[AGGRESSIVELY DOESN’T WANT TO KNOW THE DOCTOR’S NAME]
It’s not even that I don’t want to know it
It’s that I don’t think Steven Moffat has the right to name him
oh my god yes
that statement is why I’m so angry
Why can’t he just be named The Doctor? That’s as much a name as anything else.
(also I like to think his name is Rumpelstiltskin.)
First of all, “the Doctor” is what he wants to be called, ergo it is his name
Second of all, out of every writer who has ever worked on the show, why should Moffat be the one who gets to make this decision (on the other hand, Moffat has made every effort possible to prove that the show is His Now, so I really wouldn’t put it past him)
Third of all, what does that say if Moffat decides that a “legal” “birth” name which is recorded only in the archives of a planet that no longer exists, a “name” which hasn’t been used in centuries, is more “real” than the name an individual actually is and wants to be called by
what does that say to trans* folks
what does that say to people who’ve changes their names for other reasons
what does that say to anyone who, for whatever reason, has changed their name, or prefers to go by a name other than what is on their government papers, or uses different names in different contexts
I just… wow Moffat you’re a terrible person
Do you still love Moffat now? Honestly.
I… don’t think it’s like that, though?
(Just gonna say straight off the bat that a) I don’t like Moffat either, and b) I don’t want to know the Doctor’s name either, and c) my knowledge of Classic Who is limited so apologies if I’ve somehow got the completely wrong end of the stick.)
As far as I understand, Time Lords don’t use their birth names because their names give people power over them of some kind. Even from an early age (in the Time Academy, which children enter when they’re 7), budding Time Lords are assigned different names to their birth names for their safety. For example, the Doctor was Theta in his youth. Then, when they graduate the academy, they are allowed to chose a name/title that they feel represents them/their aims for life.
Which begs the question how did no one suspect the Master was a little touched in the head before he started killing people hmmm.So yeah, not only does the Doctor not have a problem with his birth name (he may actually quite like it, idk, I’ve never had a chance to ask him), just with people knowing it, he also hasn’t seemed to have a problem with people assigning him names that are not his birth name, and not names he chose either in the past - and which, I think, he’s been called by the Master/the Rani/some other Time Lords/Ladies during Classic Who, whilst he was operating under his title of the Doctor. Which makes the whole “you’re disrespecting his choice by trying to unearth his birth name and call it his real name” a tad pointless.
tl;dr, the Doctor has had a bunch of names other than Doctor, and keeping their birth names secret is more to do with protecting themselves than not wanting to be called by it
Yes, Moffat is a douchebag/idiot who doesn’t realise he’s a douchebag. Yes, this series hasn’t been the greatest ever. Yes, pretty much everyone is in agreement it’s time for him to leave the show.
But no, everything he does on the show is not part of some fiendish plot he has to single-handedly put rights for women/LGB people/trans* people/people of colour back by 20 years. Please can we stop turning everything he does into some dramatic attack on minority rights that he’s thought up whilst cackling madly and clubbing baby seals to death.
Some people see reasons behind things that just aren’t there.