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While talking to my daughter about the Doctor Series, in general, I made an observation that made me wonder if anyone noticed that the Doctors of the Doctor Who series, past and present, made a bold identification of themselves as the Doctor who is an alien.

I do know that David Tenant version, he made a clearer picture of how old he is and all the extra meaning needed to identify himself as a timelord.

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Not exactly sure what you're asking here. – TylerShads Apr 7 '13 at 6:16
Do you mean, did the various incarnations of the Doctor make it clear to humans that they weren't human? I believe they certainly never tried to hide it. – NiceOrc Apr 7 '13 at 22:42
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Doctor Who refers to how characters identify the David Tenant character and past actors who have played the time lord.

Doctor is the title that the time lord uses to identify himself, and this started way back in the first Doctor Who film back in 1965 called Dr. Who and the Daleks. In the beginning, the Doctor reference was regarded as a Ph.D. title since the time traveler was an inventor who invented a time machine, and went on an adventure with his family. In the film his last name was actually "Who".

The film versions are slightly different from the original 1963 television shows that introduced the time lord. There he is referred to as "The Doctor".

It's only later that the BBC combined the two to create the name "Doctor Who" as the main character, rather than a show title.

The only other time lord to be featured in the series is the The Master. So they are not referred to as "Doctors". Only the main character is Doctor Who.

To refer to multiple time lords you would call them Gallifreyans, since they come from Gallifrey.

The Doctor does have a real name, but it's never been revealed in the show. That's part of the mystery of the character.

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Thanks Matthew and Origin for the reply, it makes sense. I have suspected many attempted to obtain his true name hence the mystery of it. I can only imagine his name is a long one as one of his Time-lord partner said "Romanavonlanlonder..." or something sounding like that. :) – Peter M Taylor Apr 8 '13 at 12:10
"The only other time lord to be featured in the series is the The Master." False, other Time Lords were featured before the Master was even a concept in the writers' minds. – Pharap May 28 '14 at 9:10
@user1924393 Romanadvoratrelundar – Pharap May 28 '14 at 9:12
Thanks Pharap for the correction – Peter M Taylor May 28 '14 at 9:23
This answer is wrong in several details. The question clearly is not asking about the film, as in the film "Dr. Who" is not an alien. In the television series, the character is never actually referred to as "Doctor Who", although the credits do use the name for the first few seasons (I believe they stopped some time around season 8 or 9, if memory serves), after which the credit is changed to "The Doctor". And as several have pointed out, there were numerous other time lords included in the show (the earliest was in the serial "The War Games", which was the season 7 finale). – Jules May 28 '14 at 17:24

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