An anagram was a word or phrase created by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.
When adopting a false identity, the Master sometimes used an anagram. In 13th century England he went by Sir Gilles Estram, and on the starship Gallery he used Mr Seta. Each was an anagram of "Master". (TV: The King's Demons, AUDIO: Dust Breeding)
The Mimic's inability at original thought caused it to use anagrams. When it merged with Francis Pearson, it used the names Persona and Sperano, both anagrams of Pearson's last name. Even the name it became known by, Managra, was an anagram of "anagram". (PROSE: Managra)
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Roy Tromelly was a pseudonym used to conceal the identity of actor Terry Molloy in Remembrance of the Daleks, so as not to spoil early that the Emperor Dalek was in fact Davros. It is an anagram of Molloy's name.
Torchwood, an anagram of Doctor Who, was used at the beginning of the 2005 reboot to prevent interception of the first few episodes. The name was used as an in-joke in some series 1 scripts, and the Torchwood Institute was later a major plotpoint in the arc of the second series. Russell T Davies liked the name and eventually used it as the title of the first spinoff from the new series, Torchwood.