If you are just starting out, here are some very useful things to get you going:

FIRST:  Take a look at what IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) is and save or print out the guide to have with you.
SECOND:  Take a walk-through of the system and learn how it works and how to start using it.
FINALLY:  Take a look at the different IPA symbols and get familiar with their sounds.

Originally coming across Sherman’s Gallifreyan and being inspired by a completely fan-made system, I set out to make my own original phonetic system based off of the imagery on the Doctor’s cot in 6.7 A Good Man Goes To War. Doctor’s Cot Gallifreyan is based off of Hebrew, in that there are no vowel characters, only consonants which the vowels can attach to. This expanded version of the system includes all the consonants and vowels of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) so that it can be used by people of all languages, not just English. The goal is to allow speakers of all languages and dialects, to write and share in a common visual language, keeping their original pronunciation intact.

The Design


Each circle is usually a consonant/vowel pair or sometimes just a consonant. It is divided into three parts: the Outer Circle, the Inner Circle, and the Open Space. The Outer and Inner circles indicate the consonant, the vowel is placed in reference to the Inner Circle, and all decorations are placed in the Open Space.

The Rules

  1. If you are using just a consonant (C), both the Outer and Inner Circles will have the same line weight.
  2. If you are using two consonants (C-C), the first consonant is the Outer Circle and the second consonant is the Inner Circle. 
  3. The א (aleph) is a silent consonant. It has no sound. You use this to begin words that start with a vowel. 
  4. Placement of the decorations does not matter as long as all can be seen clearly.
  5. You are encouraged to use C-C as often as possible, but it is not mandatory.
  6. If you are using C-C, you may change the line weight of the decoration to match the main circle to help tell them apart, if that doesn’t work, use two separate circles.
  7. Size and arrangement of the final circles does not matter. That’s up to you!
  8. C-V-C is not allowed. Only V, C, C-V, C-C, or C-C-V.