/begin mega headcanon rant
I have this theory. Now, I’ll start by saying that I’ve not seen all the Classic Who nor read all of the various comics/books/other shit yet, so somebody tell if if I’m wrong, please.
But hear me out here.
As super-awesome as they are, so far all of the sources I’ve found for learning to read and write circular gallifreyan have been fanmade. Which is awesome, and definitely says something about the awesomeness of Doctor Who fans.
But, it would still seem as if there’s no canon system of writing gallifreyan and translating back and forth from other languages, yes? So stay with me here guys, but what if that’s because you can’ttranslate it into any other language?
I know, I know but what if…what if Gallifreyan isn’t a spoken language at all? What if it’s a telepathic one?
POINT 1: It seems to be commonly held as a fact of the DW universe that the Doctor is telepathic. Hence, Time Lords are telepathic. If you had a society where everyone was telepathic, you would not need a spoken language system. But you might need to leave a note for someone, because as far as I can understand it(which is very little I’m sure) Gallifreyan telepathy is somewhat based on proximity, and you wouldn’t necessarily be able to contact someone on say, the other side of a city or town. Hence, you have circular gallifreyan. Which, I think, would basically act like sigils, kindof. Like, when you look at them and they give you a mental picture/information in your head. But only if you were already able to understand telepathic communication.
POINT 2: What if the reason the Doctor doesn’t tell people his name is he just… can’t? I mean, thoughts are the most complicated thing ever, so trying to translate them into words, as we all fucking know, can be some real difficult stuff sometimes. Now think of how much more complicated a Time Lord’s brain is compared to a human, How many more thoughts.
POINT 3: Now, (again people, stay with me here) think of what a Time Lord’s name would actually be. Not their title, mind, but their true name. Your true name is a summation of everything you are. Think of the sum of experiences, memories, hopes, idle thoughts, and infinite possibilities that is the Doctor, or really, any Time Lord at all…
Now go ahead and find a word for that in any known language.
Don’t feel too bad, I can’t do it either.
I know the Doctor has told his name to a few select people, but even so I say this does not totally disprove my theory. The first example that comes to mind is River Song - well, she’s half Time Lord, obviously she would be telepathic. Also(and I’m not sure on this one sorryyy) I believe he tells his name to a human once - TARDIS Data Core(my favourite place evar) is telling me her name was Samantha Jones and she had some fucked up timelines.
I have a secondary theory that travelling in time and in the TARDIS at all would activate your telepathic abilities. Even for humans, well, maybe not all humans. But the alert, smart people that the Doctor picks as his companions? You bet.
I think that’s everything. Am I crazy? Am I onto something?