Three Scarfwearers” (for anyone out there who feels like a concussed
bee). I've referred to Scarfwearer as he travels in time, by re-labelling
him whenever the TARDIS materializes.
As we begin
Scarfwearer is looking for his cup. He spots his cup on the chair and sits
The gate slams, so
he goes to see if there’s someone there.
His scarf pulls the
cup off the chair and it smashes.
He goes back to sit
down, picks up the pieces and realizes that he could go back in time in
the TARDIS to get the cup.
He gets up again,
leaves through the side gate and enters the TARDIS.
(as Scarfwearer2) in the past but in the same location, leaving his hat
behind in TARDIS.
He returns to the
gate, and discovers that Scarfwearer1 is already there. He didn’t go
back far enough.
He slams the gate,
hears the cup break and hides at the side.
through the door, but doesn’t see Scarfwearer2.
At this point, we
already have the classic temporal paradox going on here – the original
gate slam that led to the cup being broken was Scarfwearer2 arriving. If
the cup hadn’t broken Scarfwearer1 wouldn’t have gone back in time as
Scarfwearer2 to retrieve it.
to the TARDIS for another attempt.
rematerializes further in the past, and hitches up his scarf, to be less
conspicuous and avoid accidents.
This also helps us
distinguish him from Scarfwearer2…
He comes through the
gate and finds the chair empty. He takes the cup from it and leaves with
At this point, history
and the order of events has been changed, and we need a new diagram.
Scarfwearer2 has arrived and left, as described later.
appears, looks puzzled and starts searching for his cup.
On his way back to
the TARDIS Scarfwearer3 sees Scarfwearer2 enter the TARDIS and take off in
it. He doesn’t manage to get in before it leaves, and finds that his
TARDIS interior is now in the original reality (original diagram).
There’s a certain
amount of dramatic licence here, but I think it’s consistent with
Father’s Day. Sort of.
He’s now stuck
with a police box with an empty interior, while Scarfwearer1 searches for
his cup. Eventually he realizes that if he can get Scarfwearer1 into the
TARDIS he can hitch a ride.
up the cup and creeps back to Scarfwearer1 (who’s dozing in the chair at
He puts the cup
where it’s sure to get broken and creeps round to the gate.
He slams the gate.
Scarfwearer1 gets up
to investigate, breaks the cup and then decides to go back in time.
the TARDIS, closely followed by Scarfwearer3 and travels back in time.
There’s a certain
amount of dramatic licence here, but the idea is that breaking the cup
restores the time-stream enough that the TARDIS interior reconnects with
the time stream that Scarfwearer3 is in.
the TARDIS, wearing his hat (which is a continuity error) and moves the
ladder (which is an in-joke)..
his head out
Scarfwearer2 encounters Scarfwearer4 (yes there are actually four!), as
we’ll see later.
and takes the TARDIS further back in time in order to retrieve the cup
his head out for the first time
leaves the TARDIS, with his hat.
He returns to his
chair after Scarfwearer3 has taken the cup and dozes off.
The Gate slams…
So when the gate slams
at the end, Scarfwearer4 is about to get a visit from Scarwearer2, who’s
just arriving to look for his cup, only this time there’s no cup to
But the story doesn’t
really end there:
Scarfwearer4 needs to
pretend to be Scarfwearer1 at this point in order to persuade Scarfwearer2
to return earlier as Scarfwearer3. He also needs to stay out of the way
while Scarfwearer1 encounters Scarfwearer3. When they all leave he can
settle down again to sleep.