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Old April 12 2013, 12:31 AM   #16
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

I'm more curious so to why his name has to be a secret. What happens if it is revealed?
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Old April 12 2013, 12:48 AM   #17
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

I think the Doctor has used many different names and that he's had a hand in many pivotal events throughout human and non-human history. It'd probably be shocking to learn which ones...

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LADY PEINFORTE: I shall tell them of Gallifrey, tell them of the Old Time, The Time of Chaos...
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Old April 12 2013, 12:49 AM   #18
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

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I'm more curious so to why his name has to be a secret. What happens if it is revealed?
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Old April 12 2013, 12:51 AM   #19
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

As long as he doesn't turn out to be Jesus or something....
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Old April 12 2013, 12:59 AM   #20
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

I figure he'll get himself out of revealing it or he'll be set to and someone close to him will sacrafice themselves to allow him to keep it.
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Old April 12 2013, 01:08 AM   #21
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

Part of me wonders if River already knows (or will find out at some point) what this secret is. We still don't know how she learned his name, which she whispered to 10 in the Library.
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Old April 12 2013, 03:29 AM   #22
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

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Part of me wonders if River already knows (or will find out at some point) what this secret is. We still don't know how she learned his name, which she whispered to 10 in the Library.
She's his wife. She probably saw his license when he was pulled over for driving a Tardis under the influence of jelly babies.
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Old April 12 2013, 03:40 AM   #23
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

Honestly, I just assumed a timey wimey paradox is why the Doctor tells River his name: he knows she has to know it since she told it to him. And that's the only reason he told her.

Though I guess, it's just as likely she was there on the Fields of Trenzalore when the Question was asked.
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

Has it been established that what River whispered in the Doctor's ear was his name?
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Old April 12 2013, 04:36 AM   #25
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

If they do give his name, I hope it is done Neverending Story style- unintelligible to the audience* and giving us something new to debate for the next 50 years.



*I know it was Moonchild in the book. But that's neither here nor there.
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Old April 12 2013, 05:41 AM   #26
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Has it been established that what River whispered in the Doctor's ear was his name?
This is what Tennant's Doctor said to River in Forest of the Dead, "River you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There's only one way I would ever tell anyone my name. There's only one time I could."

So yeah, its pretty much established unless someone can prove that 10 is lying.
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Old April 12 2013, 05:55 AM   #27
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This is what Tennant's Doctor said to River in Forest of the Dead, "River you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There's only one way I would ever tell anyone my name. There's only one time I could."

So yeah, its pretty much established unless someone can prove that 10 is lying.
Ah, you're right, I had forgotten that scene.
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Old April 12 2013, 08:57 AM   #28
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Has it been established that what River whispered in the Doctor's ear was his name?
This is what Tennant's Doctor said to River in Forest of the Dead, "River you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There's only one way I would ever tell anyone my name. There's only one time I could."

So yeah, its pretty much established unless someone can prove that 10 is lying.
Rule number 1...

I still maintain that the question is actually Doctor, who?
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Old April 12 2013, 02:49 PM   #29
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I actually couldn't care less about what his name is. A name is only a sound that is associated with a person. And Moffat can come up with any sound to associate with the Doctor. It's really meaningless.

It would only be shocking (to some) if it was something like Jesus. But, they won't be going there.

No, I'm much more interested in his backstory. His early days before he ran away from Gallifrey. The circumstances of him stealing the TARDIS (and the TARDIS stealing him). To me, that's WHO the Doctor is, and the answer to the question. Not a name.

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Rule number 1...

I still maintain that the question is actually Doctor, who?
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