For those of you who are dying to see the season finale of Doctor Who, I hope you pre-ordered your Blu-ray copy of the second part of season seven, as about 1,000 plus copies have been shipped early in the United States of America, which includes the yet unaired “The Name of The Doctor,” that reveals the actual name of the Doctor.

The BBC has confirmed the flub via Twitter after two different people posted online that they received and viewed the DVDs in the mail.


Without reposting the entire synopsis, this snippet seems to align with what has been going on in the IDW Publishing series Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, that we have been reviewing on this site.

The Great Intelligence kidnaps the Doctors friends, including River Song. They go to the graveyard planet Trenzalore.


You can read more (sans the actual Doctor’s name) at ONTD

And though the two or three people who have posted that they have received the DVDs early haven’t posted any major spoilers, that hasn’t stopped someone from attempting to post the episodes online via the various torrent sites.  The BBC is currently taking down those posts as quickly as they can, and though you may not be able to access the actual episode before it airs this weekend, it is only a matter of time before the name hits the Intardwebz and everyone loses their stuff.

Honestly, I’m very surprised the Doctor’s name hasn’t been spilled out already, which means fans are either really honest and great, or I’m just not looking in the right place.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. May 13, 2013 at 9:45 am — Reply

    I heard it was Bob.

  2. JoeM
    May 13, 2013 at 9:55 am — Reply

    No no no, Bob’s your uncle. :D

  3. Mark
    May 13, 2013 at 10:02 am — Reply

    it’s Stephen Schleicher

  4. May 13, 2013 at 10:16 am — Reply

    It could also be that while characters on the show learn the name, we the audience may not.

  5. May 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    His name is Susan and he wants you to respect his lifestyle choices.

    No, wait, that was his horse.

    • May 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm — Reply

      No, no, Susan was his granddaughter.

      • May 14, 2013 at 11:42 am — Reply

        Yes, but in a more recent episode, he had a horse named Susan as well. It was in the episode “A Town Called Mercy”. He used that line after the preacher says the horse had a male name, and the Doctor corrected him by saying “Actually, his name is Susan, and he wants you to respect his lifestyle choices”.

  6. SilverPiper
    May 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    River only whispers it in his ear. We never hear it.

  7. RequiredName
    May 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    Why shouldn’t we watch it? Better to take the bitter pill of Moffat slowly destroying a once-beloved series so that we may all begin a long period of mourning and recuperation earlier, than to allow these people higher ratings for piss-poor writing. Hell, until a legit torrent does show up (which it hasn’t), this is just a ruse for Moffat to troll the fans he hates and make up an excuse about how he’s turned this show into total shit.

    • Ludan
      May 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm — Reply

      Moffet is not destroying Doctor Who, he’s building upong the legacy he’s been handed and moving it forward. The show can’t stagnate that’s the point – the Doctor is always moving forward and away and never looking back. Moffet is using perspective, he should be commended.

      • May 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm — Reply

        Moffat has destroyed the “classic” essence of Doctor who and he’s making it to big and over the top. He’s making the show a franchise which is usually when shows start to go down the drain. Thank you for destroying a classic television Series Moffat, thank you.

        • May 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm — Reply

          I wont say moffat cant write, because episodes that he has penned have been some of the best of the new series. such as blink…
          But as the show’s head he has spat in the face of everything that was who, and i dread the 50th penned by him!
          Wibbily Wobbly Timey Wimey is his fix for everything and its just not the case!

    • Marcus
      May 15, 2013 at 1:02 am — Reply

      negative much ?

  8. Monique
    May 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    Or. Or. OR. The Doctor’s name isn’t actually being spoiled. Ever thought of that?

  9. Ian
    May 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    Dr Howard? Dr Fine? Dr Howard?

    • May 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm — Reply

      Doctor! Doctor! Doctor. Doctor. Doctor! Doctor. AAAANNNND Doctor.

  10. Jessica
    May 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    I’m thinking the fact that it hasn’t been leaked means his name isn’t revealed.

  11. Oldcomicfan
    May 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm — Reply

    There is a third possibility that you missed: Most people just don’t give a damn. I haven’t watched Dr. Who in twenty years and to be frank, I haven’t missed it much. As Shakespeare might have put it, all the fuss about the Doctor’s name is Much Ado About Nothing.

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