ABSTRACT

The Name of the Doctor is, at the time of writing, the most recent episode to have been broadcast. It finds the Doctor entering his own tomb, at Trenzalore. A startling view of the TARDIS is revealed at Trenzalore. It stands, immense, marking the Doctor’s tomb. As a way of summing up we want, now, to consider the way that Doctor Who uses time as a major part of the drama of the inner world. The Doctor is also “a doctor” in some sense; and even a kind of inadvertent therapist, with responsibilities, taboos, and talents. A proper respect for history and timelines which we witness in Doctor Who’s ethical framings is translated into a register where the connection to everyday ethics is made more apparent. The Doctor lives in the space between isolation from and connection to history so conceived, a space dramatically figured in the TARDIS and through his stories.