Fisher-Becker: The Fake Ending

He’s everybody’s favourite old, fat, blue and occasionally-headless black market trader… He’s Dorium Maldovar!

Dorium quickly became loved in the world of Who; his was only a brief cameo in last year’s The Pandorica Opens, but Moffat liked him so much, he reappeared in the mid-series finale, A Good Man Goes to War. Despite his beheading (oh, stop; that’s not a spoiler!), he returns in Saturday’s epic series conclusion, The Wedding of River Song. And actor Simon Fisher-Becker couldn’t be happier about his role in the Whoniverse.

Interestingly, he revealed to CultBox a few details about the fake ending of A Good Man Goes to War:

“The episode as a whole I thought was superb. I was as surprised as everybody else about the revelation at the end. I had no idea, because when we did the read-through we had a different ending. The revelation at the read-through was that the cot tells you the Doctor’s real name.”

Are we to presume this is still relevant, perhaps a way River knew the Doctor’s real name in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead? This might be a good way to wriggle out of the ‘real name’ thing; if we found out, the show surely wouldn’t be Doctor Who anymore…?

And a warning for fans with a nervous disposition: CultBox’s interview includes an explicit use of the word, ‘tickedyboo.’


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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