Jordan Shortman

Today marks the 55th Anniversary of Doctor Who. Throughout the day the writers of BlogtorWho will share their stories of the show. They’ll explain what this simple television programme means to us. How it has shaped our lives. Our favourite moments, stories and characters. Read on to hear one of our writers, Jordan, describe the very personal story about how his life has been helped by Doctor Who

It’s hard to believe that Doctor Who is now 55 years young. Over the course of those many years we’ve had thirteen great Doctors, numerous companions come and go, hundreds of baddies for our TARDIS teams to face, and many, many hours of endless entertainment. One wonders whether the original production team knew that the show would still be one of the biggest talking points in the world when they conceived it back in 1963. It is a testament to the imagination and hard work of Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman that the show is going strong today.

Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars: Part 3 (c) BBC

For me, it seems like only yesterday that I saw a strange but new and exciting piece of television at school. Sat wondering what fresh hell awaited us in another themed week in Junior School, our teacher, a Doctor Who fan himself, brought in the classic story, ‘Pyramids of Mars‘ on video. As the opening titles faded away, I knew this was something special. What I didn’t know however, was how much Doctor Who would impact my life. Pyramids of Mars’ is still a story that I adore and I can’t remember anything else about that dreaded themed week at school apart from watching that. Doctor Who quickly became a large part of my life after that.

New Doctor Who

With Christmas 2005 came ‘The Christmas Invasion’. Then Easter 2006 brought my first proper series of Doctor Who with David Tennant and Billie Piper. I can vividly remember watching those episodes and how much I loved and was terrified by them. I can still see myself watching the werewolf transformation from ‘Tooth and Claw’. I had nightmares for years after that!

Now, no one’s lives aren’t perfect, but I’ve had my fair share of troubles through the years since ‘Pyramids of Mars’ in 2005. After leaving junior school and entering Secondary School in 2007, I was bullied mercilessly for almost my entire time there. However, alongside the endless torrent of slurs and abuse, one thing also remained constant – my love for Doctor Who. It was this little show, that has now lasted 55 years, which got me through it. The messages in the programme are so inspirational. I was never cruel or cowardly through the abuse. I endured and I always forgave. The Doctor taught me that. As the Doctor says, “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.” That’s what I want to do, make it a good one.

The worlds of Doctor Who have always felt very real for me, so much so that there are times when I wish the TARDIS would arrive and I could fly away on my own adventures. It might sound childish but I still dream of flying away in a big blue box. Even since leaving school my life has been fraught by trials and tribulations but Doctor Who has always remained constant. I’ve always stuck to my favourite quotes when dealing with life.

“Never be cruel or cowardly.”
“Dreams are important. Never underestimate them.”
“We are all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.”
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”

The last quote sums me up perfectly. I’ve always been the dreamer of improbable dreams. I will always dream of flying away in the TARDIS, I don’t even care which incarnation of the Doctor comes to get me! But another thing that Doctor Who has taught me is to walk in the dust. Life on Earth can be an adventure too, you just need to know where to look.

Thank you Doctor Who for teaching me that. Thank you Doctor Who for protecting me and for loving me just as much as I love you. Thank for inspiring me to be the best possible version of myself and love everyone no matter what awful things they have either done to me or other people. Every thing in life is precious. Doctor Who has taught me that.

Finally thank you Verity and Sydney for creating this show. It hasn’t just helped me but millions of people all around the globe. There is no doubt in my mind that they would be so proud of what we’ve become.

Happy Birthday Doctor Who and Thank You from all of us at BlogtorWho.

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