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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

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.




  • dotorpond393

    May 28th, 2013 - 5:34pm

    Have people really not thought about the fact that the 11th doctor said: I said he was me. I didn’t say he was the doctor.

  • dotorpond393

    May 28th, 2013 - 5:32pm

    but the doctor says: Who else. WHO else?

  • time and relotive dimens

    May 27th, 2013 - 8:51pm

    the 6th doctor running looked like ammelia too me

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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*.’

  • dalek eternal

    May 26th, 2013 - 8:02pm

    yes but it was just for a blink of an eye

  • qodrn

    May 26th, 2013 - 6:55pm

    It might be the cold medicine, but I am wondering: Do the clips chosen of the other Doctors actually mean specific things about the 50th other than them simply being there?

  • master spectacular

    May 26th, 2013 - 4:32pm

    Actually, No, since the 3 doctors b/c the five doctor only showed stock footage from Shada for Tom Baker’s bit.

  • Chris Miller

    May 26th, 2013 - 2:09pm

    First episode since 5 doctors. Dimensions only featured 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

  • Anonymous

    May 25th, 2013 - 1:38pm

    That was the Sixth Doctor/Colin Baker and it is Peter Davison!!!!

  • Dalek: the Supreme

    May 24th, 2013 - 1:06pm

    You know, I hate to state the obvious, but it just has to be said! This episode actually features all Eleven Doctors! It’s the first episode since Dimensions in Time to feature every Doctor!

  • Dalek: the Supreme

    May 24th, 2013 - 1:04pm

    We all know the Doctor bears a huge ammount of guilt for all the pain and misery he’s caused in the process of saving the universe. He must have seen something that ties into his inner darkness.

  • Jennifer

    May 24th, 2013 - 2:21am

    The one you’re thinking of is Arc of Infinity, which had Peter Davison as the Doctor, but Colin Baker had a small role as a Time Lord guard named Maximillian. It also happened to be where they pulled the 5th Doctor footage from.

  • Desariella

    May 23rd, 2013 - 5:39pm

    The Valeyard was created somewhere between the Doctors 12th and 13th life. The Master really didn’t expalin beyond that ion “Trail of the Timelord”

  • 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.

  • Dylan

    May 23rd, 2013 - 4:18am

    In order for him to have broken a promise, he has to have made it. So it isn’t before 1. I agree with Tom who said he ended the time war. We know he intentionally destroyed the Time Lords from 10, so this must be who did it. That’s why 11 knows who he is and that what he did was an act of peace and sanity.

  • JAys

    May 23rd, 2013 - 2:22am

    Mash up,:P couldnt think of the word i wanted at the time.. amalgamation, combination.. yada yada 😀 hat to google the exact.

    Master: “an amalgamation of the darker side of the Doctor’s nature”

  • McGann is the Doctor

    May 22nd, 2013 - 12:12pm

    Did anyone notice the 8th Doctor was briefly in it ? he walked past Clara before she turned and saw the 2nd Doctor.

  • McGann is the Doctor

    May 22nd, 2013 - 12:11pm

    is this a joke ? Everybody has noticed

  • McGann is the Doctor

    May 22nd, 2013 - 12:10pm

    The Valeyard isn’t a mash up, it’s the personification of the Doctor’s negative energy. ‘mash up’ ? 😆 !

  • 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?

  • Becadroit

    May 22nd, 2013 - 6:42am

    No, ending the time war is ok. The Doctor is at times at peace with it, and sometimes not, but he is always the Doctor and it was necessary for the story/character. I think whatever promise the Valeyard/Not-Doctor broke was a different when and possibly a different dimension and will end/begin with a battle with his selves. Perhaps it was before 1st Doctor, perhaps it is after the last Doctor (!). But to have his time line/wibbly mish mash as a memorial was brilliant. He runs out of regenerations, but his identity/ies remain intact. He and the TARDIS become the one thing. Still want to know how River knows his name and how he could say it ‘one time’…note I want to know how, not the actual name.

  • Colleen

    May 22nd, 2013 - 3:46am

    Except that the current Doctor was going to be cast a little older, and Matt blew them away at the audition. It’s not always the case anyway – the actors aren’t all getting younger.

  • john smith

    May 22nd, 2013 - 1:37am

    agree with jorney but nightmare in silver i thought was great acting by MS and i enjoyed it almost as much as the name of the doctor. on a whole this series has been weak to say the least, and i feel this has been the case since moffat took over. now moffat is playing around with regens, already people are speculating that matt smith is now the 12th regen and that i have issues with. as any DW fan knows the doc can only regen 12 times if MS is now the 12th this means DW lays in his hands because if he moves on like david T did that it no more who!. i hope to god im wrong!!

  • john smith

    May 22nd, 2013 - 1:30am

    “The Trial of A Timelord” was collin baker not peter davidson

  • Onewar

    May 22nd, 2013 - 12:26am

    I really wanna know who Hurt is and i cannot wait so long.

    But.. Woop Woop Vivid Sydney is holding a doctor who night, June 1st:D

    I still dont like clara even though her mystery is solved. she just gets in the way of River and the doctor

  • Sam Orme

    May 21st, 2013 - 8:22pm

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


    May 21st, 2013 - 7:58pm

    In it I can t wait for 6 months


    May 21st, 2013 - 7:57pm

    No he only comes when 1,6,5 and 4 walk past Clara