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Fukui San
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Do the weird line breaks have anything to do with it? It seems weird that sometimes a line is two short word and other times it's an entire sentence.

It's got to, right? 


In the spirit of Lisin and her lovely love of order, a chart:


Historical Person                  Historical Period          Doctor                    Companion            Episode

Lucius Caecilius                   79 AD                          10th (Tennant)       Donna Noble                 190: The Fires of Pompeii

Nero                                     64 AD                          1st (Hartnell)          Susan Foreman            12: The Romans

                                                                                                                       Ian Chesterton

                                                                                                                       Barbara Wright  

Marco Polo                          1289                            1st (Hartnell)            Susan Foreman            4: Marco Polo

                                                                                                                       Ian Chesterton

                                                                                                                       Barbara Wright  

William Shakespeare          1599                             10th (Tennant)         Martha Jones               180: The Shakespeare Code

Cyrano de Bergerac            [1655]                           2nd (Troughton)      Jaime McCrimmon       45: The Mind Robber

                                                                                                                          Zoe Heriot 

Charles II                            [1660]                           11th (Smith)             Amy Pond                     214: The Impossible Astronaut

                                                                                                                          Rory Williams

                                                                                                                          River Song 

Henry Avery                        1699                             11th (Smith)             Amy Pond                   215: The Curse of the Black Spot

                                                                                                                          Rory Williams 

Madame de Pompadour     1753-1794                    10th (Tennant)        Rose Tyler                    171: The Girl in the Fireplace

                                                                                                                           Mickey Smith 

Napoleon Bonaparte           1794                              1st (Hartnell)           Susan Foreman           8: The Reign of Terror

                                                                                                                           Ian Chesterton

                                                                                                                           Barbara Wright  

George Stephenson            1822                              6th (Baker)             Peri Brown                    139: The Mark of the Rani

Charles Dickens                   1869                            9th (Eccelston)        Rose Tyler                    159: The Unquiet Dead

Queen Victoria                     1879                            10th (Tennant)        Rose Tyler                    169: Tooth and Claw

Louis Pasteur                       [1850?]                        7th (McCoy)            Melanie Bush                144: Time and the Rani

Wyatt Earp                           1881                            1st (Hartnell)           Steven Taylor                 25: The Gunfighters

                                                                                                                             Dodo Chaplet 

Vincent Van Gogh                1890                            11th (Smith)            Amy Pond                       210: Vincent and the Doctor

HG Wells                              1885                            6th (Baker)              Peri Brown                      141: Timelash

Agatha Christie                    1926                            10th (Tennant)         Donna Noble                  407: The Unicorn and the Wasp

Richard Nixon                      1969                            11th (Smith)            River Song                       214: Day of the Moon

Barack Obama                     2009                            10th (Tennant)        Wifred Mott                      202: The End of Time

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If those are accurate, then the line spacing is just the lengths of the words in the title - a single eight-word line for Timelash, 3/7/3/3/4 for The Unicorn and the Wasp, and so on.


I've fixed Nixon to fit the pattern.  (He was in a two parter.)


Maybe you need to do something with the relevant Doctor's number?


If you pair the relevant doctor's number with the words in the description you get:

Living, The, People, With, Me, When, Had, Mechanic, Two, Almost, Her, On, When, That, Ridiculous, American, Knew, A, Who

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I had the thought we needed to do something quite un-Doctor-y; go in actual chronological order.  Doing that changes the word list to:




Starts off promising, but fails quickly.

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Hi all.  If any puzzle geeks want to sign up for a casual MIT Mystery Hunt team, send me a PM and I'll forward you contact information.  It's on the weekend of January 13-15 this year.  You can solve remotely if you're not in the Boston area.

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Given the title, I think we need to go by character, then show, then network

Based on a quick once-over, there's regions of stars from shows on the same network: Fox near the upper left corner; BBC along the right edge near the bottom, etc.

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I've already added a little more.

The hard part is going to be identifying most, if not all, of these stars.  The tedious part is going to be transforming the columns back into grids.

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