Oh my God. I finally understand why Circular Gallifreyan looks the way it does
They’re time lords. They are literally writing with time.
MAYBE THEIR NAMES ARE THEIR OWN LIFES, THEIR TIMELINES, AND THIS IS WHY THE DOCTOR’S NAME IS SO DANGEROUS
That would explain why the Doctor’s Time Lord essence was contained in a fob watch in the episodes with the Family & the scarecrows.