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Petition | International Astronomical Union : Rename Newly Discovered Planet "HD 106906 B" to Gallifrey

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Please rename the newly discovered planet "HD 106906 b" to Gallifrey! In honour of Doctor Who and its 50 years! Doctor Who is legendary, award winning, record breaking, and global and this planet deserves something special and supernatural as its name

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Krish Away (43)
Monday December 9, 2013, 11:06 pm

Doctor Who, the legendary British science-fiction television series, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 23rd, 2013.

The titular character of the show, the Doctor, is a Time Lord, an alien species indigenous to the planet of Gallifrey. Since the series' reboot in 2005, it was believed Gallifrey had been destroyed in the Time War, but it was recently revealed in the worldwide simulcast celebrating the 50th anniversary of the show that Gallifrey falls no more, instead having been frozen in a pocket universe by each of the Doctor's incarnations.

The sudden discovery of this "impossible planet," currently dubbed HD 106906 b -- which shares some attributes with the planet of Gallifrey, being both larger than Earth and smoldering orange, and the extraordinary circumstances under which it was discovered -- so soon after the simulcast is a remarkable coincidence, and has already been brought to the attention of Whovians, or fans of the show.

The series has had an effect on so many people that a project to put a TARDIS satellite into orbit on Kickstarter has already been completely funded.

Fifty years is a remarkable feat in any case, and naming an actual planet after one so vital to the series would honor it for generations to come.

Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 1:16 am
Signature 79244 and noted

Animae C (515)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 2:14 am
with 79,845 supporters
20,155 NEEDED

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 5:59 am
Noted and signed. TY Krish

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:39 am
Signed with over 85,000 sigs so far. Thx Krish

Vinnie m (334)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 10:57 pm
with 106,710 supporters
43,290 NEEDED

Darn it !! I just lost a whole comment. I hope this goes through. I'm a Whovian and I agree this Show deserves a Planet of it's own, even if just to Honar such a long-lived series with many Accolades. Since Doctor Who is a Time Lord maybe it will go another fifty years. Woo-hoo !!

Emma S (239)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 11:23 pm
Oh, why not? It's certainly more memorable. (Although I still think they need to look at casting. Dr Who seems to be like the Pope - you never see a female or black one.)

Done! Thanks, Krish.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:32 am
Well, slightly ludicrous perhaps but anything that gets people into Astronomy is a good thing. And Dr Who has inspired many hundreds if not thousands of children who went on to become scientists of one sort or another.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:24 pm
signed, twitted and noted, thanks

Debra G (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:59 pm
My pleasure to do so.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:25 pm

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:38 pm all do know that the naming is not opfficial?? Named a star for granddaughter years ago and was told the name was honorary, that the names aren't official. Make sure you go to reputable place though.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:09 pm
Noted, thanks.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:32 pm
Oh yeah!! Very gladly signed & noted. Many thanks for posting, Krish!
I only "discovered" the newest incarnation of Doctor Who about a yr. and a half ago, and was immediately hooked. Have now watched all new 21st century episodes.....and really looking forward to the Xmas Special and new season. This has given me an ear-to-ear smile---much appreciated after so much to frown about.

norma laborie (33)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:39 pm

Apolonia Pl (393)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:45 pm
Signed with 116,488 supporters, 33,512 NEEDED

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:58 pm
noted, signed

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:33 am
Noted, thanks.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:56 am
Oh dear

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 7:06 pm

Ondine J (134)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 3:33 am
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