Friday, October 12, 2012

Doctor Who in Flatland





Welcome to Doctor Who in Flatland, a world of only two dimensions. Only London and alien planets, terrestrial and extraterrestrial. In this world, there are no terrestrial cities other than London.




In this world, the two-dimensional time-traveling beings have no concept of other cities outside the London area, unless they are cities on alien planets. 


These two-dimensional time-travelers have no understanding of Paris, Tokyo, Milan, Dubai, or of yours truly... from their 2-D perspective my finger looks something like this: 

Their Perspective

 My Finger

Hello Doctor Who. 

[Screams]

Fear of the unknown, or should I say, not yet known. 




It's a puzzle if we see only London; how does anyone ever see another city? The unknown city. How do we ever leave London? 

"Don't be afraid," I said to Doctor Who and his companion, Rose. 

"Who said that, where are you?" asked the two-dimensional time travelers. 

"This is always the tricky part to explain...I'm in another city. In another space. I am 278 miles southeast of you, across the English Channel. 

[Rose Tyler Screams!]



"Never, never use that word!" replies Rose, trepidatiously. 

"What word?" I ask. 

"The A-word," she explains timidly. 

"Across?" 

[Shriek!]

"It's forbidden by BBC." 

"Well, what do you think it means?" I inquire. 

"I don't know, and I don't want to know," explains Rose, defiantly. 

"You can be severely punished if you use that word," she explains. "Are you a ghost?" she inquires. 




"I hope not. I just live in a different city than you do. I can see things from a direction you can't, yet." 

"Oh yeah? Like what?" she asks in an indignant tone. 

(Contemplating my answer...) "Well, okay, you have a console room in the middle of your Tardis, inside it you use mercury, a rare ore named Zeiton 7, a trachoid time crystal, and artron energy, a temporal energy generated by the Time Lord minds."

"How'd you' know that!" exclaims Rose. "Are you, are you a god?" 

(Chuckling...) "Well, not any more than you," I explain. "You see, since I am across the Channel from you [Rose screeches!] ... ha, ha, ha, watching Doctor Who on television, I can see things inside your Tardis." 

"Across the channel on television? You are a crazy ghost. There's only two dimensions, alien ones and London:

 


"So, if I were to touch the inside of your Tardis, how would I do that?"

"You'd have to cut through the door. Otherwise it's impossible," explains Rose. 





"Ready for more?" I ask. 

"More what?" Rose asks. 

"Dimensions. Cities," I suggest. 

"Yes. No. Yes. But there aren't any...more [more, more, more]," she explains. "What will happen to me? In what city will we land?"  

"You have to land in another city to know..." 






Doctor Who in Flatland












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