Whispering the Doctor’s Name

I just got caught up and watched the two-part Doctor Who episode(s) “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead“. We’ve been given snippets of hints at the Doctor’s identity before – in one episode in the Tom Baker era, an old acquaintance knew him by the name Theta Sigma – which is the abbreviation for the Greek word THEOS, meaning God, used in many New Testament manuscripts.

In “Forest of the Dead”, Professor River Song whispers the Doctor’s name in his ear, and also at one point seems to call him “Yah”. Perhaps this isn’t surprising – he’s a miracle “man” who came down from heaven to dwell among human beings and save them, having previously caused the Big Bang as well as the spark of life on Earth. Eventually he defeats the devil too, and is there for the universe’s end. So when Richard Dawkins makes a guest appearance on the show, will this be his chance to meet God?

Some have speculated that Professor River Song could be none other than Romana. I’m not sure about that, although “Professor River Song” seems likely to hide behind it in coded or anagram form a clue about who she is. They do keep saying “spoilers”, after all.

At any rate, as the Doctor wondered about her, he realized there was only one context in which he would have spoken his name. In other words, presumably the Doctor and the Professor are married…

So what is the Doctor’s name? If I knew for sure, I’d probably have to respond like Thomas does in the Gospel of Thomas 13, after Jesus whispers to him three words: “If I tell you one of the words which he said to me, you will take up stones and throw them at me; and a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.”

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  • Cool to have fallen over this blog.I love connecting theology & film.Especially as sermon illustrations for younger people.I run “Liturgy”www.liturgy.co.nzI hope you’ll pop by.& maybe link.Let me know so I acknowledge that and link back.Blessings

  • Anonymous

    If we ever did find out the Doctor's true name, I've always thought it would/should be a sign of the end of 'Doctor Who'. Once we know his name the great mystery is over.I've also often thought that the Doctor's real name could be God. I hear Steven Moffat said the Doctor doesn't reveal his name because there's a 'dreadful secret'. What could be more dreadful than discovering that the very concept of God was brought about by the Doctor being careless with time travel. Even a die hard atheist would be freaked out by that.I considered writing a fan fiction to reveal the Doctor's name in this way, but decided against it. There are certain things that a fan does NOT do with the Doctor, most important being 'dob't depict him as being violent' and 'don't explain the mystery behind his name'(of course, I've just broken the second rule by writing this but, Who cares?)

  • Anonymous

    His Real name is ************

  • Anonymous

    You will find out his name in the 10th new season.(2015)

  • The old series clearly states that the reason no one knows his name is because it is a series of unspeakable Gallifreyan symbols.

  • Sasukeman32

    Lol maybe you should take this down considering we all know who Melo- River is now 😉

    • I disagree strongly. I don’t think that people should simply delete content from the internet. The blog post is dated, and so anyone who happens across it can see it is speculation at an earlier point in the show’s history.

      Would you recommend getting rid of all older content speculating about LOST from the internet too?

  • Thedoctor

    getting rid of old stuff is one of the reasons why we can’t completely watch every original Doctor Who now

  • Johnji

    Strongly agree with what you said!!!