10 Ways Doctor Who Restores Your Faith In Humanity

Where there's life, there's hope.

It€™s good to be a Doctor Who fan. No, honestly, it€™s wonderful to be a Doctor Who fan. Doctor Who is a series that brims with positivity. It's filled with happy endings, even if at times they're ones laced with sadness. It carries an inextinguishable torch, joyfully lighting up life in the here and now. The show tells us, in the most overt of ways that (queue the voice of Jeff Goldblum), €œlife will find a way". Britain€™s longest running sci-fi series has found its way into hearts and minds, establishing one of the most passionate and vocal fan bases of all time. Several years ago, Doctor Who Magazine published a special entitled "We love Doctor Who" and a sequel is long overdue, one called €œDoctor Who Loves Us". Even when it presents a bleak future for Earth, the writers strive to ensure that the human race never mutate into the Toclafane or Cybermen. The show must go on loving us and its primary message is that it's (generally) good to be human. It€™s a message its fans need to hear to counter their anxieties from the horrors they read daily in the news. When you think about it, the enduring appeal of Doctor Who has inspired so many wonderful acts of human kindness. It might be a bit of a beast, saddled by its history, and some pretty nasty things have been said and done in the name of Doctor Who. But as a force for good in the universe, Doctor Who has a wonderful legacy to celebrate. As such, here are just some of the reasons Doctor Who should make you glad to be alive. Wash away all those negative thoughts, make a cuppa and check out why so many people, as soon as the credits roll, get a warm feeling inside, one that goes to the heart of who they are. Here are a few of our favourite things...

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Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.