Goal of the next week: I’m going to try to slip these into conversation every now and then.
This is the best line in almost any TV series ever but you really only understand the enormity and profundity of it if you are familiar with the whole show’s mythology and it’s just so beautiful and I was in the bath and I cried.
this is perfect
One of the best lines in the series.
His face, though.
“That’s not his name. Doctor who? I’d say if we knew his name we’d have a clue to all this.”
- Ian Chesterton in An Unearthly Child
“Doctor… Doctor who? It’s more than just a secret, isn’t it?”
- Madame de Pompadour in The Girl in the Fireplace (written by Moffat)
The witches in Shakespeare and the psychics at Pompeii both read his mind and were unable to find his real name. Before he graduated school with a doctorate, before he chose “The Doctor” as his nickname, he went by the nickname ΘΣ, which River Song wrote out on the cliff of Planet One, next to some space co-ordinates.
ΘΣ is pronounced “Theta Sigma” and people called him “Thete” informally. In some Greek translations of the bible, “ΘΣ” is used to denote “God”, and sometimes “ΟΣ” is used to denote God. “ΟΣ” literally translates to “Who”. And, also, the three shapes that make up “ΘΣ” can be rotated and resized to look like W, H and O.
He chose the name “Doctor” because of it’s universal definition as “wise man” or “healer” across all planets (though in some cultures, like the Gamma Forest, it means “warrior”), but he didn’t realize that the word was coined from himself. It’s a tautological paradox — the word “Doctor” describes him, so he picked it to describe himself, but he went on to become the eponym for the word “Doctor”. He is named after himself.
“The Oldest Question”… His nickname was written on the oldest planet in the universe, Planet One, and, as the oldest and last living Time Lord, his time line touches more of history than anyone else’s. As the only successful ‘renegade’ Time Lord, he has probably time traveled more than anyone else.
Moffat says he always believed his name was hidden because it was some “terrible secret”, and, I guess Moffat is going to be the one who tells us what his name really is, and what it means, and why he’s kept it hidden.
I am excited.