The man leans over his pad. He makes scribbling motions with his pen above the first blank line. He looks up at the Doctor, who is sat on the other side of the desk, smiling guilelessly.
“Name,” says the man.
“Signifier,” responds the Doctor immediately.
The man looks up, puzzled.
“What?” he asks.
“Determiner,” says the Doctor.
The man hesitates. He narrows his eyes in a way that entirely fails to make him look shrewd.
“Look…” he begins.
“Learn,” interrupts the Doctor.
The man hesitates again.
“What are you doing?” he asks, quickly so as not to give the Doctor a chance to jump in.
“What do you mean?” enquires the Doctor, innocently.
“Why are you answering me with gibberish?”
The Doctor looks crestfallen.
“Oh,” he says, “sorry… I thought you wanted to play Word Association. I didn’t realise you were asking me questions.”