Steven Moffat

While Steven Moffat may be the showrunner for “Doctor Who” now, at one point in time he was just like any other fan proclaiming his love for the series on the Internet — in this case, the early days of the web.

Radio Times has uncovered an old posting from Moffat, made to the newsgroup rec.arts.drwho all the way back in 1995 in which he throws out what he calls a “stupid theory” about the Doctor’s name.

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Here’s the full text of Moffat’s posting:

“Here’s a particularly stupid theory. If we take ‘The Doctor’ to be the Doctor’s name – even if it is in the form of a title no doubt meaning something deep and Gallifreyan – perhaps our earthly use of the word ‘doctor’ meaning healer or wise man is direct result of the Doctor’s multiple interventions in our history as a healer and wise man. In other words, we got it from him. This is a very silly idea and I’m consequently rather proud of it.”

If that “stupid theory” sounds at all familiar, it’s because it’s now part of “Doctor Who” canon. That’s right, Moffat included his theory in the Season 6 episode “A Good Man Goes to War.”

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In it, River Song (Alex Kingston) tells the Doctor (Matt Smith), “Doctor. The word for healer and wise man throughout the universe. We get that word from you, you know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean? To the people of the Gamma Forests, the word Doctor means mighty warrior. How far you’ve come.”

If making your own theories about the show you love into an official part of the series isn’t the ultimate dream of a fan, what is? Now the search begins to see what else Moffat wrote online about “Doctor Who” when he was merely a fan.

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