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Doctor Who "Bigger on the inside..."

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Old April 12 2013, 05:44 PM   #31
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

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So yeah, its pretty much established unless someone can prove that 10 is lying.
Rule number 1...
The Doctor and River are the only ones in that scene, so he'd either have to have been lying to the one person who would know he was lying, or to himself for the benefit of the audience. Either way, I think we have to take that one at face value.
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Old April 12 2013, 08:42 PM   #32
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Oh I know, just couldn't resist...
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Old April 12 2013, 10:49 PM   #33
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Wasn't "Rule 1..." a Moffat invention? As much as I enjoy the mans writing, I never did care for that statement. Like the Sonic Screwdriver it seems dreamed up as a "get out of jail free card" if you will.
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Old April 13 2013, 08:27 AM   #34
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It depends entirely on the secret and how incredibly cool / breathtakingly stupid it is.

I couldn't give a damn what his name is, so if it's something as idiotic as that I'll be...err...quite underwhelmed (to put it ridiculously politely). I hope Moffat will come up with something worthy of all the buildup, because the ongoing "Doctor Who?" thing is becoming rather irritating.
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Old April 13 2013, 09:12 AM   #35
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

His name will be Nocknock.
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Old April 13 2013, 09:37 AM   #36
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I'm goign to say Yes and No. Yes of course it is interesting to get to know bits about the charcater, but the danager is that if you build it up to much it can't do anything other than dissapoint.
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Old April 13 2013, 09:44 AM   #37
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River is a perfect example of that. The wonder of the character in 'Library' was lost over the course of trying to make her cool. Unfortunately, she jumped the shark and became someone I'm happy not to see, in spite of her being performed so well by Alex Kingston and the chemistry she has with Matt Smith.
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Old April 14 2013, 10:06 PM   #38
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I think the secret is that (even in his-universe) he knows he is a fictional character.
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Old April 14 2013, 11:50 PM   #39
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

So "Kilgore Trout" is the name River whispered to him...?

If that's true, then Jenny and Vastra being the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes was in fact a fiendishly clever foreshadowing of the Question.

...either that, or you're completely bonkers. Gotta be one or the other.
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Old April 15 2013, 01:21 AM   #40
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The doctor's dad " We named the Dog doctor".
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Old April 15 2013, 05:27 AM   #41
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It's Bob, he isn't proud of it.
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Old April 15 2013, 05:46 AM   #42
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

I didn't read the link, but as a new viewer, I would love to know why is he so special. Everyone wants to know his name, I just want to know why he's the "Doctor" when you never see him actually be a Doctor other than a few minor times.
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Old April 15 2013, 08:16 AM   #43
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I didn't read the link, but as a new viewer, I would love to know why is he so special. Everyone wants to know his name, I just want to know why he's the "Doctor" when you never see him actually be a Doctor other than a few minor times.
I am a Doctor and you never see me do medical things either - what's your point?
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Old April 15 2013, 09:15 AM   #44
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Re: Do we want to know the Doctor's secret?

I'm guessing that the answer to "The Question" will reveal a number of big secrets.

The first secret is that his name, per se, is not the answer to the question, nor what the question is really asking for in the first place. The question is asking "who" the Doctor is on a much deeper level than that of a mere name. A mere moniker is pretty meaningless devoid of a meaningful context, isn't it?

The second secret, is that while the Doctor will answer the question truthfully, as the prophecy states, his answer will likely result in one of those situations where this new info merely presents us with even more questions than we started with. The truthful answer won't solve any great riddle about the Doctor, but merely establish that an even greater riddle exists, and one which he has been totally unaware of until forced to answer the question of "who?"

And the quest to discover the nature of this new riddle, and it's mysterious answer, will simply provide an added element to the Doctor's adventures over the next 50 years or so of storytelling. (I'm guessing that his truthful answer to "Doctor Who?" will be, "I don't know". And having to finally face the fact that he doesn't really know "who" the hell he is, or what really motivates him, sparks an open-ended quest to discover the secrets of his own past/place in the universe/etc.)
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Old April 15 2013, 01:40 PM   #45
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I just want to know why he's the "Doctor" when you never see him actually be a Doctor other than a few minor times.
Explained in The Sound of Drums.

Doctor: "Master."
Master: "I like it when you use my name."
Doctor: "You chose it. Psychiatrist's field day."
Master: "As you chose yours. The man who makes people better. How sanctimonious is that?"
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