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Offline grdellTopic starter

A question for our E members who are from the U.K.
« on: March 27, 2011, 12:14:12 PM »
Yes, I am an American. Please don't hold it against me!  ;D

I've been a Doctor Who fan for over 25 years - long before it was "popular" to be a Doctor Who fan (at least here in the U.S.), and love that it's back and better than ever. I'm currently re-watching it and ran into one of those little things that does sometimes happen not being British (although I am an Anglophile) - I speak of course of cultural references specific to England. Or at least, references that make little to no sense to us self-centered Americans.  ;)

In the episode The Shakespeare Code, when the Doctor tells Martha that she can tell everyone that she's seen Shakespeare, she replies with "Then I can get sectioned." What does that mean?

Please help an ignorant American...

Offline Lilias

Re: A question for our E members who are from the U.K.
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 12:20:46 PM »
Committed to a mental facility. The connotation is not as serious as 'certifiable', since sectioning can be very temporary, but it does indicate the need to become a psychiatric inpatient.

Offline grdellTopic starter

Re: A question for our E members who are from the U.K.
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011, 12:34:12 PM »
Not that I doubt you, but she says the line with a noticeable optimism. I had assumed it meant something good... I guess she was just being sarcastic.

Thank you, though. In context, it does make sense. If the Doctor had meant that she could tell everyone that she had seen a production of a Shakespeare play, but she misinterpreted it and understood him to mean that she could tell people that she had actually met the real Shakespeare, then yes, I suppose that would lead to some time in a psychiatric ward.

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Re: A question for our E members who are from the U.K.
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 06:45:49 PM »
Not that I doubt you, but she says the line with a noticeable optimism. I had assumed it meant something good...

'And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats...'  ;)