can you please explain the cerulean / doctor who thing please??
Okay, so briefly:
In Classic Who it was established that the ruling Time Lords were divided up into several different “Chapters”, I think three were originally established in the show. The Doctor was in the Prydonian Chapter, for instance, and the various Chapters were given certain characteristics that their members typically fall into.
Later in some novels three more Chapters were added to this, and one of these was the Cerulean Chapter. It wasn’t given any further information until someone asked the author (Marc Platt, I believe) what the Ceruleans actually did. His response was that he had imagined they were kind of like the Green Party in British politics.
Thus was a meme born. Because obviously, since the Green party is reputedly full of tree-hugging nature lovers, the Ceruleans would also be full of nature loving tree-huggers. HOWEVER, it has been established that in the stagnant society of the Time Lords, the only people who really go outside much are those who leave to go out into the wild and abandon the Time Lord society. I imagine the robes are rather a pain to drag through the mud.
And with a little exaggeration and hyperbole the Ceruleans took on the characteristics of obsessive plant-lovers in a society with an extreme aversion to dirt, so all their interactions with plants are amateurish and full of wonder, and slightly over the top.
And obviously people on Tumblr have taken it upon themselves to align one way or another, some as Cerulean plant-lovers and others as Time Lords from other Chapters who are filled with disgust, fear, and loathing at the behaviour of the Ceruleans. I, for example, have tried to strike a balance due to my alignment with the Prydonians (It’s the Chapter that’s got the reddest robes) which allegedly produces the most renegades. And in my capacity as a rebellious Time Lord I have taken it upon myself to annoy everyone by not only touching the plants (disgusting everyone not in the Cerulean Chapter) but doing things like eating the wrong plants (irritating those in the Cerulean Chapter), and generally plotting nefarious things.
The alignment thing was bubbling under the surface for a while, and then someone posted something insinuating that those aligned with the Ceruleans were trying to sneak plants into all aspects of Time Lord society it all came to a head and everyone got a bit overexcited posting about touching plants, and being disgusted by people who touch plants.
Okay, so that wasn’t brief. But it’s a bit of fun, and so when I link to a picture of Sylvester McCoy being mildly affectionate towards some potted plants I, in my capacity as a Prydonian, take offence to the fact that he has been obviously influenced by members of the Cerulean Chapter.
Imagine how silly Faction Paradox feels when they realise that rather than twisting the timelines into knots and mastering ritualistic magic in an effort to shock and offend the Time Lords, they could just have gone around touching plants.
I really hope that one day, one of us becomes involved in writing for Doctor Who, so that the Doctor will just nonchalantly throw out something about most Time Lords being terrified of plants, and no one will ever know why that one sentence will be so funny to me.