The Doctors Name

Does anyone of the old series Fans know which situation the doctor meant, when he told there was only one reason he could have told Dr. River Song his name?


It was heartbreaking.


A really brilliant episode...

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Jun 10, 2008 5:20PM EDT

I loved it too! Sadly, I don't think there are any answers in the original series either.
He used to have a nickname that a fellow Time Lord used back in the "Academy," but other than that, the Doctor never engaged in any kind of relationship overtly onscreen during the original series run.

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Jun 10, 2008 6:13PM EDT

Pure speculation, but I wonder if it would not be that he could only share his true name with his spouse. Maybe he married her?

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Jun 11, 2008 11:14PM EDT

That's the only thing I can think would cause the Doctor to tell someone his true name. They did have an interesting reaction when Lux said they were "fighting like an old married couple."

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Jun 12, 2008 12:14PM EDT

in the old series, there was certain things going on and being said that sometime in the future he get married.all thats happened in this episode is that he has met his future wife, but in a altered order (meeting her, before he has "met" her)so she knows his name because she is/will be his wife.

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Jun 13, 2008 4:46AM EDT

He gave her his sonic screw driver to save her life, he told her his name for the sake of getting him to trust her when his younger self comes. The Doctor is above marriage and other primate activities.
He knew she was gonna die the whole time they traveled together, everything he did was to keep the timeline the same because he made a promise not to change anything.

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Jun 13, 2008 5:44PM EDT

Well in the very first episode of Doctor Who, in the 60s.
He is an old man with a grandaughter living in a trash dump.
So obviously he got married at some point, and had a kid, who had another kid.
whether they decide to connect that doctor with the new ones, i dont know.
b ut thats wht i know...

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Jun 13, 2008 8:39PM EDT

i am wonndering if she could be the elder version of his cloned daughter jeny or aqm i picking at straws its just that it seems that her being his wife is to plausable

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Jun 23, 2008 10:31PM EDT

I'm guessing that the "only one time" the doctor could share his name was on gallifrey. I'd guess (and hope because I think it would be cool for the show) that somehow the return of davros will signal to the doctor that the time war is not sealed off as he thinks. I know somehow the missing bee's have to have something to do with the creation of new daleks, doctor who has always been good at answering questions like that be the end of a series, but bringing back the timelords has been something that fans hoped for last series end and would greatly expand the show's scope.

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Aug 10, 2008 2:58AM EDT

I don't quite believe that it's because they were married; if you watch the scene when Song whispers in his hear, she's very hesitant to reveal that she knows his name, and his reaction is one of quiet devastation. It would seem that whatever situation calls for the Doctor telling it to someone is a grave one. I think the Doctor would be *surprised* if it was revealed to him that he eventually marries (probably not for the first time, by the way, if you keep in mind he had children on Gallifrey), but the look on his face is like somebody just died.That reaction to the "fighting like a married couple" comment, though, does give me pause. I have to wonder if it's supposed to mislead us. My theory is that River Song's story is something none of us could really guess.

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May 11, 2016 2:44PM EDT

Spoilers...
It could go either way, I think. I mean, she's an archeologist, he's a Time Lord... ::shrugs:: They'd make a great pair, either way [I think I read somewhere that the two actors actually started dating, too? Hmmm... Don'o. Anyway!] There's also the diary. Why would he tell an archeologist his ENTIRE Life's story? Why would they both get together to write it all down? Why would she be hesitant to share it with the younger Doctor?
I mean, it would make sense that she would be ANOTHER one of his many companions, right? That's why he was "crying the night before" and why he "couldn't bring [himself] to let [her] go."
I think there's something in the name, though... The Master; The Doctor... All formal names they've given themselves... All beings that can look into the depths of time and space, and see everything that was, is, and will ever be... The name's gotta be SOMEthing devastating. Doesn't it? (Like myths of Demons; you learn their names, and you have dominion over them... etc.)
But, what would be so... Important, that an [almost] eternal being would share something so terribly personal...?
I think that we're on the twelfth Doctor, now, anyway. And... I think they can only regenerate 12 times, right? The 10 was the first bald guy, and the 11th and 12th are the wiry guy with the "great hair."
Just enjoy the ride while it lasts... =0)

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Dec 18, 2008 9:58PM EST

I believe that she was his spouse, and the reason why he had such a look is because he knows he he was stunned and shocked. The Doctor would not marry very easily. Also she hesitated to tell him because one should never reveal the future to somebody from the past as it can have terrible affects on the future.

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Dec 18, 2008 10:00PM EST

oops I messed up that answer........that first sentence does not make sense. He was stunned and shocked. His mind would be filled with mixed emotion.

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Jul 26, 2009 9:00AM EDT

well i don't agree with any one here to tell you the truth i think to tell any one his real name all he needs to do is stop running finally stop running because that's all the doctor has ever done his entire life is run away...and i think to turn around and truly face every thing he has ever done would be the test he would need to endure to tell her his name or any one for that matter

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Feb 3, 2010 11:35AM EST

ok. in my oppinion, i don't think they get married because, if they did, that would be questioning somethings because the Doctor LOVES Rose and he told her that. So how could he go off and get married after that?? and, sorry but this just TOTALLY bugged me when i read it but... Kaui- he is not on his 12th regeneration. Christopher Eccleson "the bald guy (who wasnt bald)" was #9 then came David tennant, #10, and now sadly... Matt Smith "Mr. TOO YOUNG" (in my oppinion) so... NO. this is NOT his last regeneration. and... i havn't really seen any of the old episodes (but i plan to) so i dont know anything about this "only 12 regenerations" thing......So back to the River Song thing... if they were married, why would he leave her?? because she does say he leaves her... and about the "old married couple." People in the series ALWAYS suspect that The Doctor and Donna are a couple.. so why can't he just THINK they are like a couple and not ACTUALLY one...thats all i have to say here. (:

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Jun 26, 2010 2:21PM EDT

what ever happened to his clone daughter anyway

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Jul 16, 2010 9:55PM EDT

Thing is though, in the crash of the Byzantium (I think thts how u spell it) The priest or cleric or whatever tells the Doctor tht River killed a man he says and i quote (tho not word perfect) "She killed a man, a good man, a good man to all"... Who could he mean well my family think tht he means the Doctor but I think tht its to obvious... But who else could he mean,
Btw two other things to mention firstly - the Doctors daughter (Clone) took a bullet for him but instead of a proper regeneration she did what captain Jack would do, she just came back to life...
Secondly - As for the 12 regenerations I dunno but I did watch the Doctor Who movie and tht said tht a Time Lord only got 13 regenerations soo I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo confused about tht, I hope tht there is no limit on his regenerations coz I love tht show and I have not long since got my best mate into it so she and I will be devestated if the programme does end!!!!!!!!!

Anyway Bye Bye for now!

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