Current showrunner Steven Moffat has been chatting with the BBC about the Series 7 finale, The Name of the Doctor. Discussing The Whisper Men, he said, “the thought of stylish whispering almost faceless creatures was an idea that firstly scared me and that I thought would work well in an episode that looks forward and back.” Moving on to the plot itself and the mystery of Clara he added:
“It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctors greatest secret. We’re not pretending, we’re not kidding, it’s actually going to happen. We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far, and one that will change the course of Who forever!”

For more pics, clips and news from The Name of the Doctor visit the episode section HERE


  1. "will change the course of Who forever!"
    You expect people to still buy it when you say that, Moffat?

    It's sad because i used to believe RTD and Moffat when they said things like this and i used to get all excited but nothing big ever really happened. Now i am disheartened before the episode they build up airs and once they air i find it more difficult to believe when they say it the next time.

  2. I honestly hope he IS BSing us with this, because if he isn't he will honestly ruin the whole series for us. I mean, why call it "Doctor Who" if we already know his name? Seriously, Moffat, we don't want this for the 50th anniversary; we'd be more than pleased if you were to ask some of the Classic Era actors to return instead, even if it were just for a cameo. We have been hoping for such a thing in the 50th for AGES, and you're not only withholding that from us, but you're even saying that you're going to reveal the Doctor's name. That is pretty bad.

    Before I say anything else, I will have you know that I am not an old-school Whovian; my first episode was "Amy's Choice", and I have watched every episode of the New Series. However, if you want to alienate people like me who were initially charmed by some of the episodes from your era, you're taking all the right steps.

    So I speak for all Whovians new and old when I say: PLEASE be lying when you talk about revealing the Doctor's name; if your current script follows through on that, for the sake of Whovians and the success of the show itself, please change it. Also, if you can't find a way to work any classic Doctors or companions into your current script, please ask as many actors/actresses as possible to feature in another story; we all have gotten our hopes up for this. Don't let us down, Moffat.

  3. He BETTER be BSing us this time; revealing the Doctor's name would otherwise be the worst decision he has ever made as showrunner. I mean, it'd even render the show's TITLE redundant!

  4. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO please don't tell us the name! Anything bu the name! I will cry! you will make the public cry! you will lose all ur viewers! Please not the name!

  5. I cant describe how disappointed I am after being an avid Dr. WHO watcher for over 30 years. The story line has dived since RTD and although Moffat has excelled in writing some good british storylines I the lack of depth in series 7. My ten year old groans when we.put it on and my daughter spends her time reading during it. Yet they will watch Piper and Tennant ad infinitum!! Come on PLEASE stop portraying the Doctor as a dizzy child and let.him show.his nine hundred years of experience. I want to be thrilled and scared… Come on!

  6. Great point–"dizzy child" is about right. Endless repetition of the same limited grab bag of stories about: reset timeline story devices; parallel realities and different versions of the Dr; timelines out if synch; people dying but not dying; emotions and unscientific stuff saving the day like a kid's fairytale.

    I love Who, but unless there's a Big Bad behind all this to explain it in some sensible way, this Moffat stuff has been a grand ride, but ultimately very disappointing.


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