Pop Culture moment: THE DOCTOR SPEAKS OLD ENGLISH

Well, that’s extrapolation. You see, I just got around to watching the Dr Who Easter Special, during the course of which episode, the Doctor asserted that:

1. He speaks all languages.

and

2. He was at the court of AEthelstan in nine-hundred-and-something.

Ergo, the Doctor speaks Old English.

Just give me a moment to properly savour this fact.

On the other hand, The Doctor thinks it’s appropriate to bash up priceless medieval relics in order to make an anti-gravity bus. FAIL, Doctor, FAIL.

Medieval relics > anti-gravity buses.  Someone send a memo to the BBC.

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5 Responses to “Pop Culture moment: THE DOCTOR SPEAKS OLD ENGLISH”

  1. Hannah Says:

    But why does he have to when the TARDIS automatically translates for him? How does he know when he is actually speaking a different language if he perceives Latin in Vesuvian Pompei as English (or Gallifrigian?) and they perceive Donna’s English as Latin and her Latin as Celtic?

    Maybe he just thinks he’s speaking different languages.

    And what happens to dialects? And accents? How could Queen Victoria pick on his Scottish accent if he otherwise sounded ‘normal’ to them? And what ‘normal’ does his voice default to slotting into in any given culture? Is it something like the way his psychic paper works, without him really having to think about it?

    These are important questions.

    • R Says:

      Does the TARDIS translate for the Doctor, though, or just the companions? There’s “The Girl in the Fireplace,” for example, in which he knows that Reinette is speaking 18th-century French. *Mickey* can’t tell, but he can. I’ve always assumed, based on that episode, that the TARDIS translates for the human companions more or less all the time, but doesn’t have to for the Doctor.

      Why the TARDIS translates into English, but doesn’t translate accents or dialects, though–search me.

    • highlyeccentric Says:

      Oh. Bum. RUIN MY FUN WOULD YOU.

  2. kishnevi Says:

    On the other hand, The Doctor thinks it’s appropriate to bash up priceless medieval relics in order to make an anti-gravity bus.

    But don’t forget. He’s seen so many relics that’s he had undoubtedly lost count of them. And of course, he probably has seen most of them before they were relics, and were simply medieval stuff lying around medieval places–much less impressive to see it that way, don’t you think.

    • highlyeccentric Says:

      That doesn’t mean I’m going to sit by and watch a prop purporting to have belonged to Aethelstan be bashed up into a device to make a bus fly!


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