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Hi everyone, just a quick theory here today.
Naturally, being the post-grad student of Ancient History I am, I took particular amusement in the ship featured in Into The Dalek, being named after Aristotle.
Why? Because Aristotle believed a fifth element, in addition to the four proposed earlier by Empedocles, (fire, earth, air, water) and this element he regarded as aether.
In Plato’s Timaeus (55d) speaking about air, Plato mentions that “there is the most translucent kind which is called by the name of aether (αίθηρ)”. Aristotle, who had been Plato’s student at the Akademia, disagreed with his former mentor and added aether to the system of the classical elements of Ionian philosophy as the “fifth element”, He noted that the four terrestrial classical elements were subject to change and naturally moved linearly. Aether however, located in the celestial regions and heavenly bodies, moved circularly.
In Aristotle’s system of classical elements, aether had none of the qualities the terrestrial classical elements had. Aether was neither hot nor cold, neither wet nor dry. Aether did not follow Aristotelian physics either. Aether was also incapable of motion of quality or motion of quantity. Aether was only capable of local motion. Aether naturally moved in circles, and had no contrary, or unnatural, motion.
Aristotle also noted that crystalline spheres made of aether held the celestial bodies. The idea of crystalline spheres and natural circular motion of aether led to Aristotle’s explanation of the observed orbits of stars and planets in perfectly circular motion in crystalline aether.
The word αἰθήρ (aithēr) in Homeric Greek means “pure, fresh air” or “clear sky.” In Greek mythology, it was thought to be the pure essence that the gods breathed, filling the space where they lived, analogous to the air breathed by mortals. It is also personified as a deity, Aether, the son of Erebus and Nyx in traditional Greek mythology. Aether is related to αἴθω “to incinerate”, and intransitive “to burn, to shine”
Outside all the other spheres, the heavenly, fifth element of Aether, manifested in the stars and planets, moves in the perfection of circles, and how is the modern Time Lord language written?
And it probably helps that Old High Gallifreyan looks suspiciously like Ancient Greek.
So æther is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. Recently we’ve been introduced to Missy:
whom is also known as The Gatekeeper Of The Nethersphere, the definition of Nethersphere?:
1) All dimensions beyond our usual experience, to include the far reaches of outer space and inner spiritual dimensions; “the great beyond”; 2) everywhere other than here.
In American the meaning of the name Rupert is: Bright fame. German Meaning: The name Rupert is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Rupert is: Famed; bright; shining
Aristotle is also most famous for being the favoured teacher of Alexander The Great, until he fell out of the famed, conquering warrior Emperor’s favour.
Legend has it that it was rumored afterwards that Aristotle was responsible for Alexander’s death, but there was little evidence to support this rumor.
A teacher falling out of favour, and then rumoured to have a hand in the demise of his famed student and former friend.
Just a little anecdote.
(I won’t even start on the Time Lord in the future who’s simply called The Emperor.)