Cat On The Wall is celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who! We’ve asked fans of the series to contribute articles and stories about the extraordinary television show that has captivated audiences for generations. We’ll be posting these fan contributions regularly until the 50th Anniversary TV special in November. If you have an idea for an article or story you’d like to submit about Doctor Who please do get in touch.
What Can We Learn From Doctor Who? – Article By Dia Sparrow
For the past fifty years, Doctor Who has been brightening the screens of our tellies, and the corners and shadows in our hearts. Aside from being a phenomenal science fiction programme, Doctor Who also serves as a wonderful reminder as to why this world and our lives are beautiful. While most programmes of the Sci-FI variety are usually geared toward men, Doctor Who is truly for everyone, yes, even women.
Doctor Who takes these incredibly talented, smart, AND gorgeous women and lets us, the viewers know that just because you’re a woman, doesn’t mean that you can’t stand up for yourself. It doesn’t mean that you can’t be both brilliant and beautiful. It means that you can be strong and intelligent with a hint of sexy and sassy thrown into the mixture, and that’s definitely something to carry over into everyday life.
The Time Lord and his companions bring all kinds of lessons to us each week, lessons that we should all learn and use, because you never know when they might come in handy.
Clara Oswald has taught us that sometimes you’re destined for something bigger than what even you imagined, so embrace it and stay positive because just about anything is possible, as long as you put your whole heart and soul into it. Having a good metaphor about a Souffle is always good to have too.
Amy Pond’s taught us that if you love someone enough you’ll do anything for them, and become nearly invincible. She’s taught us that as long as you have the strength to let go of the past, while still holding a glimmer of remembrance, anything is possible, and no one or nothing is truly gone forever. Even when your fiancé ends up as a plastic Roman. At least he’s still there, right?
Rory Williams taught us that patience is a beautiful thing to have. He waited 2000 years, guarding a box that contained his wife. Need I say more?
River Song’s taught us that even if something is almost impossible, it’s still worth a shot (pun intended) and maybe, just maybe, that ‘almost’ is what makes the task at hand possible. No matter what you’re doing, be creative and give it your all, because even though it seems impossible, it very well may be do-able. The Doctor being your husband is a good asset to have as well.
Rose Tyler taught us to fight for what you love with every ounce of your soul, even if it means losing that thing. Rose has shown that it’s totally fine to show emotion and be a bad arse at the same time. Everyone has a touch of Bad Wolf in them, you just gotta find the person or thing that releases it.
Donna Noble taught us that at any given moment, you might just be the most important person in the whole universe, so don’t ever for a second doubt yourself, because you are important, regardless of what people may say. Sass can always be a bit of good as well, in most situations.
Martha Jones has taught us to stand up for yourself and for what you believe in. She’s taught us to walk away if you’re under appreciated, and don’t let anyone, ANYONE hold you back from your full potential. She’s also taught us that once you walk away, you might just find where you’re supposed to be. Maybe that place just might be at Torchwood with Captain Jack and your future husband, Mickey. Who knows?
Mickey Smith has taught us not to be stepped on by anyone. He went from “Oh my god… I’m the Tin Dog…” to joining the Torchwood Unit and marrying Martha Jones. He knew that they didn’t see what he was fully capable of, and honestly, I don’t think he saw what he was capable of until the Doctor degraded him and stepped all over him. Again proving, that no matter what, you’re important. But for the record, K-9 is very useful and adorable, so I don’t see why he’s been degraded either, but I digress.
Captain Jack has taught us that it doesn’t matter what you look like, who you are, what colour your skin is, what race or species you are, you’re still beautiful and attractive in your own unique way.
And the Doctor himself has taught us that sometimes it’s nice to win, but other times, winning is no fun at all. He’s shown us that sure, it’s nice to be alone, but traveling through life is much better when you’ve got a friend or three to enjoy it with. He’s taught us to be kind and helpful to everyone, even when they don’t necessarily deserve it. He’s taught us that life is beautiful, and that unless you’re a Time Lord, it’s very short, so don’t waste it. Be extraordinary.
Shows like Doctor Who don’t come around often, but when they do, they last 50+ years because they become loved by people around the world. They bring us together and cause us to create ever lasting friendships with people we wouldn’t normally take the time to get to know. If Doctor Who has taught me anything, it’s that you never know what the world could hold, so don’t hold back. Let your inner Bad Wolf out, and explore. You could be surprised at the people or things you’ll find.
Thank you, Doctor Who.
It’s been a beautiful 50 years, I hope the next 50 are just as magical.