This is a post in the Tor.com Twelve Doctors of Christmas series. Click the link to peruse the entire series.
“Because I’m clever.”
It was the answer—should have been the answer, should have been accepted without question every time—or at least once, just once—to “How do you know?” “Oh yeah? What makes you so sure?” “Why should we listen to you?”
Because I’m clever!
It could be the cry of a superhero—one created, admittedly, for the children of PBS re-broadcasts and rampant anglophilia rather than, say, wartime patriotism or atomic-age fears.
Because I’m clever.