I am not from a country that regularly airs Doctor Who, and I wanted to know, what is doctor who's original name?

Does anybody knows this secret ?

Wikipedia said it was unrevealed, but I myself have seen doctor saying that he knows his name(obviously).

Also, I thought, Wikipedia is edited by the people, and it is not straight from the horse' mouth.

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    – Valorum
    Feb 22 '14 at 7:50
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    I'm not sure why you got downvoted: I thought you were new to the show so didn't have a clue where to begin finding the information.
    – Mac Cooper
    Feb 22 '14 at 8:00
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    I downvoted because it's a very lazy question. Two seconds of googling would have led you to any one of 50 sites where you can learn all about the history of Dr Who.
    – Valorum
    Feb 22 '14 at 8:02
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    To be fair the fourth paragraph on Wikipedia says: ""The Doctor" is not the character's true name, which has been left unrevealed"
    – Mac Cooper
    Feb 22 '14 at 8:26
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    I might have to edit my answer: according to that wikia River Song knows his name: I thought she didn't.
    – Mac Cooper
    Feb 22 '14 at 8:39

The Doctor comes from a planet called Gallifrey: he is a Time Lord. His name has never been said on the show. He knows what it is but he chose the title Doctor to go by. If I remember rightly even his wife (River Song) doesn't know his name. Once Clara said it wasn't important what his name was because he goes by the Doctor and that is what he is: a healer, a helper, and he doesn't need any other name.

Oh, and I know you probably just called him "Doctor Who" so we know who you're talking about, but that isn't his title. It's simply "The Doctor", or "Doctor" when to his face. In the first few series the credits listed him as Doctor Who but never in the show that isn't his title.

As for who knows his secret, in real life: nobody has said they do so it seems that nobody does. Due to the nature of a long running show with multiple writers the current showrunner can put his name in whenever he wants. I don't think he actually has a cannon name because that's part of the characterisation: no showrunner has ever included a name for him.

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    Well, I'm from India, and they aren't telecasting BBC entertainment. I miss the series very much. Is there a way out ?
    – Amit Joki
    Feb 22 '14 at 7:52
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    Out of India? Yeah Feb 22 '14 at 23:22
  • The subsciption to an online video site will be less than a ticket to England and back every saturday night. Then again...
    – Mac Cooper
    Feb 22 '14 at 23:29
  • Actually, in The War Games WOTAN says multiple times, "Doctor Who is required!" The first couple of times you could interpret it as: "Doctor, who is required," but the later ones were definitely calling him "Doctor Who" on-screen. I think WOTAN must have been reading the opening titles...
    – CJ Dennis
    Feb 9 '16 at 13:23
  • @CJDennis, well obviously WOTAN was referring to the show! I agree, /doctor who/ is a much needed show ;-) nah but I didn't know that. Feel free to edit it in if you like, I'm none too familiar with the original seasons myself :)
    – Mac Cooper
    Feb 9 '16 at 16:00

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