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"Amazing," sighed Evelyn. "It's everything I imagined it would be."

The Doctor smiled. "Not disappointed, then?"

"Certainly not. Why would I be?"

"Well, you have to admit, it has been rather overdone by your movies and television."

"The world according to Cecil B. DeMille?" Evelyn chuckled. "I'm a scholar, Doctor. I know the difference between fact and fantasy. And this!" She waved a hand to encompass the whole of the Roman forum. "This is most definitely not fiction! Who knew there would be so many colors and textures on the buildings? And who could imagine all of the sights and smells and sounds!" She sighed. "What a shame I can't show this to my students. Or to my colleagues, for that matter. Living history!"

"It isn't history to the Romans," said the Doctor, absently selecting a fig from a merchant's cart and examining it.

"I suppose not," agreed Evelyn, her expression thoughtful. "But sometimes I can't help wondering . . .how do you keep track of it all?"

"What, Rome?"

"No, no! Time and space, past, present, future. You've seen so much; been to so many places. Do you think of this as your history or your present?"

"It simply is," replied the Doctor. "It's who I am." He shrugged. "It's what I am."
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