The Doctor’s Secret Identity (series 7 final theory)


Many theories have been floating about on the internet about the series seven finale The Name of the Doctor. The episode premiers on Saturday (although there are rumors that it has leaked onto certain torrents) so we will finally see what Moffat has in store for us and The Doctor.

One theory that I found intriguing was the theory raised by Paul Verhoeven in his video What’s the Deal with Revealing the Doctor’s Name, which is embedded below.

If you do not want to watch the video I’ll summarize it. In the late 80’s Andrew Cartmel was the script supervisor on Doctor Who and sat down with Sylvester McCoy, who played the Doctor at the time. They discussed how to make the show darker, and they came up with an idea that has come to be known as The Cartmel Master Plan. Though the show got cancelled before they could reveal this plan the idea was explored in the novel Lungbarrow written by Mark Platt. In the novel it is revealed that there were three founders of Timelord society: Rassilon, Omega, and The Other. Through a series of events Rassilon and Omega plan to kill The Other but before they can The Other steps into a genetic loom and gets burnt to a crisp. It would have been revealed in McCoy’s run that The Doctor was the reincarnation of The Other and he was slowly remembering who he was.

This idea of The Doctor being somewhat a Timelord elder has been hinted at throughout Tennant and Smith’s run and there is a possibility that Moffat is planning to bring this to full fruition in the series finale. Now trying to predict Moffat is like trying to survive a fall from an airplane without a parachute, you might make it but probably not; so any theory is most likely wrong but out of all the theories I’ve heard this sounds the most interesting.

If it is revealed that the Doctor is The Other this could create a whole new dynamic for the show. Also it would show respect for the original series and Moffat has said many times that he is truly a fan of classic who.

So will Moffat set up The Doctor as a Godlike figure? What do you think? Would you like to see this happen or is there something else that you find more likely? Please send your theories to If we like your writing style and speculation, we may even post it on here and invite you to join our writing team!