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anonymous asked:

How do we know that humans are actually based off of Gallifreyans?

An audio drama called Zagreus. Since it’s 4 hours long and immediately follows a 2.5 hour audio called Neverland, and since those two make up the finale to a 11 audio arc, I’ll give you the short version.

Rassilon founded the Time Lords*. Since he’s actually a massive dick with an inferiority complex, he engineered the Time Lords in a manner best suited to him.

As the audio then puts it: “Rassilon believes humanian life, the basic physical form exemplified by Gallifreyans, to be the only essential form of life. [unnecessary plot things] All life not conforming to Gallifreyan standard should be destroyed. To this end, Cardinal Rassilon researched life on two hundred and seventy-eight thousand planets. Of those, sixty-nine thousand contained sentient life. To those, Cardinal Rassilon sent, via manipulation of the space-time vortex, a self-eradicating set of biogenic molecules with enough power to rearrange the cellular structure of each planet’s dominant life form, so it would take on Gallifreyan physiology and would continue to evolve along those lines. All other life forms will become extinct within six thousand spans.”

So we’re based off Gallifreyans. (The explanation for non-humanoid sentient aliens is that Rassilon missed a few planets.)

*essentially. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but this is the short version.

To my CisHet Friends

This is not a post about Looming.

This is not a post about why I accept Looming as canon, or what canon is, or why Time Lords are asexual, or why you should accept that they are, or any of that.

A lot of that has been covered here. (Hover for a selection of trigger warnings.)

Actually that post and a polite friend are why I’m doing this.

There was a reason Avia made that post, and that’s because Looming is really fucking cool and has all sorts of interesting parallels and makes Gallifreyans actually alien instead of just human+ and as a bio-nut-slash-writer, I can get behind all of this.

It was not intended to address shipping. Believe me, if Avia wanted to address shipping, you would know. (Avia, dear, you have a lot of strengths, but subtlety is not one of them.) There was, in fact, an entire slide dedicated to saying “yup, go ahead and ship things, and also mental sex is an option”.

Which apparently a lot of people missed.

Furthermore, in the resulting hoopla (because ohmygod we’re shaming smut writers for… forgetting that asexuality is a thing and thereby participating in the erasure of a group of people oh we should really feel bad for ourselves), the following things were said:

mylordshesacactus:

Furthermore, you’re assuming that “asexual” means “physically incapable of having sex” and no, no no no, just fucking no. Gallifreyans are inherently asexual—DON’T tune out and refuse to think about anything else I’m saying because I made a canonically-supported statement—and Gallifreyans can have libidos or they can not, and Gallifreyans can choose to have physical sex with a human or Gallifreyan partner for a wide variety of personal reasons, because that is how asexuality works.

Same post, later:

Also, if you knew exactly how dirty our minds are, boy would you ever not accuse us of shaming porn. Write porn. Write mountains of porn. But write porn that accurately portrays the characters you’re writing it about.

So ship whatever the fuck you want.

But idk, it was late last night, we were all tired, some lines may have been crossed. So to make things clear:

I support Looming, I support the idea of asexual Time Lords, and I have Gallifreyan/Gallifreyan, Gallifreyan/human, human/alien, and human/human ships and at least some in each category have sex.

THESE ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE CONCEPTS

There is a thing called demisexuality, which is not forming sexual attraction unless and until there is a strong emotional attraction to the person(s) first. This falls under the asexual umbrella. It is completely a valid canonical possibility for Time Lords, and fits with what we know of all of the Doctor’s (plausible) ships.

Yes, you can still have shagging. Yes, you can still have your POV Time Lord finding someone attractive. Yes, you can still have wild kinky sex all over the TARDIS.

DO KEEP IN MIND THAT EMOTIONAL ATTRACTION IS A THING

I mean if you’re writing an AU, go ahead and ignore all of this, but if you’re making some attempt to fit with canon (any canon, it’s pretty flexible), please do keep in mind the following:

  • Time Lords are aliens. Honestly, this shouldn’t be something I need to point out, but apparently I do. Time Lords are aliens. They act alien, they view things differently, they’re telepathic and time-sensitive, etc.
  • Time Lords (including the Doctor) fall onto the asexual spectrum somewhereAsexual spectrum. It’s a big place.
  • Time Lords (including the Doctor) probably don’t fit human definitions of male and female.
  • Having your characters talk about any one or all of the above is an excellent way to a) look like you know what you’re talking about (you probably don’t, but none of us do, we’re just making it up as we go along with a lot of references) b) fuel character development and c) immediately create conflict (if not within your ship, certainly without)(if you’re shipping Time Lords, this comes from the individual/society clash)(if you’re shipping Doctor/Master you really don’t need another source for conflict)
  • IT IS OKAY TO HEADCANON TIME LORDS AS COMPLETELY ASEXUAL
  • IT IS OKAY TO HEADCANON TIME LORDS AS DEMISEXUAL
  • IT IS OKAY TO HAVE HEADCANONS

Just please remember that for many of us, Time Lords are the only complex, (mostly) positive example of asexual and/or genderqueer characters, and that media representation is a really big deal.

tl;dr - Gallifreyans are asexual, you can ship whatever the fuck you want, and Doctor Who canon is a really really big place, so be careful when you start saying that the Doctor is “canonically” anything.

anonymous asked:

gx or 5ds?

Haha, what is this “answering asks in a timely manner” of which you speak? Anyway, GX. Hands down.

Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of things I liked about 5ds. Yes, it was an inconsistently written, inconsistently animated, overly-meddled-with clusterfuck of a mess that squandered most of its potential, but there was a ton of potential to squander, you know? If it had followed through on any of it - making the integration of Satellite and the rest of the city as difficult and complicated as it should have been instead of going “Years of brutal prejudice and inequality have somehow magically vanished in six months because group projects are the most powerful force on earth! Or something!”, doing any of the ladies justice in the second half (Aki’s “character development” made me want to spit nails, and don’t even get me started on what they did to poor Carly), letting Yusei have flaws (I could take or leave Kiryu, but I loved his storyline because it showed how Yusei’s loyalty and unconditional acceptance of his friends isn’t always a good thing. That’s the best kind of character flaw: The kind that arises from one of their strengths) and not chickening out of making Z-ONE being him from the future - it would have been something really special.

(Having said that, the Big Reveal kinda worked for me? Like, I could buy it as something that someone came up with when they were so far at the end of their rope that “Step one: Surgically alter myself to look and sound like that historical figure I fixated on after the world went to shit. Step two: Start a cult. Step three: ???????????????? Step four: Apocalypse averted! Yaaaaaaaaaay!” started to sound like a reasonable course of action. Still a copout, though.)

Anyway.

GX took awhile to figure out what the hell it was even about. I mean, for the record, here’s how I feel about the first half:

Buuuuuuuuuuuuut I can see how it might not have been as popular with people who value things like “making sense” or “having a plot.” Also, I’m pretty sure that the writers were drunk for most of Season 1? Like, I picture them waking up from a drunken stupor and one of them squints at a barely-legible list of plot ideas and says, “Something about… Tarzan starts stealing egg sandwiches because he’s upset about not being able to draw the cards he wants?” and someone else is like *shrug* and that’s how Episode 17 happened.

But then comes Season 3, and something fantastic happens, because the theme of Season 3 is “Let’s deconstruct the hell out of our protagonist.” Judai is kind of a space cadet and inexplicably disinterested in classes about his absolute favorite thing in the world? Yeah, that’s what happens when several years of your life are a giant blur. He’s a Magnetic Hero who’s in it to have fun? Turns out that’s not necessarily a good thing - not if you ignore the impact you have on other people, or hide from your problems.

If 5ds’ biggest failing was the way it constantly brought up interesting things and then skittered away from engaging with them, GX is all about characters facing and dealing with their flaws. It’s about how one of the most important parts of growing up is learning that your life is probably going to be nothing all like you imagined and you’re just going to have to roll with it; that you can still be okay even if the universe punches you in the gut multiple times; that if your plan to help your loved ones involves sending them on a trans-dimensional field trip against their will, it is probably not a good plan.

(Or, okay: That one way or another, you have to deal with things. You don’t have to do it perfectly (which is good, because you won’t) or even particularly well; you don’t even have to want to. But you have to deal with your problems, because otherwise all you’re doing is putting it off until they come back ten times worse.)

Also, the fact that Judai marries a dragon on the astral plane delights me to no end.

cleffairie replied to your post: cleffairie replied to your post: I jus…

yeah we dont have very much original main characters, shes like the anti rick we need her around to keep the contrast yanno??? hopefully next season explores more rather than killing off characters i haven’t even thought about her dying dont jinx it

exactly! and their friendship was so great…there was a purposeful parallel between their plotlines last season. Rick had abdicated his position as decision maker and only stepped up when he realized that Carol’s decision is a decision he himself might have made when he was in a darker place…and that scared him. He was trying so hard to ignore the reality of the world they were living in in the hopes of allowing his children to grow up under less violent circumstances. Now Carol has made another tough decision and sacrificed her own children for his. Rick also ripped a dude’s throat out and stabbed another guy to death, and acknowledged that that rage was part of him, and it’s part of why he was still alive. Perhaps he can understand Carol’s mindset better now. That and Tyreese’s forgiveness should make it more than obvious that he misjudged her motive and he owes her an apology (and probably owes an apology to the rest of the group too, given that he acted unilaterally and didn’t tell the council even though he’d previously said he wouldn’t be making big decisions anymore - Daryl took him to task about this). She already apologized to Tyreese; no one else needs an apology from her.

It was actually explained on The Talking Dead that Carol would never have killed those people if they weren’t on the verge of death. That doesn’t justify what she did but it does show that she didn’t act until she felt her action would be a benefit to the group as well as a mercy to Karen and David. People who call Carol heartless aren’t watching the show. Honestly, it’s because she cares so much that she does the things she does. She’s taken that care and made it into a kind of armor.

One thing that always confuses me about how some people perceive Carol’s motivation for killing Karen and David - they call it a “selfish” act that she performed out of fear.

Well, yeah, she did. But not fear for herself. Fear for all they’d built at the prison. Fear for the children in particular. Even Rick said she “did it for them” - “them” being the people at the prison. 

All you have to do to see how deeply the murders affected her is to watch her behavior when Tyreese tells her “you care” and she cries. And then the way she recklessly endangers herself to hook up the water pipe, and later the way she barely moves when the walker falls down the stairs toward her while she’s on a run with Rick. She was clearly conflicted about what she’d done, and it was making her careless. Moreover, every time she endangered herself (like when she went out to hook up the water pipe), it was to help others. She didn’t care about her own life. After Rick goes out to help her fend off the walkers when she’s hooking up the pipe, he tells her “That was a stupid thing you did,” and that he thought they’d decided to do it tomorrow. Carol replied that they “may not get a tomorrow” - she was concerned about everyone getting water. There was an ongoing epidemic at the time and access to fresh water was important. She risked her life because she was afraid she might die before she could finish helping the people of the prison.

That is the very definition of altruistic behavior.

anonymous asked:

Manjoume for 2?

How I feel about this character:

Even if my love of awkward-grumpybutt-who-is-secretly-a-sweetheart types was not as boundless as the sea, you can’t help but like someone who genuinely believes that referring to himself as “Manjoume Thunder” makes him sound cool. Also, I like how his character development is the story of how he goes from believing that he’s a shounen antihero to his realization that he’s actually the protagonist of a slice-of-life indie comedy, or possibly the award-winning children’s book The Very Cranky Marshmallow.

…But seriously, folks.

GX generally did a good job of delivering satisfying character arcs, but Manjoume’s stands out, in part because it ties in so well with one of the show’s major themes: That part of growing up is dealing with the fact that your adult life is going to be nothing at all like you imagined.

So at the beginning of the show, we have this rich brat who’s been given absolutely every advantage - and it’s interesting looking at him as a Kaiba-analogue, because despite some superficial similarities (surly rich kid who’s the show’s first antagonist and suffers an initially devastating defeat at the hero’s hands that turns out to be the best thing that could possibly have happened to him; later settles in as the weird cranky stray cat of the hero’s friend group*) their character arcs are actually inverses of each other: Kaiba started out with nothing and clawed his way to the top, then spends a lot of his screentime dealing with what he did to get there. By contrast, Manjoume starts from a position of extreme privilege: He comes from a rich family, with his brothers paving the way for his future career, he’s one of the top students of the elite Obelisk Blue, he has lackeys and the professors’ favor and a deck full of powerful cards.

And then he loses to Judai.

Well, technically it’s the second time he loses to Judai, but he won’t know that until the post-Season 3 flashback episode. The point is, he loses. He loses the duel. He loses a part of his self-image. He loses his place at the school - not because he actually needed to, but out of sheer cussedness. He even - following one of the most ill-advised boat trips in the history of bad seamanship - loses his deck.

Here’s another one of GX’s major themes: Acknowledging and accepting your weaknesses. Fast-forward through what could, for want of a better term, be loosely called a “plot” (this is Season 1, after all) and Manjoume’s back at Duel Academy, now ranked at the bottom and forced to build up a deck centered around the freaking Ojama Brothers, of all things.

And they’re nothing, nothing that he would ever have chosen for himself. They’re weak and ugly and embarrassing, and he cannot get rid of them, because like it or not they’re his. They’re a part of him. So he accepts them, takes them in - them, and all the other weak-ass monsters he never would’ve given the time of day to before - and makes them his strength.

* Though to unnecessarily continue the metaphor: Kaiba is the sort of cat who looks personally offended when you try to pet it, whereas Manjoume is the kind that hisses angrily as it butts up against you for cuddles.

All the people I ship romantically with this character:

Lowkey with Fubuki or Shou.

My non-romantic OTP for this character:

Judai, and both Tenjoin siblings.

My unpopular opinion about this character:

I don’t think I have one.

One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon:

Post-canon, his house becomes a regular stop on Judai’s World Tour of Whatever. He’ll grouse at Judai to call ahead next time (this will not happen, ever), does Judai think that he has nothing better to do than deal with random moochers - of course the guest room is free, you idiot! When was the last time you ate*, there’s soup in the fridge, god, does he have to do everything himself?!

*Judai has never forgotten to eat in his entire life. He doesn’t bother arguing because a) it’s easier to let Manjoume just wind down on his own and b) it’s hilarious.

my OTP:

Ehhhh…. I don’t really have one?

my cross over ship:

5ds counts as a crossover, right? Anyway, I’d love an AU where he and Crow run daycare together.

Alternatively, he meets Karkat from Homestuck and they live shoutily ever after.

a headcanon fact:

Eventually - not anytime soon, but eventually - he will start doing his laundry before he runs out of clean clothing. Everyone is shocked.

rawadaneth  asked:

About Thranduil's steed, I think it might be an Irish elk (extinct)/ other member of Megaloceros as opposed to a Moose.

So um, maybe.

You’re right about the antlers:

You can clearly see the upturned palm shape complete with ‘fingers’ (the other notable cervid with palm-shaped antlers is the moose, but they have shorter ‘fingers’ and the palm starts closer to the skull).

That being said, nothing else about this animal looks like a M. giganteus or, frankly, any cervid.

The easiest is the size: M. giganteus stood 6.9 feet at the shoulders and weighed under 1500 pounds; the Clydesdale that Lee Pace used during filming was 18 hh or 6 feet exactly, and would’ve weighed about 2000 pounds. A lot of that difference comes from weight distribution: Clydesdales have a lot of weight in their legs as well as their neck and body; moose and North American elk carry all of their weight in neck and body, with skinny toothpick legs.

So when it comes to Thranduil’s mount (hereby dubbed Not!Moose), it should also have skinny skinny legs.

It doesn’t.

But not only are the legs too thick for a cervid, they’re weird in other ways. Red deer are one of the possibilities for the closest living relative to Megaloceros (the other is the fallow deer).

Their hocks are really far back (weirdly far back, for someone whose experience is with dogs and horses). Even when standing, their hocks tend to be in line with their butts. There’s a very sharp turn in the thigh, and the pasterns in the front are long and in line with the cannon bone*.

* Using horse terminology because I don’t know deer and the joints are all in more or less the same place.

Have a different gif of the same shot. Those are very horse-y pasterns in the front: they’re short and angle forward. What’s really really weird here is that these are also clearly not the original Clydesdale legs.

So they photoshopped out horse legs and… photoshopped in horse legs.

The real cincher for me, though, is the neck. Deer have a fairly typical neck Pattern: it slopes down from the head, hits a low point, then curves back up to meet the shoulders. Here’s a moose:

Red deer:

And Megaloceros:

The key is that the shoulders are distinctly higher than the lowest point of the neck.

Compare this to Not!Moose:

The neck slopes smoothly down into the withers. This is, again, a very horse-y shape. Also, looking at that top pic, look at that neck arch. That is not a deer neck. That is a horse neck.

(There is also oddness about the head, but it doesn’t seem to be either deer or horse so I’m ignoring it.)

Finally:

This is a horse movement. The closest I could come in deer was:

And this does not seem to be found in moose, which look the most like Megaloceros. Basically this animal shouldn’t be able to rear, even if it did rear it wouldn’t look like that, and it shouldn’t want to rear because it has 19 feet of antler on its head to use as weapons (since the whole point of a rear is to hit things with hooves)

Also a look at how moose actually move

In conclusion, this looks nothing like any cervidae and I still would like to talk to the CGI crew.

anonymous asked:

I am confuse,I don't understand eighth Doctor's timeline,Is EDA book series about Faction Paradox before Big Finish(shada)or Storm Warning? and The war in the Heaven before Time War or after Time war? please tell me?thank you very much

There are two answers for this.

1. All media takes place in different continuities. The EDAs are in one, Big Finish is in another, the comics are in a third, the Big Finish audios with EDA characters exist in an awkward limbo, we don’t talk about the stage plays, etc. Obviously there’s some room to play around with things and if you’re really big on getting everything to make sense you can pin things down. In this case, the EDA books that talk about the Faction come before the Faction Paradox independent series (more or less–you could also take the track that those two are also in different universes), Shada and Storm Warning are also in different continuities, and the Second War in Heaven and the Last Great Time War take place in two different universes.

… I don’t like this answer very much. It works for a lot of people, but it doesn’t work for me.

2. My answer! Everything is in the same continuity, helped by a) the Faction and b) Eight’s not-infrequent memory loss. In this, the timeline (more or less) looks like this:

  • TV Movie
  • EDAs–with the note here that in the EDAs where Eight meets the Faction, Eight is actually out-of-timeline and the War happens later. Or would have happened. Whatever. (Also Ancestor Cell doesn’t exist. Okay? Okay.)
  • Eight like, trips and falls in the shower and winds up with massive amnesia and a personality transplant to some degree.
  • (If we’re taking the simple answer for the Second War in Heaven, that happens here, there’s a universe reset, and life goes on)
  • Moooost of the Mary Shelly audios??? Idk I haven’t listened to them yet and apparently there’s timeline weirdness (lbh tho, when isn’t there timeline weirdness)
  • The bits from Terra Firma that I’m not about to spoil
  • Another memory problem
  • Storm Warning through The Girl Who Never Was
  • Shada???
  • Probably the comics
  • The Blood of the Daleks through all of Dark Eyes
  • Last Great Time War starts
  • The Night of the Doctor

I am sure I missed something but this is more or less what mine looks like. … With the caveat that the Meta of Doom is still a WIP and so this is not at all what my personal timeline looks like, it’s just the answer I have for people who want to know what the timeline would look like if it was all in one continuity, barring a few resets here and there.

anonymous asked:

What is your opinion on RTD's portrayal of Time Lords in End of Time (and the fact that Rassilon seems to have killed off every other Gallifreyan house besides the Prydonians)?

We’re going to start with the second

So I dislike Rassilon with a fervour normally reserved for Umbridge. The further you get into the EU, the more you realize that Rassilon can comfortably be blamed for everything ever with very little stretching of canon. I find it very easy to accept that Rassilon either a) committed genocide on the species he created or b) forced everyone into the colours of the chapter he founded.

Righto. That was the easy one.

So RTD made the Time Lords into evil maniacs out to conquer the universe, when in the previous 47 years of the show they had actually been stuffy bureaucrats out to make the Doctor’s life difficult and otherwise avoid responsibility. This is a thing I dislike, because we already have a lot of evil maniacs out to conquer the universe, but we’re rather short on bureaucrats.

HOWEVER

It’s actually relatively easy to explain. See, assuming the Time War really is as nutty as it seems to be, even the Time Lords are going to have sanity problems after a while. Especially those on the front line, especially given that (unlike humans) they don’t have generations of fighters. So every soldier on the front line has no frame of reference. Rates of PTSD are going to be incredibly high, and Gallifreyans are all telepathic - we might even be looking at communicable PTSD.

Given that, someone deciding to bring back Rassilon makes total sense, and Rassilon is going to be mentally the strongest. He’s going to be able to impose his mentality on the weakened hivemind, which then leads straight into EoT.

So… intra-universe, it makes total sense. Extra-universe, it pisses me off.

Quick 5 minute meta because this isn’t something I feel needs too much explanation

  • The Fourth Doctor serial The Deadly Assassin has as a plot point the Eye of Harmony, a fucking black hole located somewhere beneath the Panopticon (or in the centre of Gallifrey, if you’re somewhat more rational than Rassilon)
  • DOCTOR: Well of course I mean it. Don’t you realise what Rassilon did? What the Eye of Harmony is? Remember? That which balances all things. It can only be the nucleus of a black hole. 
    SPANDRELL: But the Eye of Harmony is a myth. It no longer exists. 
  • But later stories have shown that the Eye is really fucking important
  • So why doesn’t Spandrell (or anyone else, apparently) know what it is?
  • Well a plot point in the same episode is that the Master has control of the Matrix
  • The Matrix that contains all of Gallifreyan memory and can be modified to change what Gallifreyans know about (Gallifrey series VI)
  • So the Master erased all knowledge of the Eye from the Matrix (and then Four put it back later)

So since the Classic Who/EU fandom blew up again today…

I’ve been thinking about canon.

I don’t think the problem is just that some people think everything is canon and some people don’t. I think it goes deeper than that.

From what I’ve seen, the fighting isn’t because person A thinks Lungbarrow is canon and person B doesn’t. It’s because person A thinks Lungbarrow fits into their idea of what Doctor Who is, and person B has a conception of Doctor Who that doesn’t include Lungbarrow.

It has less to do with canon, and more to do with everyone thinks Doctor Who is something different.

I think Doctor Who is a show that started as an educational sci-fi history show for kids, and has since branched out into pretty much every genre imaginable. This means I am very open to the show doing new things, or encountering things within new areas of the show.

But not everyone feels that way.

And when someone who feels like Doctor who is something different gets into a conversation with me, things can go south very quickly, because we are fundamentally talking about different shows.

My concept of Doctor Who is not the same as someone else’s. When we talk, we are talking about different shows, with different intents, and different characters.

There as many Doctor Who shows as there are fans who like to debate it. Shouting about how “this event isn’t like proper Doctor Who" won’t accomplish anything. It only upsets people who have a different vision.

On Companions and their Backstories

First of all, I love all of the companions. They all bring something to the show and gain something from the Doctor, and that’s pretty much the definition of companion. Second off, some of them have characterization faults. In essence: I love all of the companions in universe. Out of universe, things get a little more complicated.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

could you elaborate on why sometimes you refer to the doctor with gender neutral pronouns? for some reason i was wondering! thanks

Okay!

I have no clue if I have other posts on the matter or what they would be tagged under, so have an increasingly incoherent ramble.

… Well it’s going to start out pretty damn incoherent because I haven’t a clue where to begin.

I guess start with Gallifreyans. I spend a fair amount of time (on other people’s blogs) headcanoning Dark Times Gallifreyans, which are the ones from before Rassilon. One of the things we (those of us who do such things) have agreed on is that early Gallifreyans probably didn’t have a binary gender, not as we think of it. Our (completely unfounded, feel free to come up with your own, but gods does it make a lot of sense) headcanon is that, in order to justify the huge disparity between male (actors) and female (actors), and so Gallifreyans used to function sort of like clownfish.

(copy/pasting from here because you do not want me to paraphrase right now)

Clownfish are protoandrous (=born male) sequential hermaphrodites. They live in groups of one breeding pair, a female and a fertile male, and a bunch of non-fertile (read: asexual) males. When the female dies, the fertile male becomes female, and one of the other males takes his place. Applied to Time Lords, a lot of things suddenly make sense.

  1. Sex: it’s nasty, it’s terrifying, it involves a terrific loss of self-identity, and nobody likes doing it much anyway.
  2. Some bright spark (probably called Rassilon) works out how to make babies with machines! Gallifreyans jump at the chance, but they still keep turning into women, so…
  3. …someone (probably also Rassilon) works out how to make the Looms create female children in the normal ratio. For the first time in, well, ever, everyone stays the same sex all their lives.
  4. Their reproductive hormones either fade over time, or get removed from the genome as useless remnants. Probably the former.

Righto. So we’ve got sex-changing Gallifreyans who can’t even conceive of the idea of remaining the same sex your whole life. If literally any Gallifreyan could become a female, then there’s probably not a lot of difference between male and female, and quite possibly not even a concept of gender. Which means one set of pronouns, because pronouns are for gender, not sex. (Not to mention that they were primarily telepathic and spoken language was to communicate things that couldn’t be passed telepathically and so only one set of pronouns.)

Enter aliens, and (probably much later) regeneration. Suddenly not only can you change back and forth, you now have other people who care about perceived sex and have a concept of gender and a whole lot of opinions on it. So what does your pedantic accuracy-obsessed species do? Come up with seventy quadrillion pronouns, of course. Gender and sex matching, gender and sex not matching, gender being entirely absent, and then there’s previous regenerations…alien genders…alien sexes…aliens…whatever.

With me? gods i hope so

So. The final piece of the puzzle is the TARDIS Translation Circuit. The Doctor speaks Gallifreyan all the time, we just hear English because the TARDIS translates it. English has two sets of commonly accepted pronouns, so the TARDIS chooses to match gender with perceived sex and goes with male. But if you’ve done sufficient amounts of reading, you’re aware that there are a few more genders than just two, and so your options for the Doctor open up.

Personally, I’ve always viewed multiple regenerations of a single Time Lord as “they”, and then I exploit the fuck out of the singular/plural ambiguity. I also dislike the prevalence in the media of cissexual white males, and if it’s a little harder (though not impossible!) to ignore the race of the actors, it’s very very easy to make the Doctor overall genderfluid and male displaying (except for Six who is genderfluid and fuck knows displaying)(Sixie ily but your coat) and then to figure out genders for each individual regeneration.

The only ones I really have decided on are that Five is agender (ey/eir/em) and Six is a genderfluid mess who prefers the bizarrest pronouns xe can find and switches them whenever zie wishes. Also Eight is definitely not cismale but they’ve probably forgotten what they are anyway. (The Master is always male. Not sure why.)

gallifreyshawkeye  asked:

Totally unrelated to the last ask, but I saw that "all you need to know about Gallifreyans" pic thing by Charamei today, and I was wondering where some of that info is from. I guess specifically the whole 'no lungs' thing (but really, any and all of the non-extrapolated physiology stuff). Because it's not that I have a problem with the notion that they don't have lungs, but that doesn't make them non-mamillian in the slightest. lol, I love your guys' meta, tbc

but there are a couple things which the biomed science pre-med person in me goes NO! about :D (e.g. a mammal is a warmblooded vertebrate species with hair and/or fur and mammary glands. If a platypus can be a mammal, a Gallifreyan sure as hell is since a species’ respiratory/cardiac system doesn’t factor into their classification as mammal or reptile :D) haha, and I still can’t get past the constantly concussed state a 2nd brain would be in. Also, we’ve been studying proteins and goddamn if the alpha helices aren’t able to pack against each other if necessary to form a single collective unit. Now, I have no clue where that whole “3rd strand of DNA” originally originated (was it really as recently as Moffat?), BUT, protein helix packing is definitely something which is huge to be able to incorporate! There is /so much/ that could be done with the concept, and my brain is going on overdrive creating a more complete genetic picture and functionality :D

YOU COULD HAVE MADE A POST AND TAGGED ME IN IT

Okay, 90% of things are either from this article or are from somewhere else but show up in it anyway: http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Gallifreyan_physiology

Now. Mammalian versus non. So one, who says that human classifications have any bearing on aliens? Particularly considering the Time Lords, who have hair-like stuff but their “mammary glands” aren’t going to be functional. But this really really wasn’t my fault (I mean, I totally would have been involved, because this is right up my alley, but I was asleep at the time).

Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, and it’s mostly Charamei and Patrexes getting excited at each other.

Note please before you go yelling at people that all of this rests on the headcanon that the vast majority of what we see is a projection filter (of sorts) and that actual Time Lord are much cooler and have tentacles.

tardis.wikia informs me that the third strand of DNA is from The Crystal Bucephalus, which is a Fifth Doctor VMA novel. Almost no one accepts that - I think it’s actually motosomes, other people have other theories.

But have fun with your metas and we’ll see if we can combine them with ours and the canon (such as it is).

Theory: Time Lords did not originate on Gallifrey.

Evidence: The Fourth, Sixth, and Tenth Doctors all referred to “Gallifrey, in the constellation of Kasterborous”. Constellations are named relative to a planet - The Little Dipper does not look like a ladle anywhere but Earth. Kasterborous is a) not relative to Gallifrey, otherwise Gallifrey couldn’t be in it, and b) not relative to Earth - we’d know about it. Yet the Doctor refers to it quickly and automatically - as if everyone knows where Kasterborous is relative to.

Conclusion: Gallifrey is in Kasterborous when viewed from the planet the ancient “Gallifreyans” originated from.

yup-we-are-gonna-need-a-new-one:

Oh no. That would be… perfect, as you just said. As long as we’re mixing companions and eras, have you seen my post where I say I want Barbara to be with Nine and give him her “You ought to go down on your hands and knees and thank us” speech to him the first time they have a disagreement and he calls her a stupid ape?

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#have i mentioned lately that i love your brain?#(but how is the child arkytior don’t the ages not match up?) (x)

The Doctor lies

The Doctor really likes to lie about their age

So does Romana (she’s 140 in The Ribos Operation and 125 in City of Death, which I’m pretty sure is not how aging works.)

So we have absolutely no proof that when Susan says she’s 14 that she's actually 14 in Earth years.

Essentially, based on Romana, we’re pretty sure that in The Ribos Operation, she’s 140 [unknown units] and the Doctor’s 759 [units]. Romana breezed through the Academy, and evidence of the Doctor’s poor career would make it make sense for him to be closer to 250 [units] before he left.

He’d be 250, Susan would probably be around 10 or 20. Say 10.

When they picked up Ian and Barbara, they were probably nearly 350 and 110 respectively.

Does that clear things up?

Rewatching The Invasion of Time for writing purposes. Things I picked up on more:

  • Who the fuck does Gallifreyan interior design and can they be taken out and shot now if not sooner?
  • Leela & Rodan are flirting from about the moment they see each other.
  • The Castellan has access to all cameras, and there are cameras everywhere
  • Rodan, in case anyone was still doubtful, is definitely not a Time Lord and definitely not a guard.
  • The evidence for a caste system is fairly overwhelming at this point.
  • No seriously can we talk about the chairs?
  • Also the plastic plants
  • And the fact that some of the corridors are impossible to walk down
  • Are we certain Rodan is Patrexes? Her colours seem more Scendles to me
  • What Chapter is the Castellan his robes are fucking brown and it’s starting to weird me out
  • … There was something else but I didn’t manage to write it down in time and now it’s completely gone.
  • tardigradetardis: Delgado does NOT approve of the new TARDIS interior
  • charamei: hahaha, no, he wouldn't
  • charamei: it's got... coral
  • tardigradetardis: And colours
  • charamei: yes
  • charamei: black coral is very hard to grow, you know, even for a TARDIS
  • charamei: it'll take him centuries to copy this
  • tardigradetardis: oh bby
  • tardigradetardis: yes
  • tardigradetardis: one wonders what he was planning to do with Eight's
  • tardigradetardis: It was pretty dark already
  • charamei: yeah
  • charamei: same thing but with even dingier mood lighting, I guess
  • tardigradetardis: if it got any dingier, he won't be able to see, tapetum or no
  • charamei: I'm pretty sure this is a recurring problem the Master has, though
  • charamei: he tried painting the roundels black once and kept walking into the console, eventually his TARDIS just got fed up and reverted herself
  • tardigradetardis: She must be so Done with his interior decorating
  • charamei: sure, she can telepathically beam a map into his head, but even that can't stop him tripping over his own feet in the dark
  • charamei: seriously
  • charamei: she just wants something light and airy, maybe in pastels
  • tardigradetardis: and so she changes her desktop when he isn't looking
  • tardigradetardis: and then locks it
  • tardigradetardis: and then the master spends five days with a pale tan-and-green console
  • charamei: yep, and pretty swirly patterns up the walls
  • tardigradetardis: and it's not even in Arcadian colours!
  • tardigradetardis: Like if she has to choose SOMETHING that isn't black, at least she could do red and orange
  • tardigradetardis: But no
  • tardigradetardis: tan and green
  • charamei: it's shocking and embarrassing in equal measure
  • charamei: and he has to promise to let her light it properly from now on before she'll revert it
  • charamei: it's all for his own good, after all

anonymous asked:

It's okay to be scared as a timelord?

I mean. Time Lords (semi)canonically have a phobia of outside/dirt/germs/similar, and are xenophobic to a huge degree, and are generally stuckup asses in all other ways. So yes, Time Lords generally are scared.

Is it ok in Time Lord society? Harder question. My bet would be that since they’re a highly stratified and competitive society, with Time Lords on the top and Time Lords we see (Borusa, Rassilon, Romana, etc) on the top of that pile, that it’s not okay to show your fear. That is, a Time Lord may be afraid of an alien but to show your fear is a sign of exploitable weakness.

Of course, most Time Lords we’ve seen have also been Prydonians and it may be different in other chapters.