I was talking with my mum this morning about the fanfiction. I was telling her about Alister's trip to Genoa and his dissertation. She was very interested in that, "Ooh! Like me, then!" she said. She explained that the dissertation is like what she's doing for her PHD (she's a PHD student) and came to the conclusion that Alister MUST be a PHD student. I was slightly gobsmacked. All I could say was, "You know what? That never occurred to me before."
Did anyone else come to this conclusion or am I just stupid?