This project was definitely a challenge for me. Circular Gallifreyan isn't an easy way to write, and large pieces such as this take ridiculous amounts of planning. Admittedly, I got a bit sick of working on this towards the end, and the colouring isn't great. Then again, I'm no master with pencil crayons as it is.

Circular Gallifreyan is, as described on the television show Doctor Who, the language of the Timelords. In the show, there are multiple places where the language can be seen, most often on the TARDIS's display monitor, and most famously in the complex design found on the Doctor's pocket-watch. However, the symbols used in the show are complex, and don't translate well. It appears to be that there is a different symbol for each word. While this would make sense for Timelords, who live far longer than humans and therefore have much more time to learn the language, it doesn't work as well for the average human. Thankfully, some awesome fan by the name of Loren Sherman, who I believe is only slightly older than myself, created a much easier language that looks remarkably similar to BBC's Circular Gallifreyan. He's also created a very thorough PDF instructable, available here:

For my project, I also took inspiration from a drawing Loren Sherman created in photoshop, featuring a poem from the Doctor Who series. His creation, viewable here:, is much more impressive than my final piece, and the layout was less traditional. My Gallifreyan artwork features a lengthy, but very famous, line from Doctor Who. “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect – but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective, viewpoint, it's actually more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey...stuff.”

To create this project, I first had to write out every word onto a separate circle of paper. When writing Gallifreyan, each word consists of a circle. The circle will have more circles, domes, lines, and dots, each specifying different characters. Each word-circle is arranged into a much larger circle to create a sentence. When a sentence is long, as mine is, words are read counterclockwise, from the bottom of the outward-most circle, proceeding inward in consecutive circles as you go around. It's a very unique form of writing. To make sure all my words would fit, I had to cut each one out separately, arrange them on a paper, and then trace the final arrangement onto a much larger piece of paper.

After my design was traced, I 'spellchecked' it, making sure that no overlapping lines didn't change the meaning of my work. I then traced it with a sharpie marker. After that, I coloured it with a variety of shades of blue. Blue was chosen because, well, it's Gallifreyan, and the TARDIS is blue.

Colouring this design was possibly the most annoying and frustrating part, and I admittedly slacked off a bit. The end result isn't near as neat as I would have liked it to be. Overall, I feel that while I did put a lot of time and effort into this work, I got tired with it after a while, and as a result, the artistic ability is no longer quite there.

3/21/2013 14:43:33

This is really a new info for me. I think you have done this work pretty well. I liked the color combination; it gives the work some extra ordinary look. I am sure it would be a tough work which needs total attention.

9/6/2013 06:59:10

I thoroughly enjoyed this blog and created a Weebly account too.

Ciaran Little
10/19/2015 10:34:33

What does it say in Gallifreyan? Could you please translate it into English?


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