““His real name isn’t the point, you have the name you are given and then the name you choose for yourself and then have to live up to.
Our Doctor makes clear that while he is the 11th of THAT NAME, he isn’t the 11th incarnation. John Hurt’s Doctor isn’t counted (in namesake), as he acted in the name of sanity, and of peace, but not of the ‘Doctor’. This can only be the one who, in ending the Time War killed so many.
‘DOCTOR’ means healer, this is the version of himself that he kept secret..hidden because this the one that broke the promise of what ‘Doctor’ is. He is ashamed of this version. He committed genocide to both his enemies and his own people during the Last Great Time War.
*Whether or not Hurt being the real 9th regeneration which means Eccleston (10th), Tennant (11th), Smith (12th) remains to be seen until Nov.23rd*
**Personally, I don’t think he’s an older version of 8th or an 8.5 or even what some confuses to be the Timelord before he called himself ‘The Doctor’ (before Hartnell) or a future regeneration or The Valeyard or an amalgamation of Ecc/Tenn/Smi’s Doctors.. we’ll see**”
To all that were still confused, there you go.
Doctor Who (S7pt2Ep8): The Name of the Doctor
**Note: The Last Great TW occurred/referenced between 8th Doctor and 2005 reboot**