If you're wondering who The Doctor is, then we've obviously never met before...
The Doctor is my family's current obsession. Some families bond over their religion. Some families bond over footy. We bond over a fascination with all things Gallifreyan, most particularly new series Gallifreyan. The phrases 'Timey-wimey, spacey-wacey' and 'Spoilers!' are a code even our 2.75 year old understands. While other children are seeing Horcruxes everywhere and dueling with wands, our boys engage in games of 'sonic screwdrivers at ten paces'.
We love nutting out the myriad of possibilities in the plot; who is dreaming; who is the girl in the spacesuit; under what circumstances did The Doctor tell River his name? We have theories, all sorts of theories, even the 6 year old has his own theories...
So, here's a list of ten ways to be like The Doctor:
- Dress sharply and believe in your style - bow ties, Fez' and Stetsons are all cool because The Doctor believes they are cool, he says they are cool, even in the face of other people's doubt. 'Bow ties are cool!' - remeber that.
- Talk quickly, in non-sequators, and contradict yourself often. The truth is always the truth when you say it, but time is a funny thing, and the truth can change, change with it, but always be true!
- Be curious. Have an open mind for all things, be open to all new experiences, greet new experiences with excitement and great anticipation of adventure!
- View every obstacle as utterly surmountable - every problem as solvable - don't forget to look at it laterally!
- Run! Don't run away, run toward! Run toward the light, toward the solution, toward freedom, toward love. Run, and don't look back!
- Solve you problems peacefully, and with humour. If you have to lose your cool, do it righteously in the protection of those who cannot protect themselves, but don't injure those you are angry at.
- Invite people into your life, you don't have to invite everyone, but allow yourself to have a few close friends and be a loyal friend to them as well.
- Let every person you speak to feel that you notice them and care about them as an individual, whether they are your child, your partner or a person you've never met before, allow them to feel important and seen when you talk to them.
- Be willing to learn from your mistakes and to readily admit when you got it wrong.
- Love your gadgets and call them pet names, you just never know when they might come to life and try to snog you!
We all have a lot to learn from The Doctor, wouldn't you say?!