Don’t tell me that it’s just a show. Or that it’s only a book. Maybe it is just a show or a book, but I have found something that makes me happy, and that’s hard to do these days.
Telling me that “it’s just a show” is the fastest and most efficient way of destroying my self-confidence. Maybe I do get extremely excited about this show, but why is that a bad thing? Why do I have to calm down?
I know I live in the real world, and I know escapism isn’t always a good idea. But I also know that what I think and feel is important, and I think and feel about this show. Just because the show isn’t real doesn’t mean my emotions aren’t either. I am entitled to be excited about things! I matter! My feelings and opinions matter, and saying “it’s only a show” is the surest way of making me feel as though they don’t.
So next time you think of saying that to someone, think first. What if we told you your gardening doesn’t matter? Or if your mechanic hobby that you love doesn’t matter? Or that just because your passion doesn’t benefit anyone but your immediate self, it is unimportant.
That is what you are really saying to us. We have our passions, and you have yours, so don’t put mine down because you disagree with or dislike it.
It matters to me.
We realize you’re new here, and though we don’t yet know who you are, we would like to offer some encouragement.
You’ve probably noticed by now how attached we are to our Matt Smith, and that we are quite reluctant to give him up. We have also felt that someone like you, who is taking on such a large role with so many expectations from so many people, may be feeling a bit of neglect from the fans. More of them seem heartbroken over Matt’s leaving than excited about your coming.
But keep your chin up, and think positive! You’ll be fantastic. It may take some time, but we’ll fall as much in love with you as with any of your predecessors.
50 years of casting and the people of Doctor Who have never gotten it wrong.
Have patience with the fans who want the old Doctor back. We’ll surely miss him, but I can guarantee the first time you get hurt or trapped or nearly killed on the show, the entire fandom will hold their collective breath during the commercial break, and we’ll realize just how much we already love you! All over the world we will begin to breath again when you explain to your shocked Companion that you have two hearts and that you were just faking it.
Finally, just remember you’ll always have fans behind you reminding you that you will always be the Doctor.