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May 19th, 2013 229 comments

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The Name of the Doctor Past References

Did you spot all the past Doctor references in The Name of the Doctor?

The Aztecs

The first Doctor clips were a were a mix of archive footage from The Aztecs and new footage.



The Five Doctors

The second and Third Doctor clips were originally from The Five Doctors

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The Invasion of Time

The Fourth Doctor clip was from The Invasion of Time


Arc of Infinity and Dragonfire

The Fifth Doctor clip was from The Arc of Infinity, the Sixth Doctor clip was new footage and the Seventh Doctor clip was from Dragonfire.


The Name of the Doctor

The Eight Doctor may have appeared briefly just before the Second Doctor clip (blink and you’ll miss it!). The Tenth Doctor also appeared briefly.


From left to right: The First Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Fourth Doctor and the Mystery Doctor.




  • ewan

    July 22nd, 2013 - 8:04pm

    i think john hurt is a doctor that time forgot. After the time war the doctor was so upset and had been sent mad that it forced him to regenerate in to john hurt but a ghost of a future doctor came and murged with his body and created the 9th doctor (christopher eccleston)

    • mad man 24791011

      August 5th, 2013 - 2:29pm

      so sorry i split Coffey over the computer this is a different one i am writing on

  • mad man 24791011

    July 18th, 2013 - 9:42pm

    didn’t Russel t Davis in Sarah Jane adventures say that THE DOCTOR has 507 regeneration.if you don’t believe me i have a theory in the time war just before they went to battle they went to rassalons star and gave all the time lords another 550 regeneration’s like the master was resurrected
    in the sound of drums

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2013 - 1:22pm

      May be, its an intresting theory but personaly i think they will just ignore that and say the doctor was joking cos in all fairness russel t davis cant wright doctor who to save his life and saying the doctor could regenerate 507 times was the last straw for me.

    • madman24791011

      July 22nd, 2013 - 1:39pm

      .Yes i do think Russell can’t write doctor who for his life but if the doctor did have 507 lives that means doctor who can go on for alot longer

    • m

      August 1st, 2013 - 1:58am

      Probably not 500 more times, but am I the only one that remembers when River killed the doctor she saved him by giving him her regeneration energy. She could have just given him the spare from that particular energy thus saving him or maybe she gave him her regenerations in general. It wouldn’t be 500 but another 10, that’s not so bad either.

  • fishfingers and custard

    July 11th, 2013 - 12:07am

    okay people here is my theory its pretty sound I must admit
    BTW I might go of track a bit but just read it because it will all make sense

    john hurt is the human doctor(wait for it)….
    because john hurt says “what I did I did it in …..” (I cant remember the rest)then matt smith says “but not in the name of the doctor”

    the 10th doctor had a “mini” regeneration and put his spare regeneration stuff into his spare hand that is in a jar that captain jack carry’s around with him

    donna touched the hand bringing a part human part timelord doctor

    the human/timelord doctor went to live with rose but the real 10th doctor didn’t think that was a good idea because he said it was jeliside

    so back to matt smith and tranzalor
    the human doctor (john hurt) was the doctor just not the real doctor that we all no and love he was the human doctor but he still gets to be at tranzalor because he is kinda timelord and kinda human so he gets to be at tranzalor and plus we saw river songs name on the grave stone so there might be more companions names on more gravestones


    but people say the doctor can only regenerate 13 time so we may not have doctor who ever again soon

    if this was confusing then I’m sorry but its my theory and its sound

  • Timelord4041

    July 10th, 2013 - 5:28pm

    I have 2 possible theories regarding the John Hurt Not-Doctor.

    No 1. Good but I don’t think so.

    Doctors 1 to 10 are the same.
    Doctor 10 uses regeneration energy to repair himself, excess goes into hand.
    Doctor 10 changes to 11 but is no 12 (See line before this).
    John Hurt is not the doctor but a amalgamation of his darker sides (Wait for it).
    He is created when doctor 12 regenerates to 13. (Valeyard )
    He is known by doctor 12 because he met him has doctor 6.
    So he breaks the promise of (The Doctor – To help people ) becomes evil.
    clara does not see him cause hes not a real version of the doctor.

    No 2. This would be good if they did it.

    (Please give this a chance)


    I know this has been brought up a few times else where but I think I do Have a sound theory.

    Omega was the engineer who was supposedly killed when creating the black hole to power the eye of harmony. (Three Doctors).
    He survived and later came back in the Arc Of Infinity but needed the doctor Bio Data Extract.
    If in the time war the Doctor did not have the knowledge to activate the timelock but needed the original engineer.
    So he agreed to let Omega use his Bio-Data extract Thus Creating (John Hurts Not- Doctor( He is the Doctor but Not by name).
    The doctor wanted to end the war and save everyone and Omega promised to but broke the promise and destroyed everyone instead.
    The doctor then had to stop omega from using his Bio-Data like he did in Arc of Infinity but had to live with the consequences of what he had done.

    As a side note The Silence had a ship (I think day of the moon that looked a little like a tardis) that could have been design by Omega.

  • Brandon

    July 4th, 2013 - 9:00pm

    John hurt is tooooo old to play doctor it’s more exiting with young doctors and more adventure

    • Whovian1973

      July 12th, 2013 - 9:05pm

      I disagree. Older Doctors are better as they bring depth, character and meaning to the role.
      They also make the concept of a centuries-old time-traveller more believable as you can see age on their faces.

  • paulpat99

    July 1st, 2013 - 8:51am

    well obviously John Hurt happened between the 8th and 9th because he talks of the time war and killing duh