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I was trying out some typography in photoshop and decided gallifreyan would make a fun subject to practice on.


 - The top one is a colourful one, saying "Kindness" in reference to 12′s beautiful speech in the finale, written in Sherman’s circular script.

 - The middle, darkest one says “Koschei Oakdown”, and I think suits the young Master very well. I love the effect of having part of it ‘shadow’ the other, I might use that technique again some time, but maybe make it more visible. Also in ‘Shermanic’ as I find myself referring to this script as.

 - The last one is blotchy and I hope still readable, saying "Without Hope, Without Witness, Without Reward" in Collective Gallifreyan script, a conlang project I recommend checking out.  

So I hope you enjoy them!

Edit: Fixed a couple Spelling mistakes.

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Galaxy Print Doctor Who Saree | “We’re all stories in the end, just make it a good one.”


I painted a galaxy print saree for my graduation, and because i’m a massive nerd, it has a Gallifreyan palla with my favourite 11th Doctor quote “We’re all stories in the end, just make it a good one”. There might be a TARDIS or two floating around the time vortex as well. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Circular Gallifreyan in All of Time and Space

                                         

                                           Introduction

Gallifreyan, is the language used by the Time Lords of Gallifrey. It is (allegedly) a fictional language used in the BBC TV show Doctor Who. 

There are three known forms of written Gallifreyan; Old High Gallifreyan, Modern Gallifreyan and Circular Gallifreyan. 

Old High Gallifreyan, the original ancient language of the Time Lords, was declared by the 11th Doctor to possess the power to “raise empires and destroy gods”. But by the Doctor’s era, it fell in disuse and was known only to very few. Modern Gallifreyan, an evolved form of Old High Gallifreyan was common at the time of the Doctor.  

By the end of the last great Time War, Gallifreyan could be written using a complex system of interlocking circles, hexagons and connecting lines. This form of Gallifreyan is known as Circular Gallifreyan. 

Circular Gallifreyan is a language closely linked to the TARDIS. The TARDIS contains a translation matrix, giving it the ability to adapt to every other language, at least for those of us who aren’t Time Lords. In Muggle terms, Circular Gallifreyan is more of a cipher or code than an actual language. It can be used to write any language that can be translated to the same script as English. Since 2005 this version of Gallifreyan is used very commonly on the Dr Who TV show. 

 

                         Guide to Circular Gallifreyan

 

Step 1) Learn the Basic Alphabet 

Getting familiar with the basic alphabet is incredibly helpful

I recommend memorizing the individual alphabets because it makes the reading and writing process much faster, but if you don’t want to do that, then you can use the chart below for reference to the consonants.

In circular Gallifreyan, there is no version of ‘C’. When there is a ‘C’ in a word, you replace it with either ‘K’ or ‘CH’ depending on whichever sounds closer to it. 

Some people write a version of ‘C’ that looks like ’D’ but with 4 dots. But that version is rather confusing because that can have different interpretations, so I prefer to stick to the ‘K’ method. 

Step 2) Vowels in Relation to Consonants 

Vowels are generally attached to the consonants directly before them. In which case they will be placed “in relation to the consonants” as seen in the chart below.

Vowels can also be put separately if there is no consonant before them, or if that is more convenient. In such a case, they are placed as seen in the alphabet chart.  (see step 1)


Step 3) Reading and Writing Simple Individual Words

Circular Gallifreyan is written and read anti-clockwise starting from the central bottom part of the circle.

Things to Keep in Mind :-

1) When you are writing the words, make small markings for the lines and dots you need for the alphabets and join them later. This way you can visualize the whole word. The lines can be drawn in any direction, what is important about them is their number. 

2) When writing words with double letters, like Gallifrey that has 2 L’s, make a smaller circle within the bigger one. Similarly, 2 T’s and all the other alphabets can be doubled by making a smaller version of themselves within the original letter

Examples :-



Step 4) Grouped Words

In Gallifreyan, words in a sentence are grouped together, making the individual word circles form a larger circle. This is done by putting the individual circles in an anti-clockwise pattern. 

When reading Gallifreyan sentences, start at the lowest part of the circle at the bottom of the main circle and read it anticlockwise. Then do the same for all the other circles in the main circle, going in an anticlockwise direction. 

Examples :-

Eventually, with practice, you should be able to read and write extensive  passages in circular Gallifreyan

Examples :-


(Examples above are - ‘Love the running’ and ‘bad wolf’)



Step 5) Punctuation 

In order to read and write large sentences in their proper grammatical context, the following system of punctuation is used in Circular Gallifreyan.

The punctuation of a sentence can be done by placing the necessary punctuation next to the pertaining word circle or by placing it in the outer circle of the word.




Step 6) Number System

 There are many systems for writing numbers in Gallifreyan. There is even an entire system of doing advanced mathematics! But, since the last time I saw my mathematics book I stabbed it with a knife, killing it like the horcrux it is, I’ll stick to the two most basic methods. 


I personally prefer the second method, because it’s much easier to use for really large numbers, like if you’re writing the date (or star date). But, method 1 is the one that is seen used in Doctor Who. The second version is more like using roman numerals, to an extent. 

Step 7) (optional) Decoration

Circular Gallifreyan has a beautiful script, so it will look good whether you write it free hand or elaborately with a compass. If you do want to make it more decorative, then there are various things you can do:-

• Draw an extra outer circle 

• Indent the inner circle

• Join the lines of the different circles together

• Change the thickness of certain circles in bigger phrases

Step 8) Test Yourself


If you need any help or translations, feel free to ask me!



- Medini Sriram

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What is Gallifreyan?

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine found out that the Gallifreyan used by us humans (i.e. fans of Doctor Who) was not actually canon to the show, and it made me want to put into words what Gallifreyan actually is, and how canon it really is.
(In addition to that, this is my 100th post and I thought it would be appropriate for the occasion) 

The Gallifreyan used to write actual phrases is not exactly canon. But, the visual language of circular Gallifreyan is. Different kinds (or aesthetic forms/styles) of Gallifreyan are seen on the show everywhere :-

But these don’t have any translatable meaning to us. Most of the Gallifreyan seen on the show is essentially artistic gibberish (unless there’s some secret Gallifreyan High Council conspiracy that the BBC hasn’t told us about)

So, some amazing fans of the show( @shermansgallifreyan @rasiloniangallifreyan @brittanybgood for example) were inspired by the stunning Gallifreyan artwork of the show, and created real systems of Gallifreyan, giving these forms meaning which could be understood and translated by us. 
These systems of circular code or language which we use, just give this beautiful visual language of the Time Lords a real world meaning that we can understand - almost as though, when we watch the show, the TARDIS’s Translation Matrix works on us too, adding another layer to the experience of running away with the Doctor every week.
And since the first form of translatable Gallifreyan was created, it has grown to become this incredible extended fandom of the show, which at this point is practically canon (well, at least in my head it is).

This might just be speculation, but with the popularity of these fan made systems of Gallifreyan, it looks like the actual show has started using them to hide secret messages or Easter eggs, in addition to the usual circular artwork Gallifreyan of the show. For example,  in Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 6 - Extremis, the device which gives the doctor temporary sight appears to have Sherman’s Gallifreyan on it and roughly says what looks to be “To be paid back in full”; and in the Series 7 Episode The Day of the Doctor, in one of the scenes of Gallifrey, there is a Time Lord with what appears to be the word ‘ten’ written on his neck, which some think indicates his number of regenerations. 


That being said, if this theory was true, then the phrases themselves are incorrect – the ‘ten’ on the Time Lord’s neck is the upside down from the way it’s supposed to be read (unless of course it’s supposed to be seen from the Time Lord’s own perspective), and has an extra line connecting the N letter to the T.
In the Extremis quote, what clearly looks like Sherman’s Gallifreyan, actually says ‘t - be- poid- bjj-uj-fegh’. While this sounds like it’s nothing like the phrase “to be paid back in full”, the positioning and design of the letters is essentially identical, but without the correct spacing and embellishments (dots and lines in the correct place and direction). 

In conclusion, Gallifreyan is a canon language of the Time Lords of Gallifrey as seen in the show Doctor Who ( @doctorwho ), and the systems we use to write Gallifreyan are forms of Gallifreyan (similar to the styles seen on the show), but with deeper meaning as we can actually write and understand them. In my opinion, these developed forms of Gallifreyan develop a new level of context in the show, and I hope we get to see more of them (and more accurate depictions of them) in the true canon of the Doctor Who universe - creating an additional layer of immersion to a show that already works like a brilliant, intricate, ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.