I seem to remember the 12th Doctor telling his name (it might have just been his last name) to a character in one episode, about halfway through his run. I'm inclined to think it was "Bazel", although I may be wrong.

Is there actually a 12th Doctor episode where he says his name (and we, the viewers hear it)?

I am looking for the episode (or its lack of existence), not the name itself; there's already a question asking about the name.

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    The Doctor's real name is a running joke that has been going on for over 50 years. It has never been said and I'm pretty sure it never will.
    – tilley31
    Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 14:28
  • Does Who ever actually say his name?
    – DavidS
    Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 15:47

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The scene you're thinking of is in series 9 episode 8, The Zygon Inversion.

DOCTOR: What's your name?

OSGOOD: Osgood.

DOCTOR: No, no, no. Your first name?

OSGOOD: What's your first name?

DOCTOR: Basil.

OSGOOD: Petronella.

DOCTOR: Let's just, er, stick with what we had.

This is almost certainly a joke, however, like the other instance in the question you linked.

Note: the American pronunciation of the word "basil" has a long A sound, but the British has a short A sound. That's why you're remembering "Bazel".


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