to get the one operational/crack the lock/password/whatever. Presumably, this meant the difference between successfully fleeing the planet and getting caught.



* DoubleMeaning
-->'''Strax:''' The heart is a relatively simple thing.
-->'''Vastra:''' ''(cradling Jenny)'' I have not found it to be so.

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* DoubleMeaning
DoubleMeaning:
-->'''Strax:''' The heart is a relatively simple thing.
-->'''Vastra:'''
thing.\\
'''Vastra:'''
''(cradling Jenny)'' I have not found it to be so.



** Lampshaded by the Doctor when he berates Clara for not getting what the killer at the start was saying, when he said "There is one secret the Doctor will take to the grave... ''it'' is discovered."
** The title is an example as well: It doesn't refer to The Doctor's name, as many expected, but rather to the name "The Doctor" and what it means to use it.

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** Lampshaded by the Doctor when he berates Clara for not getting what the killer at the start was saying, when he said "There is one secret the Doctor will take to the grave...grave . . . ''it'' is discovered."
** The title is an example as well: It doesn't refer to The the Doctor's name, as many expected, but rather to the name "The Doctor" and what it means to use it.



* FreezeFrameBonus: They're ''all'' in there, but...

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* FreezeFrameBonus: They're ''all'' in there, but...but . . .



* HilariousInHindsight: The [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong 2015 Christmas special]] would reveal that by the time of her death in the Library, River had already met the Twelfth Doctor. It is therefore very possible that, despite not letting on, she already knows at least something of Clara's future. This adds extra humour to her realization that the Doctor had given Clara the impression that River was a man.



** Zigzagged with Clara. Although the episode reveals that she remembers information she heard in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]", even though the timeline was reset, one key piece of information that does not survive that she obtained in the previous episode was the Doctor's name.

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** Zigzagged with Clara. Although the episode reveals that she remembers information she heard in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis Journey [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]", TARDIS"]], even though the timeline was reset, one key piece of information that does not survive that she obtained in the previous that episode was the Doctor's name.



** The episode references a lot of ideas from the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novels ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresAlienBodies Alien Bodies]]'', ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresUnnaturalHistory Unnatural History]]'' and ''The Room with No Doors''. The link to ''Unnatural History'', in which the Doctor's lifeline becomes a scar woven through space and time, which the villain -- dressed as a Victorian undertaker -- is going to attempt to use to rewrite his life, until the Doctor's companion (who he's met before in a different version) saves the day by leaping into it at the cost of her own existence is one of them.

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** The episode references a lot of ideas from the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novels ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresAlienBodies Alien Bodies]]'', ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresUnnaturalHistory Unnatural History]]'' and ''The Room with No Doors''. The link to ''Unnatural History'', in which the Doctor's lifeline becomes a scar woven through space and time, which the villain -- dressed as a Victorian undertaker -- is going to attempt to use to rewrite his life, until the Doctor's companion (who he's met before in a different version) saves the day by leaping into it at the cost of her own existence existence, is one of them. the strongest.



** There are also similarities to the comic ''Time and Time Again'' by Creator/PaulCornell to celebrate the 30[-[[superscript:th]]-] anniversary. Here the Black Guardian alters the Doctor's timeline so he never leaves Gallifrey, meaning Earth is the battleground for many alien races. This means the 7th Doctor, Ace, and Benny have to move back along the Doctor's timestream to recover the segments of the Key to Time, meeting all the previous Doctors in the process.

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** There are also similarities to the comic ''Time and Time Again'' by Creator/PaulCornell to celebrate the 30[-[[superscript:th]]-] 30[[superscript:th]] anniversary. Here the Black Guardian alters the Doctor's timeline so he never leaves Gallifrey, meaning Earth is the battleground for many alien races. This means the 7th Doctor, Ace, and Benny have to move back along the Doctor's timestream to recover the segments of the Key to Time, meeting all the previous Doctors in the process.



** The joyful moment of triumph when the Doctor manages to find Clara and rescue her from being completely lost within his time-stream is undercut seconds later when the Doctor is forced to confront his forgotten incarnation, who apparently did something so horrific that the Doctor refuses to consider him "The Doctor".

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** The joyful moment of triumph when the Doctor manages to find Clara and rescue her from being completely lost within his time-stream timestream is undercut seconds later when the Doctor is forced to confront his forgotten incarnation, who apparently did something so horrific that the Doctor refuses to consider him "The Doctor".



** The "Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor" WhamShot is an exaggerated version of the credits Creator/DavidTennant and Creator/MattSmith respectively gained at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays The Parting of the Ways]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]".

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** The "Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor" WhamShot is an exaggerated version of the credits Creator/DavidTennant and Creator/MattSmith respectively gained at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways]]" Ways"]] and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time]]".Time"]].



* NotNowKiddo: Occurs in tragic fashion during the Conference Call, by Vastra to Jenny when the latter realizes that she hadn't locked the door.

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* NotNowKiddo: Occurs in tragic fashion during the Conference Call, conference call, by Vastra to Jenny when the latter realizes that she hadn't locked the door.



* RevengeBeforeReason: The Great Intelligence will gladly destroy ''himself'' in order to obtain it. This of course contradicts the Intelligence's character as shown in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", where it makes clear to the Doctor that he didn't want revenge from the last time he'd been defeated, noting that "revenge is a very human emotion."

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* RevengeBeforeReason: The Great Intelligence will gladly destroy ''himself'' in order to obtain it. This of course contradicts the Intelligence's character as shown in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear "The Web of Fear]]", Fear"]], where it makes clear to the Doctor that he didn't want revenge from the last time he'd been defeated, noting that "revenge is a very human emotion."



* ShaggyDogStory: One where the villain is on the receiving end. The Great Intelligence goes into The Doctor's timeline to undo all the good he had done, knowing full well that the process would ultimately kill him. However, Clara jumps in after him and [[BuffySpeak undoes his undoing]] of the Doctor's efforts (or at least putting a band-aid on the damage), ensuring that the Great Intelligence's schemes were in vain and [[ShootTheShaggyDog that he died for nothing.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns:Before the Whispermen come for Strax,the man he was fighting in a humorous scene is gone.

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* ShaggyDogStory: One where the villain is on the receiving end. The Great Intelligence goes into The the Doctor's timeline to undo all the good he had done, knowing full well that the process would ultimately kill him. However, Clara jumps in after him and [[BuffySpeak undoes his undoing]] of the Doctor's efforts (or at least putting a band-aid on the damage), ensuring that the Great Intelligence's schemes were in vain and [[ShootTheShaggyDog that he died for nothing.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns:Before ShooOutTheClowns: Before the Whispermen come for Strax,the Strax, the man he was fighting in a humorous scene is gone.



--->'''Mystery Man:''' What I did, I did without choice... in the name of peace and sanity...\\
'''The Doctor:''' ...But not in the Name of the Doctor.

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--->'''Mystery Man:''' What I did, I did without choice... choice . . . in the name of peace and sanity...sanity . . .\\
'''The Doctor:''' ...Doctor:''' . . . But not in the Name of the Doctor.



** While some mysteries are at least arguably resolved (The Fall of the Eleventh[[note]]The Eleventh Doctor forces the TARDIS to fall to Trenzalore[[/note]] and possibly why "No living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer" [[note]]For the Doctor at least -- if he spoke falsely or failed to answer, his friends would die[[/note]]), the Doctor's name is not one of them, as River says it offscreen. There is also no explanation for the question of the Doctor's name being the "oldest in the universe", how it is hidden in plain sight, nor it is explained how River knows his name.[[note]]The Doctor lied about telling it to her in "The Wedding of River Song", but she did know it when he first met her.[[/note]] It's also not ''entirely'' settled as to whether The Silence still have anything to do with Trenzalore, or why "Silence must fall". It should be noted, however, that this episode is in fact the first part of a trilogy that also includes "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]", and many of these answers are revealed in the latter.
** The "conference call", never before seen before or since is never fully explained. Such as how a woman sleeping in 2013 could be brought into it, and how River, who at this point in her existence is little more than data in a 50[-[[superscript:th]]-]-century library, could also take part.
* UnusualEuphemism: Upon learning that the kids tricked him, the Doctor refers to them as "those little... Daleks".

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** While some mysteries are at least arguably resolved (The Fall of the Eleventh[[note]]The Eleventh Doctor forces the TARDIS to fall to Trenzalore[[/note]] and possibly why "No living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer" [[note]]For the Doctor at least -- if he spoke falsely or failed to answer, his friends would die[[/note]]), the Doctor's name is not one of them, as River says it offscreen. There is also no explanation for the question of the Doctor's name being the "oldest in the universe", how it is hidden in plain sight, nor it is explained how River knows his name.[[note]]The Doctor lied about telling it to her in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song", Song"]], but she did know it when he first met her.[[/note]] It's also not ''entirely'' settled as to whether The the Silence still have anything to do with Trenzalore, or why "Silence must fall". It should be noted, however, that this episode is in fact the first part of a trilogy that also includes "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor]]" Doctor"]] and "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor]]", Doctor"]], and many of these answers are revealed in the latter.
** The "conference call", never before seen before or since is never fully explained. Such as how a woman sleeping in 2013 could be brought into it, and how River, who at this point in her existence is little more than data in a 50[-[[superscript:th]]-]-century 51[[superscript:st]]-century library, could also take part.
* UnusualEuphemism: Upon learning that the kids tricked him, the Doctor refers to them as "those little...little . . . Daleks".



--->'''The Doctor / Clara:''' ...I found out on the day we went to Trenzalore.

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--->'''The Doctor / Clara:''' ...Doctor[=/=]Clara:''' . . . I found out on the day we went to Trenzalore.



--->'''Clara:''' But... I never saw that one.

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--->'''Clara:''' But...But . . . I never saw that one.



--->'''Clara:''' But... I never saw that one.

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--->'''Clara:''' But...But . . . I never saw that one.
17th Feb '17 10:48:07 PM AthenaBlue
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(Prequel: "She Said, He Said". Clara and The Doctor tell the viewer about how mysterious they find one another, and how they discovered one another's true identity when they went to the fields of Trenzalore... Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtaIpkjF6Ss on YouTube]].)

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(Prequel: Prequel: "She Said, He Said". Clara and The Doctor tell the viewer about how mysterious they find one another, and how they discovered one another's true identity when they went to the fields of Trenzalore... Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtaIpkjF6Ss on YouTube]].)
YouTube]].

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** Introducing '''John Hurt''' as '''The Doctor'''

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** Introducing '''John Hurt''' as '''The Doctor'''Doctor'''. (Also counts as a WhamLine.)



* TheXOfY: "The Name of the Doctor" is the '''121[[superscript:st]]''' of the series -- being [[FridgeBrilliance 11]][[superscript:2]]

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* TheXOfY: "The Name of the Doctor" is the '''121[[superscript:st]]''' of the series -- being [[FridgeBrilliance 11]][[superscript:2]]
11]][[superscript:2]].
13th Feb '17 9:46:38 AM AthenaBlue
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Added DiffLines:

* RuleOfThree: This is the third time this exchange has taken place, after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels River did it to Amy]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Rory did it to his dad]].
-->'''The Doctor:''' Hold still, this won't hurt a bit. (''hooks Clara up to the TARDIS' telepathic circuits'')\\
'''Clara:''' ''Ouch!''\\
'''The Doctor:''' I lied.
13th Feb '17 9:32:11 AM AthenaBlue
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* ContinuitySnarl: Did the Doctor steal that particular TARDIS because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife she was the one that was unlocked]], or because Clara told him to? Given the Great Intelligence's temporal meddling, this snarl is one in-universe because we have three time lines: Original, The Great Intelligence's meddling, and the Clara echo's fixing. Perhaps the one he tried first was actually locked in the retconned timeline. It may be that the Doctor originally picked the correct TARDIS, but the Great Intelligence locked her doors, nearly forcing the Doctor to pick another, until Clara stepped in. She pointed him to the one TARDIS in the vault that happened to have her security mechanisms disabled (on the TARDIS's own accord), saving him the time he'd have needed to get the one operational/crack the lock/password/whatever. Presumably, this meant the difference between successfully fleeing the planet and getting caught.

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* ContinuitySnarl: Did the Doctor steal that particular TARDIS because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife she was the one that was unlocked]], or because Clara told him to? Given the Great Intelligence's temporal meddling, this snarl is one in-universe because we have three time lines: timelines: Original, The Great Intelligence's meddling, and the Clara echo's fixing. Perhaps the one he tried first was actually locked in the retconned timeline. It may be that the Doctor originally picked the correct TARDIS, but the Great Intelligence locked her doors, nearly forcing the Doctor to pick another, until Clara stepped in. She pointed him to the one TARDIS in the vault that happened to have her security mechanisms disabled (on the TARDIS's own accord), saving him the time he'd have needed to get the one operational/crack the lock/password/whatever. Presumably, this meant the difference between successfully fleeing the planet and getting caught.



** During the Doctor's first encounter with Vastra, he saved Jenny's life. The circumstances are not revealed.

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** During Also, Oswin Oswald seems to have visited the Doctor's Library at the same time as the Tenth Doctor -- apparently ''before'' it was sealed off due to the Vashta Nerada.
** When the Doctor and Vastra
first encounter with Vastra, met Jenny, he saved Jenny's her life. The circumstances No further details are not revealed.given.
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