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HOLY BALLS GUYS I JUST REALIZED THAT ONE OF MY FAVORITE FOURTH DOCTOR QUOTES IS NOT ONLY A GREAT LINE BUT A BRILLIANT PUN

”But I am the Doctor!”
“No, Doctor, I am the Doctor.”
“You may be a Doctor, but I am the Doctor. The definite article, you might say!”
--The Doctor and Harry Sullivan, ‘Robot’

Alright. So, at first glance, it seems that it’s just a very telling insight into the Doctor’s character—especially important as this is Tom Baker’s first episode. He doesn’t listen to authority, he’s incredibly arrogant, and he’s ungodly cheerful.

But. But.

‘The definite article, you might say.’

What’s a definite article? An article is a grammatical term for a word that, when used, indicates the type of reference made to a noun: A banana, or an orchestra.

A definite article refers to a specific noun. It’s not a banana, it’s the banana; it’s not an orchestra; it’s the orchestra.

He’s not a Doctor, he’s the Doctor.

How the fuck did I miss this; I’ve been quoting this for two and a half years.

Date: 2011-08-30 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tolone.livejournal.com
Got this on the first read :smug:

Linguistics!

Date: 2011-08-30 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missmorrichan.livejournal.com
Maybe you weren't aware of the definition of "definitive article" at the time? Things that should be obvious fly over my head sometimes, too!

On the subject of Doctor Who, what are some of your favourite serials involving good ol' Four? I ask because Netflix Canada, despite generally being terrible, does have a selection of old episodes available. I've seen a couple, but any recs in particular?

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