Four Things Doctor Who Has Taught Me

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Mistakes Don’t Define You

The Doctor is not a perfect person. Heck, sometimes it seems he’s not even a good person. A big part of The Doctor’s recent adventures has been his coming to terms with the fact that he isn’t a good person. But that doesn’t make him a bad person, either, and the same holds true for us. We don’t always do or say the right thing. We can’t. That’s a part of the human condition right now. But we don’t have to let that fact hinder us from trying to do the best we can. We won’t get it right one hundred percent of the time. But that’s something we must accept.

The thing about a lot of our heroes is that they are innately born with that special something that makes them destined for greatness, somehow. Plenty of them are heroes just because. Sure, they have flaws, but these are often superficial, or are overcome in the course of whatever journey the hero has embarked on, and just in time to save the day. The Doctor isn’t like that. He is a flawed individual that does not always overcome those flaws. In fact, they are a permanent part of his character. He is not a good man. In his own words, he is an idiot, just passing through. And yet his impact on the universe has been, to me, mostly positive. The same can be said of each and every one of us. No one is a paradigm, but we don’t have to be in order to do what’s right.

I’m sure there are more reasons I love Doctor Who, and I’ll probably write about them here at some point. But coming up with these few has reminded me that while, yes, the entertainment we consume is just that, entertainment, it can also play a much more important part in our lives, and the reasons we hold certain things dear often go much deeper than the superficial. Although, yes, I do carry a sonic screwdriver with me at all times for no other reason beyond that sonic screwdrivers are freaking cool.

 

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