I'm Already On My Way: Astronomers Confirm A Planet Similar To Doctor Who's Home Planet Gallifrey

April 30, 2013


In news that's sure to excite everyone except people who aren't super into Doctor Who, astronomers have just announced the discovery of a planet very similar to Gallifrey, the home world of Doctor Who and the Time Lords. Well hot damn. ♫ My bags are packed, I'm ready to go, I'm standing here outside your door, I can't wait to wake you up and say 'Go die.' ♫

According to an article in the Register, NASA came across what it calls a "transiting circumbinary multi-planet system" - in layman's speak, "two worlds orbiting two suns" - using its Kepler planet-hunting telescope, and the Register likens to "Doctor Who's Time Lord homeworld [of] Gallifrey - or alternatively the luxury-planet-builders' planet Magrathea [from] The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy"!

The Register reports the lead author of the study, Jerome Orosz - associate professor of astronomy at San Diego State University - as saying, "Each planet transits over the primary star, giving unambiguous evidence that the planets are real."

Honestly, it's getting to the point where I don't care if a newly discovered planet is similar to one from a sci-fi series I'm into or not, as long as its habitable, I want to go. Hell, even if it's only BARELY habitable, I still want to go. Besides, that'll help cut down on annoying space tourists. "Telling the truth, he is." Yoda knows what I'm talking about!

Thanks to Lisa, who's already bought property there and plans on having a house built as soon as there's a such thing as a decent intergalactic building company.

  • Sam

    #gallifreyfound SIGN THE PETITION! http://www.change.org/en-AU...

  • Grue

    OMD.... the are the Magratheans Time Lords? Or did they just build Gallifrey in their own image? Adams must have known....

  • Bleh

    "...astronomers have just announced..."
    This article is from August of last year...

  • Jason Christopher

    His name is The Doctor, not Doctor Who!!!!
    (sorry, but someone had to say it)

  • Try telling Wotan that.

  • KLanD

    Or Theta Sigma for who know him well.

  • uw0tm8

    Theta Sigma is his nickname. From the academy.
    No one has called him that within five-six hundred years, iirc. Most likely more, I think in 'Lunbarrow', his nick was mentioned.

  • KLanD

    Actually, it's the name River used when she left the message for him. Which is a fairly recent event.

  • uw0tm8

    Nuwho. ew.
    Theta Sigma (ΘΣ), informally Thete, was a nickname of the Doctor at the Time Lord Academy on Gallifrey. (TV: The Armageddon Factor, The Happiness Patrol, COMIC:Flashback)

  • KLanD

    lol.. hardly.
    I'm not saying it isn't a nickname, just stating that it has been used recently.

  • Tim


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