Its meant as more of a riddle than that. We're told when the question is asked, silence will fall.
Sounds like what Wittgenstein wrote -- that what cannot be said must be passed over in silence... turned into a kind of literal thing.
Moffat has suggested in interviews that his name is just "The Doctor" and that the word "doctor" in the English language is a reference to him, The Doctor. ie. the answer to the riddle is that there is no riddle.
actually the gag has been running for years and starts with the Dr. showing up and giving his name at the start of an episode .... he has done this a few times but not often.
then some human - often a military officer or government official misses the name and asks "Dr. Who?"
Hello I am Dr. J____ S____
Dr. Who ?
I do not recall exactly what episodes have done it but I know that it happened back in the 70's with at least one of the classic Dr.'s
recently I loved the Ep where the lady did not know she was converted to a Daleck Body and made them all forget the Dr. and they all started saying "Dr. Who, Dr. Who......" that one was great!
his name he gave may have well been a fake as it's so very very common
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