To celebrate the 55th birthday of Doctor Who we asked our wonderful Twitter followers to share what the show has given them. And what a response. From career inspiration, relationships, a sense of self… it seems there’s no end to what the Doctor has done for us. We chose 55 answers we particularly loved – see if you can spot yourself!
Happy birthday Doctor Who, from us at the Time Ladies and everyone below. We love you.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1062102760307462145
Doctor Who has given me a reason to be happy everyday and inspired me to be the person I am today it’s such an inspiration show and I love it with all my heart— Ellie ✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧🛸✨💫🗝️ (@Ellietardisgirl) November 13, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the strength to keep going, to continue to be kind and to help when I can. To connect with great people who are bigger on the inside and are now friends and people around the world. Life is full of wonders and there is more than meets the eye. Be kind. 🙂— Azurzelle (@Zelle_Eleince) November 13, 2018
Doctor who has given me an escape, watching doctor who has always helped me when im going through a bad time and through good times for those 40 minutes I can escape with the doctor.— 𝒟𝒶𝒾𝓈𝓎🦥 (@daissloth) November 13, 2018
Dr Who has given me a 'safe place' for my autistic son, alongside an appreciation of brilliant actors. As well as giving my daughter a strong positive role model to look up to, who inspires her to reach for the stars.— Nicola Farrant (@mummy2nicola) November 13, 2018
Doctor Who has given me hope over the years at times when I thought I had none. I would not be alive today without it.— Cora ✨ (@Thirteen_Stars_) November 12, 2018
It's also given me something to escape to when times get rough and given me people (both Doctors and companions) to aspire to.
Doctor Who has given me the courage to be as creative as I can, without worrying what anyone thinks.— Scott Van Denham🇨🇦 (@25or6to4scotty) November 13, 2018
Doctor Who had given me a friend that is always there for me when nobody is, who motivates me and pushes me to become a better human being.— Héloïse 🌿 (r0setyler) (@HeloiseCapaldwi) November 12, 2018
I grew up with that friend and I hope I'll die with them. The Doctor may not exist but they'll always be there, like friends do.
Doctor who has given me a reason to wake up everyday with a, sense of purpose dispite my crohns diease and its side effects,to go being kind,ti fight injustice, and to never be cruel or cowardly and to NEVER EVER BE LASAGNA! pic.twitter.com/MsSvxT8HqQ— BeckyR (@freetobanditome) November 12, 2018
Doctor who has given me the opportunity to improve myself and everything about me to bring hope and joy to my life it has helped me through some tough times and many awesome times it is a wonderful show that anyone can enjoy happy 55th birthday Doctor Who— ✰Brittney Summers lime 🏳️⚧️💔 (@TheQueenofSkaro) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me a topic to converse with others, a gateway to new ways of telling stories, a small push to go and meet new people with similar interests... but above all, it's given me a reason to be exited for the future, because if we make it so, the future can be good!— John Ryan (is taking a tour of the Discworld) (@ClassicDWFan) November 12, 2018
Doctor who has given me freedom and the chance to travel. I was born with multiple illness making it hard sometimes to even get out of bed. Although because of the Doctor I have been able to travel to far away galaxies, experience amazing places, and go on fantastic adventures.— Ivy Belle Hudson (@HudsonIvy) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the passion to become a filmmaker: the way how Doctor Who was done inspired me from the age of 5. I will always own my life to the best TV show in the galaxy.— Owen 🍂 (@TimelessOwen) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me some of the best friends I will ever, ever have.— sugar plum billie (@billie_gvf) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me a new outlook on the world and on people. It taught me that we can all respect and be a little more kind to each other. That not everything is a competition, or a battle. It taught me that hate is always foolish, and love is always wise.— Rantingisalwaysfun (@TheRanterisme) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the understanding that sometimes you have to go it alone, and that it can be a true learning experience.— Charlie Rengel (@Charles_Rengel) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who Has Then Given Me The Inspiration— JASON USHER (@jasonjangel) November 12, 2018
To Creating My Dr.Who Artwork & Comic Book. pic.twitter.com/q53nwo9jih
Doctor Who has given me friendships that will last a life time, taught me the importance of kindness, inspired me to keep my head up and keep going when life was difficult.— Dana Reboe (@abitmeddlesome) November 12, 2018
A fear of giant maggots 😮— Sarah-Jane Coleby (@S_JColebyArtist) November 14, 2018
Doctor Who has given me my life back. Wouldn't have the friends and experiences I have now without it.— Steph ✨️ (@pinkwaldd) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me a new lease of life. It gave me my dream job. If gave me confidence to fight for what I really wanted in life. It gave me new friends, which in some cases led me to travel thousands of miles to meet them. All because of this show. Thank you.— Fio Trethewey ✨🎲🏳️⚧️ (@FioTrethewey) November 15, 2018
Doctor Who has given me hope and has taught me kindness. Also, it has given me the most beautiful person in all time and space, we met thanks to the show! 💙 pic.twitter.com/ufCn92Uflc— meripe (sasuke hate account) 🍂 (@crstalgm) November 13, 2018
Doctor Who has given me language skills. When I was a toddler in the 1970s one of my first words was ‘Who Car’ because I couldn’t pronounce Doctor Who!— Kate Vogelsang-Baird MCIPR (@Kate_bob) November 12, 2018
doctor who has given me hope. hope in a universe that is purely good, hope that one day things will be alright. hope to carry on. 💙💙— cleo™ 🌸 🏳️🌈 (@DrWhom42) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me incredible friends, I've met some of the fabulous actors and actresses of the show and it got me through a horrible anxiety diagnosis last year X Not sure what I'd have done without it to be honest so thankyou #DoctorWho Xx— Lily May Sherratt (@IreneWildthyme) November 15, 2018
Doctor Who has given me something to share with my son.— James Brough (parody) (@thasceles) November 13, 2018
Doctor Who has shown me that you don’t need to try and be anyone you’re not, that you can just be yourself. It has given me an even stronger moral compass, and given me the courage to stand up for what I believe in— stasia (@gallifreytrash) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me my antidepressant, comic cons, since my very first ever was to meet Matt Smith ❤ pic.twitter.com/a4Om7nPjj3— Arrowcycle (@Arrowcycle) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the confidence to be different.— Complexicated Cookie (@Johnboy_Cook) November 12, 2018
Growing up with a disability was hard and so is being an adult with one. I constantly feel like an outsider, that this world isn’t designed for me.
To have The Doctor, the ultimate outsider, there for me changed my life.
Doctor Who gave me my dream. I didn't know what I wanted with my life, until one day, I thought, "Hey, it's someone's job to write those stories that mean the world to me. Maybe one day, I can."— Kevin (@scribblesscript) November 15, 2018
Studied film. Started writing. Found a path. All thanks to this show.
Doctor Who has given me something to share with my younger twin brothers, and make ‘em happy. pic.twitter.com/PmRx2dzqD3— Harry Draper (@bowtieanimation) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the opportunity to jump start my writing career by connecting me to my target audience & these other incredible people & places: @DrWhoOnline, @BHCPressBooks, @smith_lynne, @ChrisWalkerT, @WizardWorld, @_Art_By_Steve_, @rachelcaine, @GeneseDavis, etc. pic.twitter.com/2qIAr6qVoF— Mackenzie Flohr (@MackenzieFlohr) November 14, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the courage and the inspiration to write creatively and join a passionate fandom, two things I feared doing. I didn’t find Doctor Who until my 40’s, which means I wasted many years. My new moto? “Let me be brave.”— DoctorWho:OnTheCouch (@DWOnTheCouch) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the inspiration to choose acting as a career. The first time I ever saw Doctor Who I was five and from that point I decided if I couldn't travel through space and time for real, then one I would play the doctor and bring happiness to other little girls— Emma Rowe (@ERowe98) November 12, 2018
Dr Who has given me— Ann (@ann97757123) November 16, 2018
A key to ride the winds of time.
In Totter’s Yard, then, it was then
The alien world became my fact, not fantasy.
And followed hours of fright delights,
And arguing the toss with friends.
And light shone on the best & worst of men.
Doctor Who has given me two women who I look up to and get insparation from in my everyday life. Rose Tyler and The Thirteenth Doctor. Two blondes that have made my life better and better yet two incredible actresses to look up to.— 𝑽𝑬𝑵𝑻𝑰 𝑫𝑨𝒀 (@anemokinniee) November 14, 2018
Doctor Who has given me... My wonderful partner and our two amazing boys, and number 3 arriving in January. If I hadn't gone to meet Paul McGann we would never have met! Also my very different dress sense, you don't need to follow the crowd!— Guy Ingram (@GalifreyStands) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the opportunity to escape from everyday life— Emma Curry (@Emma_Curry_) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me a more complex vision of the universe and a sense of sensibility and love ❤— Needle. 🌸 (@winterfellsnows) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me a decent English and a good way to escape from reality when I really needed to. It also given me hope and helped me going through a lot!— Cha 🦋달 ☾ (@beautyfailed) November 12, 2018
Doctor who has given me knowledge. Even though it is believed that the very first and most recent stories are the most educational, I could tell you about anti matter, Marconi scopes, supernovas, the magna Carta and different mythologies long before learning them at school.— Lotty_phoenix 🔥 (@lottypod93) November 12, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the courage to be my gender fluid self & a hero to look up to.— Christina Lonsinger (@CPoppinz) November 13, 2018
Doctor Who has really changed my life over the past 13 years, the music getting me into music and to really express my musical side despite my hearing loss. DW has really changed my life, showing me that i can do the things i love to do despite my differences. Thank you DW! ❤️😊— Tweetlord (@Tweetlord_8) November 13, 2018
Doctor Who has given me my imagination. It showed me time and time again, when things looked hopeless, during my darkest moment, that people can be kind. That wonder can enter your life when you most need it. And, maybe most importantly, that you can change your gender.— Elizabeth Edwards (@twoesonename) November 15, 2018
Doctor Who has given me the courage to be different. To not fit in with the crowd. To be proud of what makes me an individual because if we're all the same then we're no different than Daleks or Cybermen— Hayden (@TheHorrorQueer) November 14, 2018
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