Didn’t Five or Seven end the curse that stopped Time Lords being able to reproduce sexually in one of the novels?
Yeah that would be Lungbarrow. (Seven at the end of his life.)
But just because they can, doesn’t mean they do. Their traditions are deeply ingrained, and there are buttloads of reasons why looms are a much more efficient, practical, resource-saving, customisable, safe way of reproducing. (I mean, I would be ALL OVER looms, seeing as I think I might like to be a parent but I absolutely don’t want to have sex or be pregnant.)
Suddenly choosing natural reproduction just does not at all go over with what we know of the time lords for me, particularly from the EU.
I’m not actually sure if Gallifreyans who’ve been naturally conceived can regenerate? Since that was down to Rassilon’s meddling, and I believe is built in with the looms. But don’t quote me on that.
wow this is fucking historic as fuck i can’t believe im seeing this
Would you like to read a book in which this happens?
It’s one of my all-time favorite books. It’s called Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. He describes it as an “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable.”
It is written in the form of letters between the citizens of the fictional island of Nollop, an independent nation off the coast of South Carolina and home of Nevin Nollop, who invented the phrase “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” That phrase is written in tiles over a statue of Nollop in their town square, and when one night a storm causes one of the tiles to fall, the council decides that it’s a sign from Nollop that they are no longer allowed to use that letter, in speech or writing, on pain of progressive punishments including public beating and up to banishment.
Then another tile falls. Then another.
The citizens, who are all very attached to their words and writing, mount a campaign to come up with a phrase that uses all 26 letters but is shorter than Nollop’s, thus proving that he was not divine and negating all the edicts.
Because the novel is told in the form of letters the citizens write, and this is the genius part…the author must also stop using the letters as they fall. So the book gradually stops using letters until at one point I think they’re down to just five.
The resolution literally made me get up and dance around the room.
It’s clever, creative, and a not-really-veiled-at-all parable about monotheistic oligarchy. It’s not a long book, you can read it in an afternoon.
GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
WOW I want to read that book
Very rarely is there a book that I must read at any cost
This is now one of them
I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK THE OTHER DAY AND COULDN’T REMEMBER FOR THE LIFE OF ME WHAT IT WAS CALLED
THANK YOU TUMBLR USER MADLORI
The woman with starlight in her soul
That explains it