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Moffat: Doctor Who Numbering Doesn’t Make Sense

will probably come as no surprise to Doctor Who fans, but Steven Moffat doesn’t
believe in your Doctor numbering system. Moffat introduced the War Doctor in
last November’s 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor,
which threw off fans’ unofficial system, which has William Hartnell as the “First
Doctor,” Patrick Troughton as the “Second,” etc. Moffat says of this system:

are all wrong! He has never called himself the anything-th Doctor in the show.” 

the Doctor was a real person and walked in here, and you said, ‘Which
incarnation are you?’ he’d have to think, just as you’d have to think about how
many houses you’ve lived in. He never thinks of himself as a numbered Doctor. The
Twelfth Doctor means the twelfth actor to have played the lead in Doctor Who. That’s
all it means. There is no such character as the Twelfth Doctor and never has

do you think of this comment? Does he have a point or is this only a
papering-over of the confusion he’s caused? Leave a comment!