It’s Okay to Change
One of the most constant elements of Doctor Who is change. The Doctor himself regenerates, companions come and go, and even behind the scenes, the showrunners, writers, and crew are constantly changing. Change is scary for a lot of people. Many of us don’t handle it well, or actively resist it. This is especially true when things are going good. We naturally fear change, because it is the unknown. But Doctor Who constantly presents us with just that. The unknown, the new, the uncertain.
And it can hurt. Watching companions leave is some of the most gut-wrenching television I’ve ever experienced—when the Ponds left, I literally laid on the floor of my room for hours in a stupor, struggling to accept what I’d just watched. Watching the Doctor himself regenerate breaks my heart, each and every time—I cannot watch Time of the Doctor, or Journey’s End, or, heck, even Planet of the Spiders, and not tear up. It just doesn’t happen.
The show doesn’t shy away from the painful thing that change, even good change, can be. The Doctor does not always want to regenerate, and the final moments of his soon to be former incarnation are oftentimes the saddest thing I’ve ever seen on television. But, as always, the Doctor, and the show, carries on. And therein lies an important takeaway, at least for me. Just because things change, and they often change in ways in which we have no control, things can still turn out alright, and even, hopefully, better than they were before. That’s a nice thing to be reminded of.