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El Doctor Who has been part of my life for nearly longer than anything; before I came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico, there were four tv shows that were in English that I grew believing belonged to me in Spanish.
La Casita En La Pradera
La Mujer Maravilla
Batman y Robin
I would watch those stories wide eyed and with silly wonder, in a black and white TV, while I was supposed to be doing my homework. thinking all of these characters were living in some exotic, advanced part of puerto Rico i hadn't seen yet.
When I moved to the U.S. (in the 80’s) I was devastated, not only could I not understand the Doctor; “Why is he speaking English?” I would ask myself, why has everything that was mine taken away from me? (does this sound familiar?)
As a child, your thinking is limited to believing you are the center of the Universe. It is immature and well... childish cause you know... you're a child. a pretty self Centered obnoxious child... but okay... moving on...
I used to think that these stories were my servants; they were supposed to take me in the exact journey I demanded, and the reason I stuck with them was because our uncommunicated contract was never broken.
and here he was speaking the most unromantic of languages... English!
But he was the Doctor and he had never let me down before and I was in a new country, maybe he was trying to tell me that I needed to learn English. To dare, to get out there and have an adventure, as if I were in a new planet, with strange aliens, we now call wypipo.
And so I did, and I learned and I thrived.
I adapted to the change in my life
and I kept an open mind.
And as Temmosus said in Los Daleks,
“Yo nunca e luchado lo inevitable. Es una occupacion vana.”
I grew with these new English speaking Doctors. and later i realized how wrong I had been that entire time. but as you grow up you get to see more of the picture, and so i left childish things behind. i changed.
And that is when the Doctor is best; when he teaches us that we can change!
Change will come and humanity rises up to meet it.
“Well, it takes all sorts to make a galaxy,” said The Doctor in Terror of the Zygons.
Today, on this absolutely bonkers planet, in a vast universe; where I am sure we are not alone, we learned that a woman was going to be the 13th new storyteller in a Line of extraordinary and inspiring storytellers. Joining a team of people that keep a legacy together in magical, inclusive, beautiful ways.
There have been some silly reactions to all of this.
But it doesn’t matter, when that key appeared, I wanted to take that hand. there is nothing more incredible than the rush in your heart when a companion agrees to take the journey, because they are saying, "Yes!" for every single one of us.
I want it to be her companion, just as I've wanted to be the companion of all the other doctors.
there is a moment in the new dawning of the doctor in 2005, when rose just takes the Doctor's hand to run away from mannequins.
But the child in me knew that taking the doctor's hand is an agreement to go on unforgettable journeys.
Rose was so lucky!
As an adult with an open mind and an adventurous heart I still fantasize about being able to take that hand.
as a matter of living, I take every adventure that comes my way as a chance to extend my hand towards the journey.
these are all lessons I learned from the doctor!
to treat the very short life you are given as a chance to leave the planet far better than when you entered it.
isn’t that what The Doctor expects of each of us?
To walk out into the world with an open mind and a loving heart to protect the planet and all of humanity against those who would keep it from moving forward into its hopeful future.
Jodie Whittaker is our new Doctor.
I couldn’t be more excited for her.
I couldn’t be more excited for us.
And yes, I may have cried
as the Spanish speaking child in me saw another step towards inclusion,
but also I cried because I’ve long recognized that:
WE ARE ALL THE DOCTOR,
And this pale blue dot we live in,
Is our TARDIS,
And we travel in time and space and our job, our duty, is to make things better for everyone.
And I thank THE TIMES that allowed for Jodie Whittaker to be my new
El Doctor Who!