The time-travelling do-gooder known as the Doctor has revealed a simple mistake in his regular stationery order has led to him being temporarily grounded.
His machine, The Tardis, cannot move from its current location on Cardiff's Roahl Dahl Plas until his local Rymans receives a delivery of typewriter ribbons.
"It's all rather embarrassing really" the stranded unqualified medic told reporters. "I thought I ordered the correct inked ribbon for the Olympic typewriter that powers the destination module, but I accidentally transposed the part numbers and ended up with 24 gross of spacebars. And until I can get a fresh supply of ribbons I'm stuck here."
The Doctor's companion, Amy Pond, confirmed the story and said things have been getting a little fraught in the time machine.
"It's all very well for the Doctor to keep saying sorry for his mistake, but the simple truth is that I have to eat and the only way I can do that is to resume my previous career as a kissogram girl. And while business is good, the travelling to Hereford on a regular basis is severely denting my bank account."
A spopkesman for Rymans said that they are trying to do everything in their power to get the ribbons, but because the model is obsolete and parts hard to come by, it will be at least a series before the Tardis can leave Earth.