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5th June 2011 (23:14)

Just finished watching the last Doctor Who episode on iPlayer and I have three minor comments:

1. Do the TARDIS's translation circuits not work on babies? Not necessarily to talk to them fluently, but at least to know that "Wah wah wah!" means "I'm hungry!" while "Wah wah wah!" means "I'm tired!", "Wah wah wah!" means "My nappy needs changing!" and "Wah wah wah!" means "I'm scared of the big green reptilian lesbian alien Consulting Detective who eats people!"

2. Nice to see the return of the "Only water in the forest is the river" comment from a previous episode. I'm now thinking, though... if River Song does turn out to be the Doctor's future wife, this makes Amy the Doctor's future mother-in-law. And that amuses me greatly. :)

3. Also, if the little girl from 6.02 was Melody aka River, that means River Song can regenerate. Which kind of explains how she's still alive in the 52nd century...

*Uses River icon since I have no River icons* :-)


Posted by: me_llamo_nic (me_llamo_nic)
Posted at: 5th June 2011 22:23 (UTC)

Much like Ancient High Gallifreyan, Baby is a language that the TARDIS can't (or maybe just won't) translate, and yet it can be learned by those willing to study.

*uses regular old Doctor icon since I have no "you-should-call-her-'Mummy'-not-big-milk-thing" Doctor icons...yet*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th June 2011 22:45 (UTC)

Maybe this particular TARDIS just doesn't have a maternal instinct and so can't understand babies. :)

Posted by: me_llamo_nic (me_llamo_nic)
Posted at: 5th June 2011 23:27 (UTC)

Maybe. But it's never translated Gallifreyan writing. (Or that writing in "The Impossible Planet"...maybe babies speak Satanic!)

Posted by: woman_of_ (woman_of_)
Posted at: 6th June 2011 00:29 (UTC)

Crying fit to wake everyone in the household at 3 am means satanic to me

Posted by: Owen (owenthurman)
Posted at: 6th June 2011 08:19 (UTC)

I can confirm that baby is a language that can be learned by those willing to study. We usually call them parents.

I remember being astonished how fluent the grandparents were with my first.

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 6th June 2011 00:34 (UTC)

1. Human language, by definition, requires conceptualisation. Babies are big on immediate reactions to sensory impressions and short on general concepts and can therefore have no proper language.

Either that, or the TARDIS has a built-in kiddie filter that basically spends all of its processing power telling the baby "No, of course the Sontaran didn't just offer to nurse you."

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 7th June 2011 17:19 (UTC)

2. Well the Third doctor did dress like a northern club comedian from the time (Velvet jacket, frilly shirt) so he probably remembers a few mother in law jokes

3. Also means they can cast a different actor as a young adult version of Melody/River

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 7th June 2011 18:14 (UTC)

OMG...what if they had Summer Glau as the younger River Song?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th June 2011 21:52 (UTC)

They had James Marsters on 'Torchwood' so getting Summer on Doctor Who seems reasonable. :) (And you did see my icon on the original post, I take it?)

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 8th June 2011 18:04 (UTC)

The Whedonverse/Whoverse crossovers are increasing: Anthony Head and Mark Sheppard on DW (Mark Sheppard is some kind of walking Sci fi TV rift in space time), James Masters on TW with Dichen Lachman in the upcoming series, and Eliza Dushku's voice in the animated webisodes.

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