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The Christmas Invasion

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 3, 2006, 14:04
The episode of Doctor Who shown at Christmas contained the first use of a
conlang for significant amounts of dialogue in the history of the
programme. Previously, the TARDIS' telepathic circuitry has always
translated whatever alien languages are encountered (apart from a few lines
of a Venusian lullaby, sung by the Doctor in "The Curse of Peladon", which
went to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"). However, this time,
with the Doctor's regeneration failing, the circuit broke down, and Rose
found herself unable to understand the language of the Sycorax.
Fortunately, UNIT were able to program some sort of translator (it was
implied that this was based on alien technology). When Rose found herself
able to understand Sycoraxian, she realised that the Doctor had revived.

It would be interesting to track down a copy of the script and analyse the
Sycoraxian dialogue, but unfortunately it may take a while to do this -
I've tried contacting the BBC's Doctor Who website, but unfortunately they
aren't able to track down and transcribe the script. The scripts may be
published in book form later this year, though.



R A Brown <ray@...>