This week the remaining Doctor Who season 7 posters were released, revealing the adventures that will lead up to the 50th Anniversary special. Missing in the group, though, was the season 7 finale poster. That poster has arrived today – and with it the potential for the biggest reveal in series history: the Doctor’s name.
In the Doctor Who season 7 finale poster, the title of the episode is revealed to be “The Name of the Doctor”, confirming that this season’s last episode will touch upon the underlying series mystery, but tag-line on the movie-style poster also reads “His secret revealed.” Could this be confirmation that the answer to the question, “Doctor Who?” will be answered, or is series producer Steven Moffat simply toying with fans?
When it comes to revealing age-old mysteries on Doctor Who, Moffat has made it clear over the course of his tenure that he’s not a fan. In Moffat’s opinion, the imagination of those watching is more powerful than anything that could ever be realistically done in the series to answer many of series’ mysteries. That being said, there’s more than just a title and a tag-line that suggest we’ll find out the truth about the Doctor.
The first Doctor, William Hartnell (1963-66)
At Comic-Con last year, Moffat was asked if he knew the Doctor’s name, to which he replied, “We find out the truth, but I cannot pass it on.” After a bit of back-and-forth with Matt Smith about withholding the Doctor’s name from him, Moffat confirmed that he knew the Doctor’s name and then said, “…you’ll see.” Thanks to Doctor Who season 7 being split up over 2012 and 2013, there’s no doubt that Moffat had, at the time he made those comments, already plotted out the course of the season, including the finale. But if this does mean that the Doctor’s name will be revealed, there’s much more that must come with it, thanks to the season 6 finale.
“On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the eleventh, when no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a question will be asked, a question that must never, ever be answered,” a headless Dorium Maldover said to the Doctor before repeatedly beckoning “Doctor Who?” as the episode came to a close. So, if this is the time when the Doctor’s name will be revealed, it will be done at the fall of the eleventh – but how can the eleventh fall if Matt Smith is in the 50th anniversary (and isn’t leaving anytime soon)? This, perhaps, is where a bit of word play comes in.
The eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (2010-present)
Since a “fall” for the eleventh could be any number of things, literal or philosophical, and the question of “Doctor Who?” needs to be answered, there’s a good chance that what fans believe will be the reveal of the Doctor’s name will actually be more about the character itself, revealing the history of the Doctor and not his name. But still, even if there was some truth to that, Moffat’s previous comments do point directly at a name reveal. Alas, it’s still a bit of a mystery.
If a monumental Doctor Who reveal is in the cards for the season 7, there haven’t been any hints of it yet. After this week, Doctor Who will only have 3 episodes to prepare for what’s to come in the finale and so far, the story is technically focused on Clara, even though her mystery has yet to really be touched upon. Still, past seasons of Doctor Who have shown that anything and everything can change in a single episode – so with another month left before the finale, there’s more than enough time to set things up for a (hopefully) satisfying (possible) reveal of the Doctor’s name. Maybe.
You can check out the posters for the remaining episodes below:
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