Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Lineup of Series 11 directors revealed

With the countdown to the long awaited Series 11 now down to its final 5 months, information regarding the new series is starting to surface.

The next major milestone in the build-up to Series 11 has now been reached with the official confirmation of who will be behind the camera for each episode of Jodie Whittaker's debut series.

The major talking point of the lineup is that all 4 directors are new to the show. Bookending Series 11 will be Jamie Childs, who previously worked with Whittaker on her debut reveal trailer back in 2017.

The 3 other directors include Mark Tonderai (Luicifer; House at the End of the Street), Sallic Aprahamian (The Dumping Ground; Wolfblood) and Jennifer Perrott (Doctors; Home and Away; The Raven).

This fresh lineup of directors continues the trend of a complete overhaul of Doctor Who's production, with Chris Chibnall as the new showrunner, alongside an entirely new executive production team in Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle.

Source : The Doctor Who Companion
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Doctor Who Infinity: The Orphans of the Polyoptra trailer

Tiny Rebel Games have released the trailer and synopsis for the second story in the Doctor Who Infinity game.

The story is written by Gary Russell and is rather a special story as he has said it is his last time writing for Doctor Who in any form. The art is drawn by David Roach and colored by Dylan Teague. The voice over was recorded with Katy Manning and directed by Gary Russell.
The story, as told in flashback by Jo Jones to her nephew in the style of a classic Doctor Who 4-part story arc, begins at the height of World War 2 as the Third Doctor and Jo Grant find themselves trapped in what appears to be a German bombing in a small mining town.

Here they meet a young orphan girl and her strange companion, who are not at all what they appear to be, and who desperately need their help to travel back to 1842, to a time when the local children still faced the treacherous danger of daily work in the mines.
Check out the trailer below:

You can also check out our preview of the first two stories here and our interview with Tiny Rebel Games here.

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Russell T Davies & William Russell finally meet

This former Doctor Who show runner and former Doctor Who classic companion actor no longer have access to the TARDIS but they can still travel via train! It just goes to show what a small world it really is when Russell T Davies, the former writer and show runner of the reboot, happened to be riding the same train at the same time as the actor who played Doctor Who's first ever companion from the classic series.

Russell T Davies is best known by Whovians as the man who brought Doctor Who back to our television screens with the series reboot that premiered in the early noughties. The 55 year old Welsh screenwriter and television producer was over the moon earlier this week when he happened upon another Doctor Who legend purely by chance while riding the train.

Davies was honoured to meet 93 year old English actor William Russell who played the first Doctor's companion, Ian Chesterton in the classic Doctor Who series in the 1960s. The two had never met previously.

Davies took several selfies with the actor to upload to his Instagram. The first few appear to be taken while the actor was unaware. However, the third selfie shows the two happily smiling for the camera.

One has to wonder if they talked about Doctor Who and what stories the two may have shared. It is a shame that we may never know. However, it is great to see that even people who have been deeply involved in the series can still be star struck when they meet the classic cast and crew.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

B&M announce new Doctor Who 5" figure sets

For fans of Character Options' range of Doctor Who figures, B&M has recently become the go to place, with reasonably priced sets of figures from both eras of the show. And now we have some more to look forward to soon.

The next wave of 5" figures have been announced, including the Fourth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors in new attire, some alternate versions of previous companions and the much anticipated, brand new Bill Potts figure.

Here is the full line up:

12th Doctor Set

  • Missy as seen in the Series 10 Episode Extremis
  • The 12th Doctor as seen in the Series 9 Episode Face the Raven
  • Bill as seen in the Series 10 Episode The Pilot

11th Doctor Set

  • Clara as Oswald Oswin from Asylum of the Daleks 
  • The 11th Doctor as seen in The Snowman 
  • Amelia Pond as seen in Lets kill Hitler 

1970’s Doctor Set

  • The Brigadier as seen in the 3rd Doctors 1st Season
  • The 4th Doctor as seen in Talons of Weng Chiang
  • Auton Mark II as seen in The Terror of the Autons

Third Doctor & Tardis Set

  • Third Doctor as seen in The Time Monster
  • Tardis (Non Electronic) with black base

Eagle eyed collectors may notice that some of these are repaints or make use of old figures. For example, the Brigadier and Auton both make use of the Captain Jack body, but we're not complaining, they look great!

The figures will be available in July with an estimated price of £17 each.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who Series 11 'feels incredibly epic'

Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker has been talking about the upcoming eleventh series of Doctor Who, describing her experience on it as 'absolutely incredible'.

The Doctor Who star was speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba on the red carpet ahead of last night's BAFTA Television Awards, where she enthused about her time filming on the show so far:
"It's like nothing I've ever done before, it's absolutely incredible... I must smile every single morning knowing I'm going to work to do it. I'm very lucky, it's brilliant."
Questioned on the show's new cinematic feel, she said:
"It feels incredibly epic, and the ambition is wonderful and something that we're all fighting every day to have the energy to back it up with."
In a separate interview with Capital FM's Roman Kemp, Whittaker discussed last year's reveal of her landmark casting as the show's first female Doctor, which was in the running for an award as one of Virgin TV's Must-See Moments of 2017:
"I think the magic of the Doctor Who series as a phenomenon is to keep their fans engaged and to keep everyone guessing what direction it's going to go in, and really trying to be secretive in the best way and that, as a reveal, was amazing 'cos no one had any idea."

Although the Thirteenth Doctor reveal ultimately lost out to David Attenborough's Blue Planet II, Whittaker still made it up onto the BAFTA stage alongside Doctor Who co-star Bradley Walsh to present the first award of the night for Best Drama Series (which went to Peaky Blinders).

Before taking to the stage Walsh posted a video on Instagram of himself and Whittaker waiting backstage, with the pair in high spirits even if they did disagree on how to pronounce 'BAFTA':

Whittaker and Walsh will be joined for the eleventh series of Doctor Who by fellow newcomers Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, with the show set to return with ten new episodes this autumn.

[Source: BBC]

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

River Song faces four Masters in new Big Finish audio series

Having encountered several Doctors on both screen and audio, River Song is now meeting multiple incarnations of a different Time Lord... the Master!

The fifth series of The Diary of River Song audio dramas by Big Finish will see Alex Kingston's River Song face four versions of the Master in a new series of adventures.

The titles of the four stories have been released by Big Finish:
  • The Bekdel Test by Jonathan Morris
  • Animal Instinct by Roy Gill
  • The Lifeboat and the Deathboat by Eddie Robson
  • Concealed Weapon by Scott Handcock
Of course the most exciting part of this news is that Eric Roberts will be reprising his role as the Master for the first time in 22 years, having played the villain in the 1996 TV Movie. Michelle Gomez will return as Missy while Geoffrey Beevers and Derek Jacobi will play their incarnations.

Producer David Richardson is also clearly very excited:
It’s a medley of Masters! In previous box sets River has been travelling back through the Doctor’s incarnations. This time around she is meeting some of the Masters – and we have some amazing firsts in this box set! Yes, it’s the first time Eric Roberts has returned to the role since the TV movie in 1996, and the first appearance of Michelle Gomez as Missy in a Big Finish production. With Derek Jacobi as the War Master and Geoffrey Beevers as the decayed Master, it’s an unmissable line-up!
Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs added:
This is something we’ve been so incredibly excited about for so long. It’s been thrilling enough for us to work with Alex for all the River releases, but to put her against the Doctor’s former best friend turned archenemy is not a little mind-blowing. Fantastic that we’re getting an opportunity to work with Michelle again, after her first appearance (at Big Finish) with Sylvester McCoy back in 2007! But somehow strangely incredible that Eric Roberts is back from the 1996 TV movie. It’s frankly ‘clash of the icons’ in a really mind-blowing box set.
Fellow Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery also commented:
Working with Eric was a complete joy. Firstly, he is such a nice man and so easy to communicate with. Secondly, he likes to work and he likes to work fast. Scenes whizz by and we are all enjoying yourselves so much that you forget you are directing an Oscar nominee with over 450 movies under his belt (which should be intimidating – but isn’t). He’s very down to earth – no ego or vanity involved. I hope we work together again soon!

Having Michelle Gomez return to Big Finish is wonderful – a lovely lady, who was magnificent as Missy in the past couple of seasons of Doctor Who. I can’t wait for everyone to hear her and Alex Kingston together!
The Diary of River Song: Series 5 will be released in January 2019 and is available to pre-order now at £23 (CD) or £20 (download) from the Big Finish website here.

The Diary of River Song: Series 5 can also be purchased as a bundle with The Diary of River Song: Series 4, which will be released in August 2018, at the price of £45 on CD and £40 on download.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Doctor Who / Casualty crossover was originally planned for Series 10

Doctor Who has been no stranger to crossovers in the past. In-universe, The Doctor has crossed over between Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, yet, as reported by Doctor Who Magazine, one of British TV's most enduring shows was set to become canon in the Whoniverse, but was ultimately left on the cutting room floor.

The final part in the 'Monk' trilogy of episodes, The Lie of the Land, was reportedly set to contain a scene in which the world of Casualty makes reference to the Monk's invasion of Earth, thereby tying the two universes together. In the scene, actors Amanda Mealing and Tony Marshall, portraying their Casualty characters, praise the Monks for saving someone in an accident, stating "Praise be to the benevolence of the Monks". This all takes place in Casualty itself, cementing the show's broadcast as part of Doctor Who's world.

It is unknown why the cameo was ultimately cut; perhaps it took away from the intended tension of the episode or simply couldn't fit into the runtime, but whatever reason it may have been, it sees the BBC continuing to tie Doctor Who into greater parts of British culture, such as cameos by real-life presenters and personalities like Hue Edwards and Brian Cox in series past.

Source: Digital Spy

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Hugh Grant was almost cast as Doctor Who

Many fans have already seen Actor Hugh Grant give the Doctor Who universe a spin in the The Curse of Fatal Death, a 1999 Doctor Who Comic Relief Special done for Red Nose Day. However, what some fans may not be aware of is that actor Hugh Grant almost got to play the Doctor for real in the 2005 reboot.

The 57 year old actor best known for his roles in the romantic comedy genre would have made quite the interesting Doctor. At least that was what Russel T Davies thought when he was trying to come up with the ideal actor to portray the 9th incarnation of the beloved character in his reboot. Sometime before Christopher Eccleston was cast in the iconic role, Davies invited Grant to try giving the TARDIS a spin. The former Doctor Who show runner explained, “I have always wanted to work with Hugh Grant. Always”.

So why didn't we see Hugh Grant running around all of time and space with Billie Piper when Doctor Who blessed our screens once again in 2005? We may never know for sure. Grant has been recently quoted as saying he either forgot about it or never heard he got the offer to begin with. However, in an interview with Digital Spy back in 2007 the actor was quoted as saying the following:
“I was offered the role of the Doctor a few years back and was highly flattered. The danger with those things is that it’s only when you see it on screen that you think, ‘Damn, that was good, why did I say no?’ But then, knowing me, I’d probably make a mess of it." - Hugh Grant
Regardless, Grant went on to star in many other memorable films and television programs. In fact Davies and Grant have finally been able to collaborate on screen in the new upcoming mini series A Very English Scandal.

In a recent interview with BBC Davies had this to say:
“I literally offered him [Grant] Doctor Who in 2004. I told him that and he was like 'really?!' He knew nothing about that. I love him. I think he’s one of Britain’s finest actors. I am quite serious about that.” - Russel T Davies
Though he never did end up becoming the Doctor officially, fans can still watch Grant perform as the Doctor in the Comic Relief Special online.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A sneak preview of Doctor Who Infinity

Following the success of Doctor Who Legacy, Tiny Rebel Games are releasing a new game this spring: Doctor Who Infinity. We were recently invited to see the game in action and boy were we excited by what we saw.

The first thing you’ll notice about playing Doctor Who Infinity is that it is much more story driven. This is not a game you play casually now and then when your brain is half on auto-pilot. It’s not just a game; it’s an experience. Each story brings a brand new adventure for the Doctor and his companions, featuring both new aliens and some familiar faces. With beautiful artwork and voiceover storytelling, the result is a mix of Doctor Who Legacy, Doctor Who comics and Big Finish audios.
The gameplay is similar to Doctor Who Legacy – moving coloured gems around to create groups – but taken to the next level. Rather than just trying to build up points to defeat the enemy, each level presents new missions that require you to play slightly differently. Whether it’s trying to stop objects falling, summoning reinforcements or destroying the advancing enemies, you have to plan your moves strategically and then watch as the action unfolds on screen – like chess, but with more Daleks.

If this sounds too challenging, don’t panic. Tiny Rebel Games have learnt from their previous experience and made the game accessible to everyone. Since the game is more focussed on narrative, Tiny Rebel want people to be able to enjoy the story without being unable to finish it. It is still challenging, but not impossible.

The in-game screen makes full use of the space, showing a bigger, simplified grid, giving it a fresh, clean look. with the beautiful artwork integrated into it, reminding you that this is part of a story.
One thing that I was especially pleased about was the news that the dreaded time limits from Doctor Who Legacy are now replaced with move limits, making it fair for the less nimble players. There are tutorial levels for each new challenge in the game to make sure the player knows what they are doing and there are achievements to reward those who complete the levels in certain ways.

As someone who likes more strategic themed games, the format of Doctor Who Infinity really excites me. I was able to establish quite quickly how each level worked and became invested in the story, feeling like I was actually trying to complete a mission rather than just repeatedly matching up gems. I suspect the format of Doctor Who Infinity will keep players engaged and wanting to follow the story to its conclusion.

As I’ve said, the main focus of the game is the stories, so let’s take a look at the first two.

Set in Paris, France, the first story, The Dalek Invasion of Time, is a Twelfth Doctor story featuring Michelle Gomez as Missy, alongside Ingrid Oliver as Osgood and Bella Ramsey as a new villain, Freya. The story is written by George Mann, who has written several Doctor Who novels; drawn by Mike Collins, who has worked on Doctor Who comics; and coloured by Kris Carter, who has also worked on Doctor Who and Torchwood comics.

That’s an impressive set of talent, and while I’m not a big fan of Missy, I couldn’t help but enjoy her in this game. Her pantomime villain charm and manic sense of humour brings a great deal of fun to the game as she tries to help the Doctor in her own crazy way.

The game features a new race of aliens called the Tyrellians and even some newly designed Daleks. At one point in the game, you also play as the Daleks, which is a great twist, as you have to try and empathise with the enemy to complete their goals.

The second story, The Orphans of the Polyoptra, is a Third Doctor story narrated by Jo Grant herself, Katy Manning. It’s a perfect choice, as Manning’s familiar voice is so enticing and brings a great sense of nostalgia. The story is written by Gary Russell, who is a well known figure in the Whoniverse, having worked on the show itself, Big Finish audios, Doctor Who books and Doctor Who magazine. The art is by David Roach, inker of comic strips for DWM and coloured by Dylan Teague, artist and colourist for Doctor Who magazine.

The second story feels very much like a classic Who story, to the point where it’s even told in a four-part arc, referencing the format of the show during the Third Doctor’s era. As you can see from the cover, the Menoptera are back, which made me very excited. They are one of those aliens that looked ridiculous on television, but look stunning when drawn, so it’s nice to see them get another outing.

The real key to the both of these stories is that they are written, drawn and animated by people who love Doctor Who – and it shows. The style, the small details and the references all tie it into the show and make it feel that bit more exciting. For example, the second story features Jo Grant’s grandson, Santiago, who only appeared in one episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. It’s that kind of commitment to continuity that is really impressive.
We can expect the stories that follow to feature other Doctors and no doubt more classic aliens combined with new characters. This is really exciting considering the vast array of characters from the series available and the endless possibilities for stories. If the first two are anything to go by, I think we can look forward to some exciting adventures ahead.

Overall, the game is definitely a more mature follow up to Doctor Who Legacy. It’s darker, with a greater emphasis on story and drawing the player into the narrative. The artwork is stunning and the stories are so engaging – to the point where I was sad to leave the demo because I was desperate to know how the second story ended.

Tiny Rebel Games have produced something quite special with this game and I’m sure that many Whovians will have hours of fun playing it. You can learn more about the game, scheduled to launch in August, by accessing its page on the Steam website. There’s still several months until Series 11 and this game is the perfect way to get your Doctor Who fix.

[Source: Tiny Rebel Games ]
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Friday, 4 May 2018

TGT Podcast #10 - Thank you Doctor

As we hit our first milestone - 10 episodes! - we've decided to do something a bit special for this podcast. And it turned out to be a lot bigger than we expected.

In this week's podcast, we take a look at how the Doctor has helped people over the years, not just in the show, but also in real life. Andrew and I discuss Vincent and the Doctor and share our own stories about how Doctor Who has helped us cope with our health issues. And as usual, there's a song by Ben relating to the theme.

We also asked people on Whovians Amino how Doctor Who has helped them and we got an incredible response. Rather than read them all out on the podcast, we have included them all below and selected a few that really touched us to read out on the podcast.

So join us as we say thank you to the Doctor in our own special way:

Below are the comments we received on Whovians Amino:

Doctor who has helped me with confidence. It made me feel like opening out about it to other people and then, next thing I knew they were telling me how much they loved it. Three of my best friends are whovians and it makes me feel a lot better because I have people to talk about the show with.

Ase Abel
I began watching Doctor Who when I was about 5 with my dad (he was British, of course). The first episode I ever watched was “The Pandorica Opens”, a vivid memory. Ever since then, Matt Smith and Doctor Who made an imprint on me, making me love and watch it to this day. When I was about 7 or 8, my parents let me watch it on my own with my Kindle. When new episode come out, my dad and I lock ourselves in ourselves in the basement to watch them back-to-back, nonstop. I’m 11 today and it still holds first place in my favourite shows list. Love you, Doctor Who.

The Doctor has also really helped me through the hard times in my life, and I love him very much for that. It made me want to be myself and be unique.

Randall The Doctor
Doctor who helped me with confidence, now I can act like the Doctor and put a smile on people's faces. Doctor who has also lead me to my FiancΓ©e. So I think you Doctor Who for making my life better.

It cheers me up when I’m going through the toughest times.

Sami de Maeyer
The thing I've learnt is to never be cowardly. never be cruel and love is always wise, hate is foolish.

Doctor Who has helped me with feeling lonely and depressed. My best friend has been away in Japan and isn’t coming back for a while, so I’ve been really sad lately. Watching Doctor Who also helps me with my social awkwardness. I never really cared what people thought of me, but now I’m not as scared to embarrass myself.

For a long time I was getting more and more lonely and I found it hard to get out and talk to people, and do anything that could make me happy, so it actually ended up making me somewhat depressed, but then a girl from my school who is a whovian asked me one day, if I wanted to watch DW with her, and doing that made me able and motivated to crawl back out to the real wonderful world again. So through the amazing creativity of the doctor who universe I got happier and now we very often hang out and talk DW.

I can escape!

Doctor Cammy
If I'm worried about anything I just watch Doctor who and I feel better. I mean one day I will need to worry then regret watching buuuut....

Rose Tyler
I love the new Doctor who with Billie Piper and David Tennant. I have alot issues that I deal with by reading books and Comic Cons are fun.

Aly the Writer
In seventh grade, when I was about 12, I had severe social anxiety, and anxiety in general. I had no friends, as my best friend of about six years had betrayed me the year before. I could have probably been considered depressed even. That’s also when I really started getting into Doctor Who. It was a way for me kind of to escape, I guess.

I actually specifically remember the day I realized I was better. I was standing outside my science class, waiting to go in, and thought to myself “I’m getting better.” While I still love the show, I don’t rely on it like I used to anymore. I don’t need it to be happy anymore, I can watch it because I like it.

I'm 16 and in 10th grade and have Aspergers. Doctor Who changed me as a person it made me go to cons and make new friends with the same likes its made me stop being shy and why I have my girlfriend.

Doctor Who helped keep me grounded when I moved my Sophomore year of High school, where it felt like everything was crumbling around me, cause I always had Doctor Who as something steady to look forward to. And it's been a great conversation piece for meeting new people and making new friends.

The Mondasian Whovian
I have Autism and Doctor Who helps me because it’s what’s cheers me up when I’m sad or angry. The Doctor Who Soundtracks really Help and are my favourite Music. So yes Doctor Who helps me a lot.

Lexi Chan
It makes me feel really happy and safe. I don't know why, but I've always loved the Christmas Specials.

Doctor who helped me cope with my autism and helped me embrace myself even more. I also like laughing at some of the lines in the show. When i’m bored It helped me get entertained a lot. Not only that it helped me cope with new changes. Since I’m most of the time misunderstood I now have someone to relate to which is the 11th doctor.

I'm a girl suffering from depression and was being bullied. I actually didn't think I deserved to be anywhere, until Doctor Who made me change my thoughts. It made me feel a bit more confident about myself.

Olivia Oswald
The quotes are really good so I’ve been following them.

Bruce Timelord
For me it changed my life by showing me that life has endless possibilities and gave me an outlet to think, but also when Bow passed away, Doctor Who and this amino helped me keep myself steady so to accept her death and I'm eternally grateful for that

I'm pretty sure without Who, my life would be much emptier and my wallet much fuller.
I found out recently that I have Aspergers which explains my lifelong obsession with all things Who and my need to collect everything I can get my hands on.

It's very rare that I watch anything other than Doctor Who and even then, my range of watching interest is confined to a few shows, Red Dwarf, Big Bang Theory, the IT crowd and Laurel & Hardy are my main things to watch..

I dabbled in Star Trek for a while when Classic Who was cancelled (although I did have a lot of Who on VHS and Betamax) but in 2005 Star Trek was largely forgotten and I haven't watched it since.
So, in a nutshell, were it not for Doctor Who, my life would certainly be a lot duller and I would have to do other things like normal people do

I discovered Doctor who when I was not able to walk and was home stuck for a year till my operation. Doctor Who help me to not feel alone, then I discovered this animo and found friends here. I love this place. Doctor who helped me through a time when I was really depressed. Without Doctor Who, which help me so much, and my friends from here, I would be lost.

Doctor Who helped me through the hardest time of my depression and it was the only thing that made fun.

Sekkiera Kleio
Though I'm not mentally ill (or at least not diagnosed), Doctor Who helped me cope with lack of motivation as well as suicidal thoughts. It's like an anchor, and a way to regain hope. Doctor Who isn't unrealistically happy (there are hardly ever any complete happy ends), but most things work out alright in the end. And regarding this as a metaphor for live makes everything just a little bit more bearable.

Plus, the Doctor gives me something to believe in - not in the sense of "believing he is real", but in the sense of his stories, the way he acts - even the fact that he exists, even if it's only in a TV show (and books. And comics. And audios.) - all that giving me something to cling to when I have a particularly bad day.

I'm also autistic. The Doctor taught me to love and accept myself. I've came out of my shell a lot in the past few years and have made many friends because of this show. That's my story anyway.

The Gallifreyan Buccaneer
Not that I have any mental or physical health issues, but the 3rd doctor really helped me through my first move to a whole new place after my parent’s divorce. I related to him as I too felt marooned somewhere I didn’t want to be and longed to return to what I believed was home, the only life I’d ever known with all of my friends there. But, just like the 3rd doctor, I eventually came to call this new place home, in time.

I stopped wishing to be elsewhere and started to embrace where I was, making new friends and starting a new life. So I thank Pertwee for helping me through this time and allowing me to see the ‘daisyiest daisy’ where I am now.

Ammit the Gallifreyan
I won't go into detail but if series ten hadn't aired when it did, I likely would've committed suicide. It also just cheers me up when I feel down and is one of the only things I'm passionate about

It's showed me there is nothing wrong with being different and that you can be a different person through out your life.

Doctor who has helped me out so much. It’s helped me with anxiety and depression on plenty of occasions. Whenever I’m depressed or having an anxiety attack I’ll watch Doctor Who, my favorite Doctor in particular 11, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be 11 to help. It just helps to see someone who understands in a sense, considering the Doctor is the last of his species and lost his friends. His optimism despite the hurt is what helps me keep going! If there’s a problem then he can solve it despite it seeming impossible. The show honestly means so much to me.

Ginger Ninja 47
Doctor Who has helped me discover, particularly the last series, that I'm bisexual. I had had thoughts for a while before the series aired, but the scene with Bill, and the Doctor talking about his man crush on the Master helped me to see that it was alright.

The Doctor has helped me through so much I thought I would never live through. Borderline Personality Disorder, massive depressive disorder, panic attacks, divorce, death. Every time I had problems I would choose a random episode to watch and it would always put me at ease. One of the best things I’ve ever heard was this; “Never cruel or cowardly, never give up, never give in.” That keeps me going every day, always looking up at the stars.

The Doctor has helped me to realise how my life is worth living and helped me to see the world outside of my room.

I began watching Doctor Who a little while before my first break down. From this point I began to be my greatest enemy. I had good and bad days, but nearly everyone of them I was fighting against myself. My social anxiety got worse and my bad mood turned into Depression. But watching Doctor Who gave me a place where I didn't had to fight and all of the poisonous thought were for this time silent.

Looking back this time of rest I had the strength to fight through the next day. It helped me in the really long time before I got into therapy. Today I am still fighting, but I am getting better and with time I found more places where my mind can rest. I am even play theatre now. I didn't know where I would be without Doctor Who.

Doctor Who helped me discover all these deep thoughts and feelings that hadn't been presented to me in a better way before and helped me recognize, appreciate, and continue to act on the extreme love of sci-fi that I had had all along and didn't realize it

Zack the true 11
Well for me it generally made me a happy person I just love the show it actually got me through some pretty hard times it also is my favorite show hands down I've seen old who new who I love them all I always wanted a show that was crazy and fun and just cool that is doctor who It has really helped me through tough stuff

Darth Missy
Doctor Who helped me a lot. I always had problems with Depression and anxiety because of bullying and huge family troubles. Everyone told me I'm stupid and lazy because of my Dyscalculia. I felt lonely and useless. I never thought my life would get better. But when I watched Doctor Who for the first time everything changed. My life didn't first, but I did. I don't know how, but it helped me to gain more confidence and it motivated me to fight for a better future.

All the brilliant quotes from this amazing show inspired me a lot. And my favourite character (you all know who that is) helped me even more. Now, more than four years later, my life changed a lot. I life far away from my family now and I even got my dream job. I have a lot of friends and have the chance to travel a lot. But one thing didn't change: I'm still a Whovian and still obsessed with missy

I’ve had Cystic Fibrosis my whole life, and although it’s hard, I don’t know any different. But when i started having problems with OCD, ICD, and anxiety disorders I didn’t know how to cope, because It was a brand new problem that i didn’t know how to live with. Doctor who inspired me. Every time i felt weak, or about to give in to my obsessions I’d picture the characters from doctor who, i’d repeat lines from the show in my head. It taught me to be strong, and fight. So many quotes and lessons from the show made me who I am today! I feel at peace with myself! I feel happy, and full of ideas! The characters literally improved my life. They thought me lessons I don’t think I would have ever learned by myself, & gave me a new outlook on life.

There was a time that I’d ditch every single one of my classes because my anxiety was so bad. Nobody even knew it was happening, but i was able to fix the problem by thinking about doctor who! I’d remember the lines “don’t run when your scared” and so many other quotes would help me have the courage to sit through class. This show has impacted me in so many ways. I spent Years going to counsellors that didn’t know how to help me. But all it took was a tv show about a madman with a box.

Doctor Who changed the way I viewed my life as a whole throughout the 18-19 years I’ve lived my life so far.

Back then, I used to not care about traveling and felt like my relatives were dragging me and my cousins everywhere.

But as I got older, I found out about Doctor Who at the perfect time, which was at the start of my freshman year of high school.

This show got me through high school and watching the Doctor and his companions traveling and living life to the fullest made me happy.

A year later, I wanted to enjoy traveling after that point and I did by exploring Europe with my family.

Doctor Who right now is helping me cope with depression of not seeing the people I’ve known for years (my friends) as much.

This show is more of a coping mechanism than anything when I didn’t want it to be that.

Ok, well how do I put this? I used to have very severe anxiety and issues with clothes. I couldn't wear any jeans and I found leggings and skirts hard. My everyday outfit consisted of a shapeless old fashioned dress that was basically like a pillow case with straps. This is obviously really hard for someone in their early teens who is trying to find themselves. I found going to school so hard as I couldn't cope with the uniform. I came out of school to be home educated about two or three years back and I started to felt really into Doctor Who. I had always watched the SJA, but had never really loved DW.

I started cosplaying Clara Oswald who, back then, was a fairly new companion. Slowly, through cosplay, my wardrobe broadened and I broke free of these issues. I was so determined to look like my favourite characters, that I would stop at nothing to get there. I owe it all to Jenna Coleman and the BBC for being my inspiration. Now, I am rarely out of jeans and all of the things that I couldn't wear, are now my favourite items of clothing! I would really love it if you included my story. It would be so special to realise that I have reached others through my past struggles.

Chameleon (brokie)
I might be weird but aren't we all ? I think, I don't even know yet how much of an impact this show Had on me and will have eventually, but I know it it reminded me that I can write Texts and Poems ...and it's always making me think Differential or from a different point of view .. I think " that's a way to Look at it".

And it's not just necessarily always The Doctor himself or long time favourite character
For example Dany Pink explainig to Clara you can't feel hate for someone or Something you really don't care about was a realization I am now using this Word way less.
Not to forget the Quote at this Episode ending...even though I find it harder to deal with it's beautiful.

Magical Rose Tyler
I may not have a really bad status, but I was getting bullied since I was 5. I was keeping everything in myself. Tears. Words. It began to be too much, but I still kept it all together. When my internet friend told me about Doctor Who, at first, I had no clue what it is about. She told me, and I thought it would be a good idea to watch it. After a few episodes, I realised I really, really love it. At that moment I was slowly getting to being depressed, so it brightened my mood a bit as I watched.

Then, Doomsdays came. When I saw my favourite character get separated from the Doctor, that really made me cry. I started crying so badly. Not only because of Rose. Also because I thought about the bullying. The words. I finally got it all out. I also got inspired. In further episodes, as I saw Rose, she said she built a machine just to get to the Doctor. She never ever gave up. And it happened. That made me ο½‚ο½…ο½Œο½‰ο½…ο½–ο½… in myself. It made me stay strong. To sort this all out: Doctor Who helped me to believe. To keep fighting. And that's why I'm thankful.

I'm not ill, no mental issues. But it helped me in my darkest moments For me Doctor Who is a philosophy of life. Every message is about keeping struggling even if you can't see a way out of your problems. Because there's always a path, even if you only have bad choices. It's about caring for others as well, and not thinking that other people is worse or better than you. I'm willing to hear everyone's opinion always, because they may have a good point. Everyone is worthy. This show Is where I refugee when real life hits me so hard I think I will never be able to climb out of that deep well I am in. It's the bright light that guides me. It's that optimistic point of view that one self sometimes isn't able to see. And for me, it's my come back to drawing, editing and creativity after too long. Definitely it made me a better person. In some way it regenerated me.

I am Autistic and Doctor Who has really helped with it. I'm usually very shy and I can't talk to others very well. I felt lonely, as if I was the only one who felt what I felt, because most people called me silly and pathetic for having feelings. I felt trapped.

That was until I discovered Doctor Who... and its fandom. The fandom is like another family to me, everyone is so creative and friendly. I've even made many friends here.

Doctor Who has taught me many important things and I find the Doctor a very relatable character - a second me. I know that sounds a bit extreme, but if you were struggling, wouldn't you want someone to relate to? The fact he was alien, mad, caring and compassionate all at once is very similar to me.

So it's thanks to Doctor Who that I don't feel as unconfident and lonely anymore. It's really helped me.

I don't normally like sharing some things that I would consider personal, but, I feel like I needed to share my story because maybe someone else went through the same thing as me and they have difficulty talking about it. It is a bit of a sensitive topic.

Doctor Who has helped me tremendously through my mental illness, depression, which is something that I've been battling for the past 5 years. Doctor Who was a real eye opener and I was fascinated with the idea of the Doctor, his TARDIS, and the adventures he goes on with his companions.
Depression really does leave a mark on someone's life. For me there's times when I lose interest in something that I love or I don't want to eat, just sleep all day. And there's always this huge gaping hole in the middle of your heart where your emotions should be.

The thing about Doctor Who is that it's much more than a TV show to me. It's helped me realize a few things about myself that I would've never discovered completely on my own. I really do admire the Doctor and his companions because they've been through so much and yet still try to see the beauty in life.

I guess why I'm so drawn to the Doctor is that he is, in a way, a healer. Or just someone who tries to make things better (usually with good intentions but not always). His character just makes me really happy and there's not really many people or things that can do that for me. And I do hope that I continue loving the show along with the Doctor for many years to come.

Yadz Gray
The Doctor helped me in my darkest moment of depression, when I really thought that life was no longer worthy it because of many bad things that were happening to me.

He let me cry on his shoulder and taught me too see that it is wonderful, just that sometimes it has difficult moments but not impossible to overcome.

Now he is with me at every step I take, it is a very important part of me, because The Doctor saved my life and I will be eternally grateful.

I was incredibly overweight my entire life. Clinically obese for my entire childhood, up until way past my 20s. I never went out if I could avoid it. Didn't really have friends. Never socialised. Never went to events or parties or talked to people because I was ridiculed and bullied for my looks my entire life. So I was terrified.  I had seen some Doctor Who with my grandmom. It was good. My partner made me watch the reboot. It was fun. But I wasn't hooked until Matt.

Something about Matt just clicked with me. This was now 2013. I had met some nice people in the HP fandom who cosplayed. I wanted to try it because they looked like they had so much fun. But nothing clicked and I felt silly. Stupid. I reverted back to not really enjoying much. But we watched Nightmare in Silver and I kinda lost my mind over Mr. Clever and HAD to be him I suddenly felt ok in my skin. More so because it didn't matter to me if people liked how I looked. I was having fun and I finally didn't care what people thought. Mind you I still got a TON of hate for my choice of cosplay, but this all made me so much stronger and better able to handle crap that got dealt to me. And through this I made hundreds of friends. Many of them I just can not picture my life without.

I go out now, I socialize, I still don't like having my photo taken, but I have gotten better. I have made so many new friends and have gone places that I would have never gone before. All because of one episode of one tv show.

Thank you to everyone who shared their story on Whovians Amino. It's been so inspiring to hear these stories and how the Doctor has helped many people through many different issues. We hope that it too has inspired you, the reader, and shown what an amazing fandom Doctor Who has.
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