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Doctor Who thing: your name (or any text) in Gallifreyan

PLEASE do not email me asking me to translate anything into Gallifreyan, or interpret Gallifreyan symbols, or anything else along those lines. I have nothing to do with this translator program and I cannot help you with it.

Gallifreyan isn’t a real language like Klingon is, though some fans are trying to make it so. One of them, artist Loren Sherman, has developed a guide to one fannishly developed form of Gallifreyan: at Sherman’s Planet, you’ll find primers for writing text, musical notes, and mathematical symbols in Gallifreyan.

You can also download a translator program. Here’s what my name looks like in Gallifreyan:


And what “flick filosopher” looks like:


None of this is official, of course, and the translator program allows you to create alternative versions of whatever text you want to translate. So perhaps this is better thought of as a Gallifreyan design generator… which would be perfect to use in conjunction with yesterday’s Thing: make-your-own Gallifreyan-style window shades.

Thanks to bronxbee for the heads-up.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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