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This is why the Doctor is Real

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:25 AM
This is something that actually happened some time back, but I didn't really write it down or anything.  Lately though, I was thinking about it, and I wanted to share it with my friends here.

To give a little background, everyone in my family watches (and loves) Doctor Who.  I have a very young sister who has only gotten to see a handful of episodes of the new series because the rest would scare her, but she still was desperate to see more of the Doctor, so we started watching the classic episodes together.  She's our little Whovian.  She loves all the Doctors, especially Eleven and Four, and she said Sarah Jane is her hero because 'she must be, like, the bravest person EVER and I want to be brave like her.'

I guess that's why I wasn't sure what to tell her when one day she walked up to me, a serious expression on her little face, and asked 'Sarah, is the Doctor real?'
I was stunned.  I thought she understood it was just a show.  She's never even believed in Santa, so this was completely unexpected.  What was I to say?  Telling her no might break her little heart.  Telling her yes would be a lie.  She waited, eager but patient, for my answer, and my mind raced.  Sure, no one could prove that there WASN'T a Time Lord with a blue box flying around the universe somewhere, but you could use that logic to 'prove' almost anything.
I was about to go ahead and explain that it was just a show, when something came to mind.  Something powerful.  
"Can I tell you a story?" I asked.
"Will it answer my question?" she wondered.
"I think so." I replied.
She climbed into my lap and answered "Okay."

This is the story I told.

Not so long ago, there was a young girl, not too different from you, who wondered if the Doctor was real.  So every night, when the rest of the house was asleep, she'd stay up looking at the stars, hoping to see the TARDIS.
The time passed and the Doctor never came, so she started to think he wasn't real.
One night though, when she was in bed, she heard a strange and familiar sound.  The TARDIS.
'I must have been dreaming.' she thought 'the TARDIS couldn't actually be real.'
But sure enough, before she could even get up to investigate, someone entered her room.  It was actually him, the familiar Doctor, as she had always imagined he would be.  She asked him if he'd come to take her on adventures.  He shook his head, and answered "I came to tell you thank you."
"Why would you thank me?" she asked "I almost gave up hope that you were even real."
"Because," the Doctor replied "it's people like you who MAKE me real.  Every time you smiled, or laughed, or cried for me, every time you were brave or kind or even happy thinking about me, you made me real.  So thank you."

I ended my story.
"So, he was actually real?" my sister asked.
"What do you think?" I asked.
She thought a moment, and I started to worry that the point of my story was lost on her.
"I think...I understand." she replied finally.  Then she smiled, her curiosity satisfied, and skipped off, back to her regular routine.

So what defines real?  One of the definitions of Real found in the dictionary is something that influences that which is around it.  I look around, and I see what the Doctor has inspired and influenced.  I see people all around the world connected and brought together to conventions and gatherings, I see smiles, tears, laughter, even charity drives put together by Whovians who want to make the world a better place.
It is us, the fans, and our actions as people that make the Doctor real.

And that's a happy thought! :)

(Please feel free to share this story)

EDIT1: now on Facebook and Twitter!  I wonder if it'll make it to Tumblr?  That'd be fun!
EDIT2: This poem reminded me of this journal post, so I'll share!…

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ImafanofTororo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Damn. This is deep.
I also believe The Doctor is real, but especially the 4th. His quirks and mannerisms were just too awesome for him to not be. I like to believe he's still out traveling the universe, offering people jelly babies along the way

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TheStoreClerk Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not much of a Fan myself.

I have never seen an episode, but I'll still Favorite this


Back in high school I had a friend who shared Decisions class with me.

Granted, we weren't the best of friends, but friends none the less.

And I tell ya, while I'm here typing she's probably accomplishing more than I can do in a month.

She was an excited and bright person, overflowing with ideas and talents that not a lot of people can do nowadays. Unfortunately, she was feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders; a lot was being expected of her (or so she felt) and sometimes that bubbly mood was very, very flat. Almost like Pinkie on a bad day :). But she still tried to keep that chin up, she even tried to keep everyone else's chins up, even mine: the unpredictable Tear Storm.

'Like I said, we shared Decisions class. For those who do not know what that is, its basically a self-help class that taught us about ourselves and our society.

I don't mean to brag, but She and I were the most enthusiastic in class. She always had the ideas and I provided the insight.

I will tell you now, unless you've already guessed it: SHE was the Fan. A HUGE Fan. We had a whiteboard in the back of the classroom and she used to draw symbols and pictures that I've never seen before. She explained that it was the Tardis, Daleks, and a symbol all relating to one man and one man alone...Doctor Who.

It blew my mind, but I chose to accept it.

One time, we had to make soundtracks with music that described us (yeah yeah I know "cheesy" but Decisions was "dangerously cheesy"). With the help of my dad, I made a pretty neat soundtrack (I still have it) but she made a slideshow. And the slideshow had pictures from the show.

Don't you see? The show was so big of an influence to her that she included it in her soundtrack. Her SOUNDTRACK. You cannot describe a person more deeper than a soundtrack!

When we graduated, I was invited to her open-house. Keep in mind, I was still not much of a fan at this point but I still thought of the stuff she aspired to and the tension she was feeling. I wanted to show some support...somehow...

So this is what I did:

I came to her open-house with a Present. I chatted, ate cake and left with the satisfaction of seeing her one last time...and that she'll open up the Sonic Screwdriver. It also had a card with a drawing of R2-D2 (just for kicks) and the words 


I did not see her open it, but I'm sure the response was legendary.

That, my friends, is why I'm Favoriting this.

Because you're right: The Doctor IS real. Granted, he wasn't present, but I'm sure a Certain Someone nudged me to see the box at the bookstore...

Now she has support from high school and beyond time and space itself. I wish her well.

I apologize for the wall of text, but it needed to be said.

Thanks. :heart:

thesolaralchemist Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Thank you.
CaliforniaHunt24 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
AAAAAAWWWW!!!! :iconrightinthefeelsplz:
TheAnimeIsis Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THESE ARE NOT TEARS... They're.. uhh.. Liquid pride. <.<;
Also, I made you an art. You're awesome.
DragonsAndDreamscape Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
:,) *hugs*
TheAnimeIsis Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*hugs* ^w^
Lost-Our-Dreams Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
HOLY *explodes* xD i want a sister like that xD and i also have a theory....

One day, me and my sister were on Pinterest, looking at doctor who stuff, cuz we like to do that sometimes its so funny xD and we saw the picture of rose and the doctor when she's in the parallel universe. and it said, 'What if the reason we never see the doctor is because we're trapped in the parallel universe rose is in?' and i was like O.O D: So I think the Doctor IS real, but we're in the parallel universe. Also remember how Rose got a human version of the tenth doctor? David Tennant is totally the human version of the Doctor.

I had another theory, when I was laying in my bed one morning, thinking of the dream I had. I've now had my 4th dream in a row about being with the Doctor. I was thinking, What if there actually is a dream world? A world we can only go to through the portal of sleep? Every time I dream, I'm always the same person, an OC I based off my dreams named Kat. She is practically me with powers, which is usually what I am in my dreams. So what if Kat and the Doctor are real? In the place where anything is possible, the dream world? And what if we had a way to control our dreams? We could pretty much live another life in our sleep. You're dreams are usually from something you thought about earlier in the day, so every night I think about the Doctor, and being his companion... and then what do I dream about? Being the Doctor's companion! Sometimes they're so real, I feel the warm butterflies of love when we touch... and then I wake up. I realize, why does life have to be so boring? Nothing ever happens in my life. I started thinking the whole Inception thing ( xD ) like, what if I died, I'd be in an eternal sleep. What if when we die we're permanently in the dream world? But anyone who reads this and beleives this don't go suicide or something xD It's just a theory :P But ever since I thought that, i've felt closer to the Doctor... I've been taking my Sonic Screwdriver everywhere, and constantly looking for the Tardis outside. I think the Doctor IS real, but only in my dreams.
DragonsAndDreamscape Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
That. Is. The. Best. Theory. Ever.

And I am TOTALLY going to think about that as I fall asleep now! Thank you SO MUCH for this comment, it is AMAZING! Seriously, this is great.
Lost-Our-Dreams Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
IKR?!?!?! lol i feel like a total boss now xD
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