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May 19th, 2013 229 comments

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

Name of the Doctor


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.



  • Some bloke

    May 20th, 2013 - 9:27am

    I swear that on the third image of where all the doctors run pass clara, the third one is the tenth doctor. The coat is too long and his hair looks more like 10’s

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2013 - 9:36am

      the coat is too pale to be 10s and you can see the red trim on the pocket so it is 5s

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2013 - 9:46am

      then you would be wrong

    • Some bloke

      May 20th, 2013 - 10:17am

      Oh yeah I see it now. Still thought it was too long. I watched it this morning and thought ‘That doesn’t look like 5 to me’

  • Martin

    May 20th, 2013 - 8:52am

    Wonderfully put together post — cheers!

  • daire34567

    May 20th, 2013 - 5:02am

    why did they not show the facees of 6,8,9,and 10 clearly ?

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2013 - 8:06am

      They weren’t the original actors

  • daire34567

    May 20th, 2013 - 4:54am

    when i seen that the second doctor in LA was a mashup, i was dissapointe to find out that there was no episode of the second doctor in LA

    • Slidin_sidewayz

      May 20th, 2013 - 9:48am

      *When I saw

  • The Rancid Terrapin

    May 20th, 2013 - 3:42am

    Why do the Gallifrey Techs say someone is about to steal a “TARDIS” and not a “Type 40”, when Susan in “Unearthly Child” says she made up the name “TARDIS”?

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      May 20th, 2013 - 4:31am

      Other models have been called TARDIS before.

    • timelord327

      May 20th, 2013 - 7:11am

      actually its proper name is a type-40 TT capsule

    • Bean

      May 20th, 2013 - 7:48am

      This happens a lot in the show. Time Lords referring to it as a TARDIS and not a TT capsule (Robert Delgado Master, Invasion of Time, Deadly Assassin, etc.). It’s usually done to avoid confusing the audience, or because the writers got confused or forgot. The idea is that the Doctor traveled around in his “past” and “present” and spread the word into Gallifray’s vernacular, re-writting time so it was a common phrase.

    • Feli

      June 7th, 2013 - 12:11pm

      It’s the same way when you go to a mechanic you are not bringing in your automobile. in your mind, you’re bringing in your car. it was an easier name for them to remember and use.

  • MaxP

    May 20th, 2013 - 12:44am

    Wonder why they used 5 Doctors version of Pertwee, as he looks a little older than he really should.

    • Bean

      May 20th, 2013 - 7:49am

      It was in color, they had to restore or leave B/W the older ones, but it was easier for them to find a color one. The third doctor is also from that episode.

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2013 - 9:48am

      All the Jon Pertwee episode are in colour, so this answer doesn’t make sense…

    • BT52

      May 20th, 2013 - 10:37am

      Not all the Pertwee stories were in colour.
      But most were.

    • f

      May 20th, 2013 - 10:53am

      no they are all in colour now, (mind of evil was done last year)

    • Dorothy

      May 20th, 2013 - 11:51am

      No, a few parts of the early Pertwee episodes were black and white. I remember being surprised because I expected everything in to be in color.

    • Peter

      May 20th, 2013 - 12:15pm

      I’m guessing they used the Five Doctors footage because it still exists on film and so can be used in HD, rather than original 70s Pertwee footage which would all be on video tape.

    • Ian

      May 20th, 2013 - 2:34pm

      Pertwee’s adventures were ALL shot and transmitted in colour. Many were lost when the BBC recycled loads of the old videotape, leaving only black and white masters. Most of these have been restored to colour now as well.

    • Chris

      May 20th, 2013 - 3:44pm

      I thought spearhead from space was the 1st doctor who shot and filmed in color if so then all of the pertwee stories are color

    • Chris

      May 20th, 2013 - 3:45pm

      Shot and broadcast I meant to say πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    May 20th, 2013 - 12:13am

    Loved Saturdays show can’t wait for November.

  • Lillian Luthor

    May 20th, 2013 - 12:10am

    This episode was a major let down for me. I didn’t like it because they didn’t reveal the Doctor’s name like the title says. I was expecting them to give us the name of the Doctor. The Doctor played by John Hurt, is he a future incarnation of the Doctor? I sure hope that the 50th Anniversary special isn’t a major let down like this episode and Journey To The Center of the TARDIS.

    • Damien Wade

      May 20th, 2013 - 2:11am

      “I didn’t like it because they didn’t reveal the Doctor’s name like the title says.” River Song didn’t get married in the series 6 final, as far as I’m concerned The Doctor isn’t married to the TARDIS and Jenny technically isn’t his child.

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      May 20th, 2013 - 4:13am

      I see where you’re coming from, Damien, but he did get married in The Wedding of River Song and considers River his wife, as he considers Jenny his daughter.

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2013 - 4:25am

      I believe it would’ve been a bigger let down if they did reavel his name. The whole story of doctor who is his secrets. There would no longer be any mystery if they just traveled his name. This is what makes the show suspenseful and interesting.

    • Pierce

      May 20th, 2013 - 4:59am

      I think the more accurate name for the episode would have been ‘In The Name Of The Doctor’, meaning, what that ‘Doctor’ did wasn’t ‘In The Name Of The Doctor’

    • CrazyAboutWho

      May 20th, 2013 - 5:50am

      Journey to the Center of the Tardis was awesome, as was this episode. I was hoping that they WOULDN’T tell us his name, I really don’t want to know. He’s the doctor. Done.

    • DoctorWhom

      May 20th, 2013 - 11:08am

      The title was referencing what Matt says at the end to Hurt’s Doctor.
      “But you didn’t do it in the name of The Doctor!” Nothing to do with his actual name but revealing that one of The Doctor’s broke the bond that the other Doctor kept, to help people (Well in Seventh’s case that is highly debatable but never mind, let us go with this idea). So yes the name was never going to be revealed it was just implied that it was.

    • Laura

      May 21st, 2013 - 1:06am

      Steven Moffat has even said that he would never want to know what the actual name of the Doctor is, no matter what it was, it would be a let down. The entire point of the show is Doctor WHO? The title is a trap pretty much to gain attention and lead to what Eleven says at the end, what has been done in the the name of the Doctor.

    • Imagine Wizard

      May 27th, 2013 - 1:58am

      Then you miss the point of the episode.
      It’s actually a clever misdirection by Moffat. What we all thought the episode was promising was his name. It wasn’t, it was revealing what his name represented. Id est ‘[Whar you did] was not in *the Name of the Doctor*.’

  • raxicarigofalipaturius (dont care about spelling)

    May 19th, 2013 - 9:00pm

    i β™₯ love doctor who and this was awsome


    May 19th, 2013 - 8:56pm

    I think john hurt is the true ninth doctor and he must have fought in the time war.Also anyone see he was wearing ninth s leather jacket and I think eighth s cloths underneath.


      May 20th, 2013 - 6:32pm

      I hear Tenth and Rose are coming for the 50 th aniverssery and eighth might come at the last moment.Can t wait

  • Anonymous

    May 19th, 2013 - 8:37pm

    The best is when she meets the first doctor and talks about the TARDIS. The opening of this ep was epic!

  • Rafael

    May 19th, 2013 - 8:36pm


    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:54pm

      Haha not quite. From what I’ve heard, it’s a secret past regeneration that nobody knew about, from when the doctor did something that was “”in the name of sanity, but not in the name of the doctor”. I’m guessing that maybe John Hurt’s doctor could have been the one that put the time lock on the time lords and the daleks during the time war. Just a guess.

    • videogamemad00

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:57pm

      He isn’t.

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:57pm

      its just the Doctor, not The Doctor who

    • videogamemad00

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:59pm

      That was aimed at Rafael. Your comment hadn’t shown up when I posted mine.

    • Kelvington

      May 19th, 2013 - 9:38pm

      He’s not the next doctor, he’s a doctor between the 8th & 9th… or the new 9th.

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 9:46pm

      from what I’ve read, he IS the 9th incarnation during the Time War and was the one who destroyed the TimeLords and Daleks. It has been assumed that McGann’s Doctor was the one fighting the War when in actuality he had regenerated and became Hurt. The rest of his incarnations do not consider him worthy of the Title of Doctor and discredit his incarnation and it was Eccleston’s incarnation who reclaimed the Title of Doctor, making him the 10th, Tannant the 11th and Smith the 12th. But where he was discredited it seems that he was non-existent…it’s all confusing really, but the show always has been since day 1. He IS in fact one giant enigma. The one thing I didn’t like in this episode was the use of Smith’s TARDIS interior as the final one. Moffat should have at least changed the interior for the tomb. You know, to some future design not yet seen.

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 10:43pm

      I think he is bad in the time line so the 10th and 11th team up to stop hime.

    • droney

      May 19th, 2013 - 10:44pm

      I think he is bad in the time line so the 10th and 11th team up to stop hime.

    • videogamemad00

      May 19th, 2013 - 11:13pm

      Basically, he is the 9th incarnation of the time lord but noth the 9th doctor.

    • Anonymous

      May 21st, 2013 - 2:33am

      After the series ended there were a few ways to continue it, like books. There was a series of books stating it was the 8th doctor, the same one in the movie, who ended the time war. It depends in if you count the books as series relevant. Although other things have changed since they bought the series back…

  • Cory Eadson

    May 19th, 2013 - 8:00pm

    I am told 8’s un-appearance is deliberate πŸ˜‰ See November for more details πŸ˜‰

    • Michael Daugherty

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:10pm

      Where’d you hear that?

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 11:59pm

      Weird…coz eight did appear…albeit it very briefly…but he was there.

  • The Silence

    May 19th, 2013 - 6:38pm

    Notice the white pole things in ‘The Invasion of Time’ pics are in the original 11th Doctor’s TARDIS by the stairs.

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:39pm

      Oh yeah, well spotted πŸ™‚

  • Vicki Summers

    May 19th, 2013 - 6:22pm

    Just loved it good memories with all the flashes of past doctors and i just love the ending. I cant wait to see what next season brings

    • B anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 6:37pm

      I hate what moffat did he could have done so much more with Clara and have you noticed the personalities of both Clara and Amy are the same both the girls are perky, quirky and in love with the doctor? ( even though the doctor has a wife!)

    • mojo

      May 19th, 2013 - 7:03pm

      clara isnt in love with the doctor and is very different than amy i think you are watching the wrong show

    • Leah

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:37pm

      Exactly mojo! Amy loves her best friend and son-in-law but is not “in love” with The Doctor. Clara knew The Doctor wasn’t himself in Hedgewick’s World of Wonders when he started hitting on her! She is not “in love” with The Doctor any more than Amy is. And B Anonymous, all The Doctor’s companions have been, smart, quirky, strong, vulnerable, brave, and loving. What show have you been watching? Moffat is a genious! I do agree, though, that I though there would be more to Clara. I’m hanging my hat, and my opinion of Moffat’s brilliance, on the 50’th Anniversary special in November. John Hurt!!! I can’t wait!!

    • Jeff

      May 19th, 2013 - 9:10pm

      …I don’t think Moffat’s done with Clara yet… We need to wait OVER SIX MONTHS though… πŸ™

    • Chris

      May 20th, 2013 - 3:51pm

      Err amy was obsessed with the doctor not in love. That’s what amys choice is about !!!!

    • Anonymous

      May 21st, 2013 - 6:50am

      @ time vortex

      Doctor who is not about cute couples. If you want that, start watching soap operas! Doctor Who is all about mystery and heroes and seeing things that others dont!

  • Anonymous

    May 19th, 2013 - 6:20pm

    The 10th doctor had to be pointed out for me but my question is where is the 8th I mean the bbc own him so where is he?

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 6:23pm

      Watch the Second Doctor clip, Clara first sees somebody (the Eighth Doctor) but then the Second Doctor runs past her in the other direction and she goes after him.

    • mixedvortex

      May 22nd, 2013 - 8:36am

      This notion that the 8th Doctor is briefly seen at the start of the clip for the 2nd is pretty flimsy. It doesn’t really look like 8 at all. I don’t think 8 was in it, period; which is really sad.

      I think the whole 2nd Doctor clip is a combination of The Five Doctors scene and footage of a 2nd Doctor stand-in. They staged it like the 2nd Doctor nearly knocks Clara over, which required some kind of stand-in to run past her. Remember the heavily rumored sightings of an actor dressed as the 2nd Doctor during filming for the finale? I think this scene is where that all comes in to play.

      On a side note, does anyone think both the 1st and 2nd Doctor stand-ins used here could be the actors that were hired for An Adventure In Space And Time?

    • mixedvortex

      May 23rd, 2013 - 7:02am

      Ok, it does indeed look like the 8th before the 2nd. My bad. I hadn’t been able to get the pause and slo-mo right. I see him now. I still think they used both a stand-in and the five doctors clip for 2 sort of like they did with 1, though.

  • Dalek: the Supreme

    May 19th, 2013 - 6:00pm

    I recognized all of them except the two I missed (Eighth and Tenth Doctors) Thanks, booboo!

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:46pm

      Oh, and the First Doctor because I have not yet seen The Aztecs.

    • videogamemad00

      May 19th, 2013 - 9:00pm

      I saw it recently but I didn’t spot that it was from The Aztecs.

    • Jeff

      May 19th, 2013 - 9:12pm

      Surprise… they showed The Aztecs as the episode with the first Doctor memories on BBC… or did everyone else miss those? πŸ™‚

  • Kara

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:59pm

    Yeah, I was lamenting severe lack of 8. (I thought the movie rights had been cleared up since there are DVD releases in both the US and the UK, and since we’ve seen at least brief clips of 8 in ‘The Next Doctor’ and such?) I think you’re right about that at least having been a body double for him right before we see 2. He’s my favourite, so I was a bit sad that he was notably missing, but if you guys are right then at least they made an effort. β™₯

  • im still not here

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:55pm

    i thought the 5th doctor clip was warriors of the deep


    May 19th, 2013 - 5:38pm

    I hadn’t realized that was the 10th Doctor in the Library. I end up thinking it was Gallifrey with some guy standing on the right hand side, not knowing it was the 10th Doctor, but I guess cos it was quite a quick moment, you may not notice straight away first time around.

    The colourized footage of the 1st Doctor from the Aztec’s reminded me of the colourized clips made by Babelcolour on YouTube.

    After the episode, I had a feeling in me that said “I bet Babelcolour feels he could have done a lot better colourizing the footage then whoever actually did it for this episode” πŸ˜€

    • pathdw98

      May 20th, 2013 - 4:30am

      Who said it wasn’t Babelcolour who did it?
      Correct me if I am wrong, but I heard that he recently done some work for the bbc colourizing for a classic dvd release,I think mind of evil.
      Like I said, maybe wrong. But if they did, maybe they got him to do this as well?
      Also, It was amazing to see Hartnell in colour.

    • Imagine Wizard

      May 27th, 2013 - 2:05am

      Oooh, same. I thought it was Gallifrey, but after seeing the video again I google image-ed the Library and the buildings are identical.

  • Kev

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:34pm

    I was hoping the 8th Doctor would be in his blue Time War outfit.

    Any idea of the names of the actors to play the Doctors in the Docs mind?

    • Allie

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:44pm

      The 9th and 10th doctors were played by David Tennant and Christopher Eccelson (not sure how to spell his name). The rest of the doctors were clips that were edited in.

    • Al

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:46pm

      @Allie. I think Kev is asking who the body doubles were.

    • Kev

      May 20th, 2013 - 6:59am

      Yeah I was wondering about the actor body doubles. Hopefully there will be a behind the scenes mentioning them. Id be interested to see how much the actors actually look like the original actors.

  • Dan Cox

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:27pm

    when I watched it yesterday I didn’t see the tenth doctor thanks to Sam Orme for sharing the link.

    • Sam Orme

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:30pm

      Your welcome

  • The Whofan101

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:26pm

    The only one I didn’t get was the 5th Doctor running in the episode (as opposed to the bit from Arc of Infinity), thought it was the 7th! Apart from that, got them all!

  • UDWF1

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:23pm

    So all the Doctors were there! Could have made David and Paul a little more obvious!

    • Kayla

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:55pm

      David wasn’t in that bit.

    • MindAsh

      May 19th, 2013 - 8:56pm

      no but he was in the other bit in the Library

  • KyleK3

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:08pm

    I was rather disappointed with what we got of the 8th Doctor. He barely had screen time as it is and when it comes to bringing all the Doctor’s back – let’s leave him out. Good move Moffat, good move (Y)

    • Sam Orme

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:12pm

      But remember, the BBC dont ave rights 2 use the 8th dr hardly cause of copyright with the movie

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2013 - 8:16pm

      But it was a joint BBC production so surely they would be able to use the footage?

    • Sam Orme

      May 21st, 2013 - 8:22pm

      I got told it was copyright cause canada made the film not the BBC

    • Imagine Wizard

      May 27th, 2013 - 2:08am

      But they’ve used clips from the movie on past episodes. Besides, I would very disappointed in the BBC if this was the case and they weren’t willing to buy him back. A worthy use if tax payer’s money if ever I saw one, and I doubt Fox would care, they didn’t see the value in Who in 1996

    • Sam Orme

      May 30th, 2013 - 10:09pm

      Good point imagine wizard, mayb Steven wasnt a big fan of the movie and didnt want to put him in, either that or it was too hard 2 put clara into a scene with the 8th dr

  • Sam Bentley

    May 19th, 2013 - 5:06pm

    Oh, thank you for this! I got all of them apart from that I missed the Tenth Doctor one, which I believe is set in Gridlock?, and I thought it was Ten running past Clara instead of Five and his jacket looked darker in the light!

    • Doctor Who Crazy Ross

      May 19th, 2013 - 10:44pm

      YANA! I thought it was ten too!

  • AlphaOmega

    May 19th, 2013 - 4:59pm

    In the clip where all the Doctors pass Clara, The First Doctor looks more like Richard Hurndall (First in 5 Doctors)

    • Some bloke

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:16pm

      Thats what I thought


      May 19th, 2013 - 9:16pm


  • HeikoCDellbruck

    May 19th, 2013 - 4:56pm

    Was it really susan in the clip where the doctor steals the tardis? Looked more like Barbara to me? Where did that part come from?

    • booboo

      May 19th, 2013 - 4:58pm

      we think that was specially filmed with actors, it doesn’t appear in any episode that we can see

    • Jennifer

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:25pm

      It was Susan. It showed them entering the TARDIS on Gallifrey when he stole it.

    • Some bloke

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:29pm

      yes it was susan but not actually carole anne ford

    • Mary

      May 19th, 2013 - 6:00pm

      That was indeed Barbara, not Susan – I just watched that series on Netflix last week.

    • Mary

      May 19th, 2013 - 6:02pm

      Sorry – I managed to reply to the wrong post, and don’t know how to un-post that one.

    • HeikoCDellbruck

      May 19th, 2013 - 7:31pm

      The clothing looked more like barbaras. Susan mostly wore sweater and trousers in the first season, while barbara wore a dress.

      @Mary: Do you know which episode the shot was taken from?


      May 19th, 2013 - 9:07pm

      I thought why is he running away with barbara on Gallifrey he meets her on earth

    • Martin

      May 20th, 2013 - 8:54am

      It was Susan. Barbara was not with The Doctor when he left Gallifrey.


      May 20th, 2013 - 6:37pm

      I know Martin but it looked like Barbra

  • Matt Smithy

    May 19th, 2013 - 4:56pm

    Thank you for doing this, I was going to do something similar, but you did it so much better!

    • Matt Smithy

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:15pm

      Also, seeing as this series is over and the episode is defiantly a build up to the 50th, maybe change the banner to a 50th countdown ? I doubt we will get any more Doctor Who before then πŸ˜€

    • Some bloke

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:18pm

      do you mean episodes, cus if you do then quite obviously we are not, considering that was the end of series 7 and series 8 is not due to start filming until end of this year/beginning of next

    • Matt Smithy

      May 19th, 2013 - 5:32pm

      Why are you taking everyone’s comments so literally? Obviously I knew that there is no more episodes ANNOUNCED, but you never know, the BBC may have a surprise waiting for us or something as unlikely as it seems. Plus Booboo didn’t want to rush to conclusions on the doctor/Susan front just in case. As mad this idea might seem, you don’t know anything for sure until you check. And YOU don’t know everything on first glance ether. OBIVOUSLY I didn’t mean episodes, I just meant on the off chance that a mini-sode/ surprise event happens. Someone woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning…

  • Professor When

    May 19th, 2013 - 4:50pm

    This is brilliant! Thanks Guys! πŸ˜€

    • Professor When

      May 19th, 2013 - 4:53pm

      Could it be? I think I might be ‘FIRST’! πŸ˜€

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2013 - 7:38pm

      So you must be Bogbrush!!