The trap is set. The Doctor's friends

Will travel where the Doctor ends

~ First rhyme being heard as Vastra and Jenny fell into the trance
This man must fall as all men must

The fate of all is always dust

~ Second rhyme heard when the Doctor and Clara were cornered at the tombstone bearing River Song's name
The man who lies will lie no more

When this man lies at Trenzalore

~ Third rhyme heard after the Doctor and Clara fell into the secret entrance to the Doctor's tomb
The girl who died, he tried to save

She'll die again inside his grave

~ fourth rhyme heard when Clara had her memories awoken

The Whisper Men are enemies that appear as secondary antagonists in the Doctor Who episode "The Name of the Doctor". They are servants of The Great Intelligence.


The Whisper Men could morph into the appearance of Walter Simeon at will, and much like the human embodiment of the Great Intelligence, seemed to be hollow on the inside, or unreal. They moved slowly, and lacked features, except for extremely white faces with blackened skin around their mouths and sharp teeth. They had angular faces with vague depressions where eyes should be, and exaggerated chins and cheeks. They wore the same Victorian garb as the Great Intelligence's form as Walter Simeon. They also bear a resemblance to The Trickster from Doctor Who's spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.


When struck by Strax, one simply appeared to evaporate where hit, and then reformed. They could also pass their limbs through flesh, when instructed by the Great Intelligence to stop the hearts of the Doctor's friends. It was stated that they could kill with a whisper and they spoke in rhyming couplets, although their mouths did not move in sync with their speech. They appeared to hiss at their victims, and travelled in small groups when attacking.

They could also disappear and reappear in different places. With Clarence DeMarco, they disappeared from outside the jail cell and reappeared inside his cell, in which they gave him information that he could use to save his life.