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Is there anywhere (in canon) where the Doctor's real name is ever revealed? I know that several people do know it or learn it at some point (like the Master, River, and Clara for example), but is it ever revealed to us?

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    Nope... Absolutely nowhere is it actually revealed... The Doctor has joked around it, but nothing solid. – Stark07 Jun 24 '15 at 5:43
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    Doctor's true name is Bob – Petersaber Jun 24 '15 at 6:44
  • @Petersaber Nah, it's Mildred! – Rand al'Thor Jun 24 '15 at 16:25
  • To answer to a merged question : John Hurt is not the Doctor's name at all. Sir John Hurt is the actor who's playing the War Doctor. So the "Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor" is nothing more than a presentation. – Saphirel Jul 20 '15 at 14:16
  • Did you notice how the show is called "Doctor Who?" – Lightness Races in Orbit Aug 20 '15 at 11:59
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The Doctor's name is unknown.

The true name of Doctor Who is one of the great mysteries of the series (e.g. see here).

Steven Moffat, the executive producer, has said the Doctor's real name is Mildred, but this is generally assumed to be a joke. (Rule #0: the Moffat lies.) In Series 9, the Doctor tells Osgood that his first name is Basil, but this is presumably also a joke. (Rule #1: the Doctor lies.)

In Series 10, it is claimed that his real name is Doctor Who:

BILL: So, why do you keep calling yourself Doctor Who?
MISSY: Because I'm pretending to be him. Because that's the whole point of this ridiculous exercise.
[...]
BILL: Yeah, but he's called the Doctor, so
MISSY: He says, I'm the Doctor, and they say, Doctor who? See, I'm cutting to the chase, baby. I'm streamlining. I'm saving us actual minutes.
BILL: Yeah, okay, whatever.
MISSY: Also it's his real name.
[...]
BILL: Sorry, what do you mean, it's his real name? Nobody knows the Doctor's real name.
MISSY: I do, because I grew up with him, and his real name is Doctor Who.
DOCTOR: Bill, she's just trying to wind you up.
MISSY: Chose it himself, you know, trying to sound mysterious. And then he dropped the Who when he realised it was a tiny bit on the nose.

-- S10E11 (World Enough and Time)

Again, I would assume that this isn't actually true. (Rule #2: the Master lies.) If the Doctor's name really is such an earth-shattering secret as it was made out to be in Series 6, then it would hardly be the thing everyone says as soon as they meet him. Nor would the question broadcast from Trenzalore in "The Time of the Doctor" make sense if that question was actually his real name.

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    I've taken the liberty of merging your answer over to this (in my mind, superior) question. – Valorum Jun 24 '15 at 6:02
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    @Richard I was wondering how rand al'thor was able to answer the question 22 days before it was asked! – Often Right Jun 24 '15 at 6:11
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    @n.soong - He's a witch! BURN HIM!! – Valorum Jun 24 '15 at 6:30
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    @Richard I think it'd be more appropriate to declare him as a timelord... considering the context :P – Ben Jun 24 '15 at 6:49
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    @Ben New question: Is Rand al'Thor a Time Lord? :-D – Rand al'Thor Jun 24 '15 at 8:50

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