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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.




  • Sherlock Holmes

    June 20th, 2013 - 7:51am

    Brilliant ! Thank you …

  • Anonymous

    June 18th, 2013 - 10:10pm

    Bluming fast fingers that was Trial of a Time Lord and Not Train

  • Anonymous

    June 18th, 2013 - 10:08pm

    Watch the Classic story A Train of a Time Lord Pts 13+14 The Ultimate Foe. We find out that the Valeyard was the Doctor between his regeneration 12 and 13.

  • lepter

    June 17th, 2013 - 9:30pm

    I think he is the doctors dad. The woman covering her face in End of time was his mother. His name is john doctor.

  • lepter

    June 17th, 2013 - 9:23pm

    that was the movie, DALEKS INVASION EARTH. Peter cushing was the doctor. Not connected with tv doctor who but a remake of the TV series.

  • The truths beyond

    June 17th, 2013 - 9:32am

    Do not know if you know but 1966 did a movie called: The Daleks invade the land and who plays the Doctor in that movie is not William Hartnell or Patrick Troughton, that they came in that movie may be John Hurt.
    Obviously the age of John Hurt is inconsistent with the provisions of Doctor Who but whatever Patrick Troughton was one year younger than Jon Pertwee. John Hurt also can be an incarnation of the Doctor from Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee Patrick Troughton that came out of Doctor Who Jon Pertwee in 1969 and entered in 1971.
    This is my opinion and all information gets from the classic series of Doctor Who so we’ll know on the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who who is John Hurt.

  • The 42nd Doctor

    June 11th, 2013 - 7:13am

    When considering the Valeyard and the Not-The Doctor (which is what I’m calling the incarnation played by John Hurt 😉 ), there is another regeneration that people seem to be forgetting.

    Firstly, the placement of the Not-The Doctor in his (the Doctor’s) personal timeline.

    As far as I can tell, there are three possible time placements for the Not-The Doctor:

    1. The original Gallifreyan, before becoming the Doctor – The only problem with this is you can’t break a promise you haven’t made yet. But who knows, perhaps Time Lords can; 😉

    2. The Time War, between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors – the most logical and most likely, but I don’t believe Steven Moffet would be that obvious;

    3. Exiled, between the Second and Third Doctor – we never did see the actual moment of change somewhere between The War Games part 10 and Spearhead from Space part 1. Forced to regenerate at the hands of the Time Lords, the Doctor (or Not-The Doctor in this case), may have lashed out and done some pretty horrible things, that he would later regret once he had cooled down a bit. To complete the rejection of this incarnation, he may have put his Second incarnation’s cloths back on before becoming the Third Doctor…

    Only problem with this, it sort of wipes out the lovely TV Action Comics, where the Second Doctor was on Earth in exile, before being forced to regenerate at the hands of a bunch of scarecrows.

    Now onto the Valeyard. Regardless of where we put the Not-The Doctor, the Doctor’s later incarnations would look like:

    Doctor’s ninth regeneration (tenth incarnation) – Christopher Eccleston

    Doctor’s tenth regeneration (eleventh incarnation) – David Tennant

    Doctor’s eleventh regeneration (twelfth incarnation) – Also David Tennant (at the beginning of Journey’s end, he used up a regeneration, though he only used the energy to heal himself, transferring the rest of the energy into his severed hand, which helped create the Half-Human Meta-Crisis Doctor)

    Doctor’s twelfth regeneration (thirteenth incarnation) – Matt Smith.

    This means the Half-Human Meta-Crisis Doctor would be the Valeyard, brought into existence between the Doctor’s twelfth and final incarnations.

    How the Half-Human Meta-Crisis Doctor, who can’t regenerate (played by David Tennant) turns into the Valeyard (played by Michael Jayston) remains to be seen (but I’m sure the Time Lords could manage it somehow).


  • Anonymous

    June 10th, 2013 - 9:45pm

    Shorly john hurt can’t be the valeyard because he dosent have the ability to regenerate which is why he acted in the way he did in toatl

  • theimpossibleboy

    June 8th, 2013 - 11:19am

    Well lets see if we can untangle this:
    The Silence hoped to prevent the Doctor from answering his name at Trenzalore when the Great Intelligence threatened to kill his friends. The Silence did not want this to happen, as his name opened the doors to the Doctor’s Tomb. If the doors had never been opened then Clara would never have jumped into the time stream and inadvertently discover the Doctor’s secret: the John Hurt Doctor. We have no idea why the Silence did not want John Hurt to be discovered, all we know is that his discovery will lead to the Fall of the Eleventh, (Matt Smith regenerating in the Christmas Special). We also no that the Silence were VERY desperate for this discovery to never occur (the translation: Silence MUST fall), so much so, that they thought that blowing up the universe, killing the Doctor in the process, was a better fate for the universe than John Hurt being discovered. They attempted to blow up the TARDIS and destroy the universe and the Doctor in the resulting explosion. They decided on a particular date for this explosion: the 26th of June 2010. The Pandorica Alliance were not in favour of the Silence’s plan, so believed that if they could trap the Doctor in the Pandorica, he would never be able to pilot the TARDIS to the 26th of June. However when the TARDIS was taken over and sent to this date, River was on board and not the Doctor! The Universe blew up, but luckily the Doctor was able to reboot the universe with the Big Bang Two. While the explosion was still a possibility in our reality, cracks in time were created but were closed up after the reboot. The Silence did not stop there and realised that they would have to find a more subtle method of killing him. They kidnapped Amy and replaced her with a flesh avatar, and then kept her asleep and pregnant, with the occasional word of encouragement from Madame Kovarian, one of their leaders, who saw Melody Pond, the child of Amy and Rory as ‘Hope in this endless, bitter war’ against the Doctor (presumably trying to prevent the question from being answered and John Hurt being discovered. Of course,t heir plan to raise Melody as the perfect assassin to kill the Doctor on the shores of Lake Silencio, never worked, and once again the Doctor found a way to cheat his demise, by simply operating the Teselecta in his place. Since then the Doctor has been hiding himself from the Silence, the Universe believed he really was killed in Utah, and data records of the Doctor are slowly being deleted. But certain beings knew better and set about a trap to lure the Doctor to Trenzalore and open the doors to the tomb, (so that he could ‘reverse’ the Doctor’s victories, Clara stopped this by jumping into the time stream)but his greatest secret was always waiting for him and John Hurt was discovered who did something that ‘wasnt in the Name of the Doctor’. So, finally here we are at the final piece in this very bizarre puzzle, where we finally find out why John Hurt is so dangerous and why he should never have been discovered. In answer to your question then, I definitely think Moffat has planned all this from the beginning, although certain elements do feel as if they have been made up as he goes along!

  • Frank Vesel

    June 7th, 2013 - 5:42pm

    I’d like to think he’s the Valeyard. I seem to recall that would place him between the 12th and the 13th. My theory is John Hurt’s evil deed isn’t the time war so much as the Doctor only has 12 regenerations, and he selfishly does some Master-like trick (perhaps sacrificing innocents) to get more regenerations. With Tennant, he said he had to stop the Time Lords as much as the Daleks because of what the time war was turning them into, so I don’t think the Doctor’s shameful act has to do with the time war itself. November can’t come quick enough 😉

  • 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.

  • Katrina

    June 7th, 2013 - 9:13am

    I know! I’ve explained that John Hurt is the same person / character as The Doctor, but he isn’t / doesn’t go by the name “Doctor” to my friend twice. 🙂 It baffles me that people keep missing that when they talk & speculate about him.

  • Yarner

    June 7th, 2013 - 9:09am

    Yeah, but Eleven said: “he’s the one that broke the promise”, which should mean the promise (ie the name “Doctor”, meaning someone who puts things right) already existed.

  • Alan

    June 6th, 2013 - 10:58pm

    People forget when david tennant had to regenrate but put the reformation of cells energy into his hand which formed another half human doctor this means that he used up another regeneration but i fell the writers of doctor who have forgot this as each time lord has 12 regenrations and he has repeatedly said i hav one regeneration left. As for the john hurt as the doctor theory i feel that the doctor chose his name as fathers choose names for kids to hide the fact and the disgrace that john hurt brought to his real name and as for the theories on why did the tardis explode it was said to explode because of a malfunction that was unknown as well as i feel the tardis dislikes tara as she is an anomaly in the universe and we all know that the tardis hates paradoxes i also feel as tara has like 1000 different lifes she unwittingly helps john hurt do the disgracious thing. But as i was saying before i feel the doctor has tried to leave that behind perhaps (as we already know he use to have a family) john hurt thought best to kill/destroy his family instead of runnin off with the doctor an living happily this means the doctor couldnt bare it chose the name doctor so that he could lead a new life

  • John Smith

    June 5th, 2013 - 7:16pm

    Then why didn’t they just get Paul McGann on board? He’s expressed interest in returning to the show, and it would be a bit of a slap in the face to just have someone else play his character.

  • Rose Tyler I-

    June 5th, 2013 - 6:16am

    When the doctor said please and the door opened I thought it was his name until we saw River say I said it for you

  • Rose Tyler I-

    June 5th, 2013 - 6:05am

    before the doctor took the name to doctor.

  • Adam

    June 4th, 2013 - 2:43pm

    I actually think it was just The Doctor in his room. Either that or River Song.

  • Adam

    June 4th, 2013 - 2:41pm

    What if John Hurt actually is 8? We never saw 8 regenerate. Isn’t it feasible that 8 ended the time war going all renegade and actually aged? I know its not the most spectacular theory but yea. Just a thought.

    I would really like Hurt to be either the Valeyard or a Past regeneration. But I do hope his story is Dark.

  • luvtheponds

    June 3rd, 2013 - 7:04pm

    From previous ep the Daleks call him “the predator”, and “the dark lord”; people from the gamma forest know him as the “great warrior” as for the meaning of the name Doctor. So if he did do something, as John Hurt’s Dr that would tarnish the name, then these might be clues to that point. I love it, so timey-wimey, such a great ride!

  • luvtheponds

    June 3rd, 2013 - 6:46pm

    Right, behind each door was what you feared the most, so the Dr fears himself more than anything? Possible.

  • Skaroman

    June 3rd, 2013 - 3:41pm

    The universe is cracked
    The Pandorica will open
    Silence will fall
    when the question is asked
    on the fields of Trenzalore at the fall or the eleventh: Doctor Who?

    Did Moffat plan all this right when he took over?
    And who is causing all these strange events?!

  • Anonymous

    June 2nd, 2013 - 6:30pm

    What is going on on dr who

  • Dalek: the Supreme

    May 31st, 2013 - 9:31pm

    Unless he’s between some of the Doctor’s regenerations.

  • Dalek: the Supreme

    May 31st, 2013 - 9:31pm

    Sorry, I did mean to say Third.

  • Dalek: the Supreme

    May 31st, 2013 - 9:29pm

    The First and Second Doctors were seen briefly as floating heads in Dimensions in Time. The Five Doctors has the First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Doctors in it, however briefly any one of them was in it.

  • timelord327

    May 31st, 2013 - 6:44pm

    i think that johns doc is ‘the doctor’ between eighth and ninth but matt is the eleventh ‘doctor’ yet there have been 12 incarnations of that timelord.

  • MasterKasterborous

    May 30th, 2013 - 10:33pm

    But this only used stock footage of most of the doctors with a few recast, so really the only one by your terms is The Three Doctors.

  • 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


    May 29th, 2013 - 5:04pm

    Am i the only one who understood those references