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Well, that is sort of hyperbole.  But in many respects I am.  I do hold an earned Ph.D., and I am very old.  Sometimes I feel older than my years.

Please know that this is just a bit of fiction, and a poor one at that.  Just some fantasy, but that is the essence of literature.

I was born before most of you, and will be here long after you are gone.  I am a Time Lord, and forget what BBC says about our planet and how I destroyed my race.  That was a ruse to keep our enemies away.

Remember that I was selected as Lord President so long ago, and still unofficially function in that capacity.  I am actually now their covert operative to protect Gallifrey from attack, pretending to be the last of my people.  But I am not.  We still exist in untold millions, but only a few of us travel.  The rest keep with scholarly activities.

But that is not all.  We are a passionate people, but know that it is best just to attempt to keep our hormones in check.  I guess that I should explain a bit about our people.  We are a curious lot, but for the most part have given up seeking out others, because we tend to interfere with their true outcome.  I was a bit different.

We had given up traveling about the universe centuries ago.  We had done that extensively, and had crafted our vessels to do so.  The first ones were crude, and could only travel a few light years in distance and only a couple of decades of your years back and forth.  Then the brilliant scientist, called Trans, found a way to use a controlled black hole as a power source.  After that, no point in time or space was off limits because The Eye of Harmony, as Trans called it, has essentially unlimited energy.  But I digress.  I shall tell you more next time.  You seem to be more interested in my personal life.

When I was just a lad, only 90 of your years, I took a third generation TARDIS for what was supposed to be a test drive.  At the time, we had no compunction about traveling here and there, as long as we did not interfere.  I interfered.  By the way, it was a Type 40B, and forget about the nonsense that BBC says, it was NOT an antique!

To use your vernacular, it would be like driving a 1967 Camaro!  She has a lot of thrills, and may not have airbags, but still a thrilling thing to operate!  She and I became friends fast, and before long had adapted to each other so that I was the only one who could drive her.  My key was the only one who could open her door.

Yes, "she" is the proper term for her, because we love each other.

Anyway, I found your planet and decided to study it.  I think that we are a bit more passionate than your people are, and I found a young (19 years, of your reckoning) girl who caught my fancy.  Her name was Cindy, and she was lovely.  I gave my hearts to her, and the DNA was close enough that she bore a child.  I did not intend to impregnate her (it takes at least ten attempts because Gallifreisin women store semen for months before releasing it), but I did.  I truly loved her, and always will.

Then came the Cybermen.  They found the TARDIS signal, and tried to kill us.  Intense radiation was used, and Cindy's body took the brunt of it.  As a young Time Lord, I was sort of immune, but it affected me as well.  I took Cindy and our unborn child back into the TARDIS, which is pretty much impregnable.  We went back to Gallifrey, and Cindy with her dying efforts gave birth to Susan.

The radiation aged me, and even though I was only 90 or so of your years, became a very old man in appearance quickly.  The strange part is that Cindy looked her 19 years until her human body just gave out, and she is in a mausoleum in my world, looking as lovely now as she did almost 900 of your years ago.  Before she went away, Susan was born.

I always called her "Granddaughter" because of my premature aging.  I guess that both of us have good genes, because she is still with us, on my planet, and has two dozen of my real grandchildren.  Even half human, they are fully Time Lords.   I guess that we needed new blood.  Susan and I used to travel extensively, but it just too dangerous for her.  She loves Gallifrey, and now is a philosophy professor at the Academy.  

For me, I just travel and try to identify our enemies and neutralize them.  With Cindy gone, I am very much alone, but often keep the company of her people.  I really am fond of humans, and several have been more than "just friends" with me.  That is a matter for another time, though.

My understanding of your culture is that this is a special time of the year.  I wish you the best wishes for your winter solstice celebration!  Since Gallifrey does not tilt on its axes, we have no seasons there.

Love humans, because they are the hope of the galaxy!

The Doctor

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    I still believe in love.

    by Translator on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 04:16:05 AM PST

  •  Oh no, can't blink my eyes! (2+ / 0-)
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    Stone angels!!!!!

    "How quickly these kids have affected the public dialogue. So proud of them." Clarknt67

    by TexMex on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 05:04:21 AM PST

  •  Can't stand this season's storylines (2+ / 0-)
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    When did Doctor Who go from "Awesome" to "Depressing Anime Soap Opera"? It's not Matt Smith's fault, he's so good that it took me half-way through the season to realize how much I hate the current plots. Bring back Russell T. Davies!

    I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

    by eataTREE on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 06:15:47 AM PST

    •  Agreed! Matt is excellent, but (2+ / 0-)
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      eataTREE, kerflooey

      the stories sort of suck.  I do not like the new TARDIS, either.  Please back to the Tom Baker era!   Did you see my scarf?

      Warmest regards,


      I still believe in love.

      by Translator on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 06:25:37 AM PST

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    •  100% disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      which makes it fun, don't you think?

      I disliked the last two Doctors and have no interest in going back to watch episodes I've missed. The new team, with Moffat running it, has returned it to what I liked about it with Baker and Davison.

      "Things are never so bad they can't get worse" - Dallasdoc

      by Shahryar on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 09:58:36 AM PST

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      •  I guess I missed the whole (1+ / 0-)
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        "maudlin and depressing" aspect of the Baker and Davison storylines. Or the part where the Doctor's (and therefore the audience's) attention was fixated for an entire season on three of the Mary Sue-iest Mary Sues who ever sucked up all the air from a room: Little Miss Amelia Perfect and her perfect little girl-wish-fulfillment husband, and River Fucking "Please Go Away Already" Song, in case you weren't keeping score. I want all three of them shot into the heart of a star.

        I want to see the Doctor outwit the Monster of the Week and save the planet by being clever and awesome; not endless handwringing and fake drama over Mary Sue's missing-children and love-interest subplots that Simply Will Not Die. Not to mention the totally fake drama over The Doctor's incipient mortality (Will the Doctor die? SPOILER WARNING: No, of course he won't.) The tone of the show has gone from "scary yet optimistic" to "dreary and depressing".

        I want Doctor Who back.

        I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

        by eataTREE on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 10:51:19 AM PST

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        •  you forgot this (1+ / 0-)
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          I want to see the Doctor's expression consist of bugging his eyes out without blinking for episode after episode. That'd be Tennant, if it's not obvious who I mean. Man, that's some acting! It must be hard to do that for hours on end.

          "Things are never so bad they can't get worse" - Dallasdoc

          by Shahryar on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 11:50:48 AM PST

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          •  I'm not pro-Tennant (2+ / 0-)
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            I'm anti-wangst. To the extent that Tennant wangsted (which is a lot), I'm anti-Tennant. Fortunately most of his scripts gave him quite a lot of being clever and awesome and saving the planet to do, ahem ahem, leaving only so much time left over for Le Wangst.

            Now Nine... there was a Doctor.

            I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

            by eataTREE on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 11:57:30 AM PST

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            •  by the way, recently saw some Hartnell (2+ / 0-)
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              We decided it would be fun to see the very first episodes, since we'd never seen them before. It's fascinating to see how they pulled off the stories with such a tiny budget. A simple plot device like the Doctor losing his matches made for lots of drama.

              I'm looking forward to renting some more of the early ones. I think Hartnell might end up being one of my favorites.

              "Things are never so bad they can't get worse" - Dallasdoc

              by Shahryar on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 12:50:04 PM PST

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              •  He would had played the role (0+ / 0-)

                longer except he became ill with arteriosclerosis and became increasingly moody and began his ability to remember his lines.

                I liked him; he had character.

                Warmest regards,


                I do not believe in anything.

                by Translator on Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 06:41:47 AM PST

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        •  I tend to agree with (0+ / 0-)

          your analysis.  It has gone from being good fun action and wit to being a soap opera.  The Pertwee and Baker (Tom) incarnations has the best actors and the best stories, in my opinion.

          Warmest regards,


          I do not believe in anything.

          by Translator on Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 06:38:41 AM PST

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  •  I want David Tennant back (2+ / 0-)
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    he was really the best with Tom Baker now my second favorite, but regardless Dr Who (And did anyone else notice that Eccelston was listed as Dr Who but Tennant, who was a REAL fan insisted that they change the billing to "The Dr") is one of the best series on tv!

    The speed with which someone tells you they're a Christian is inversely proportional to the probability they'll act like one.

    by FrankieB on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 08:03:08 AM PST

    •  I liked Ecc a lot. (2+ / 0-)
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      eataTREE, FrankieB

      He brought the Tom Baker inspiration in it.

      But Tom was the very, very best.

      Warmest regards,


      I still believe in love.

      by Translator on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 08:33:54 AM PST

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    •  Smith is perfect (1+ / 0-)
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      He just needs a better plot: "Doctor Who is clever and saves the planet" rather than "Doctor Who angsts over Mary Sue some more". Somehow Moffat, who turned out some of the best New Who storylines in earlier seasons, turned into a teenage girl fanfic writer when he took over the show.

      I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

      by eataTREE on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 10:56:01 AM PST

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