Happy Doctor Who Day, fellow Whovians! Today we celebrate 57 years of Doctor Who serving as a beacon of everlasting hope and boundless inspiration. Our favorite Time Lord and his/her companions have battled terrors far and wide. They’ve saved our universe countless times and provided hope aplenty along the way. Additionally, Doctor Who proffered a template for future science fiction series. 

This year has proven to be one of the worst in recent memory. 2020 may be a raging dumpster fire, but the Doctor and his/her companions are here to shine a light on our path. They’ll instill in us the hope and courage needed to forge ahead through the rest of this calamitous year. 

Below, you can check out a list of 10 inspiring Doctor Who quotes that’ll guide you through the remainder of 2020 and beyond. 

Always take the optimist route despite overwhelmingly negative circumstances.

I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams. 

The Doctor has always been a symbol of hope for those who need him/her. Whenever the TARDIS arrives, the sound it emits fills the hopeless with hope. Or it’s an indicator that the Doctor left the brakes on. Regardless, hope is the name of the Doctor’s game. The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his childlike optimism spring to mind when I think of hope on Doctor Who. Never lose that childlike optimism. Never lose hope. Even when things seem bleak, there’s always light on the other side. 

David Tennant in a promotional photo for Doctor Who.

I only trust Time Lords who pose like this.

How much life can one truly live? 

Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.

Truer words were never spoken. Ten’s (David Tennant) tenure on Doctor Who is a perfect example of living life to the fullest. As I grow older, I find this quote continues to resonate with me. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. We’re not given a standard length of time to live on Earth. That’s why it’s so vital to make the most out of every moment. 

Courage is forging ahead in spite of your fears. 

Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.

The Doctor has met his/her fair share of courageous companions while traveling through time and space. The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) knows that courage isn’t the absence of fear. While cowardice is refusing to do what’s necessary because of fear, courageousness is moving forward regardless of fear. Take the plunge. Be bold. Change, especially positive change, is only possible if you carve a path outside of the box. Even if that box is a beautiful TARDIS blue. 

Humans are bastions of strength. 

Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species. It’s only a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenseless bipeds. They’ve survived flood, famine and plague. They’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now, here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life. Ready to out sit eternity. They’re indomitable. Indomitable.

We’re so much stronger than we think. The above from the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) is one of my favorite Doctor Who quotes. It’s proof positive of the resilience of humanity. We’re truly indomitable creatures. Keep in mind the centuries of trauma our species has faced. If you’re struggling, remember that you’re stronger than you realize. 

The Doctor wields her Sonic Screwdriver in the second half of the series 12 premiere, Spyfall of Doctor Who.

Girls get it done. Sonically.

Do all things with love. 

Love, in all its forms, is the most powerful weapon we have. Because love is a form of hope and, like hope, love abides in the face of everything. 

It may sound corny, but it’s true. Thirteen (Jodie Whittaker) possesses two hearts that are chock full of love. Love has the power to heal, to mend fences and bridge divides. The world would be significantly more peaceful if folks just loved each other. 

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Take the good with the bad. 

The way I see it, life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant. 

Without trauma and turmoil, how can we truly appreciate the good things that come our way? There must be a balance, as with all things in life. If nothing detrimental or truly bad ever unfurled, then life would be an incessant string of massively under-appreciated “good” things. Learn to at least understand and acknowledge the horrible stuff. Remember that “this too shall pass.” 

Never surrender.

Don’t give up. Not ever. Not for a single day. Be safe, if you can be. But always be amazing. 

Even companions have sage wisdom to impart. Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) is probably one of the most contentious companions in Doctor Who history, but her words pack a punch here. Clara’s tenacity is evident and admirable. Her show of strength in the face of adversity is an example for all of us. Always be amazing and never give up. 

Promotional Image of Clara (Jenna Coleman) and The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in Doctor Who.

Be amazing like the Impossible Girl.

Make the most of life. 

We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? 

The Eleventh Doctor is a wellspring of inspiration. That’s probably why I quote him the most. Our lives are stories. In the end, we’re a biography rife with trials and tribulations. Triumphs and joys. Do your best to make your story exhilarating with the understanding that some things are out of your control. 

Do the right thing. 

You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away!

Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) has experience aplenty in doing what’s right. She’s always hungry for adventure and has an uncompromising moral compass to match. When everyone else flees, stand your ground. Hold fast to your own moral compass. And when the going gets tough, tell the “going” to stuff it. 

Kindness is contagious. 

I do what I do because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind! It’s just that. Just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live — maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, maybe there’s no point in any of this at all, but it’s the best I can do. So I’m going to do it and I will stand here doing it until it kills me … what would you die for? Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand is where I fall. Stand with me. These people are terrified. Maybe we can help a little. Why not, just at the end, just be kind?

The Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) mantra is pure kindness in action. He’s my favorite Doctor. His desire to be kind even to his enemies is immensely inspirational. Kindness is in short supply these days and Twelve exudes it in spades. 2020 is rife with malice. Spewing vitriol at strangers on the internet takes precedence over lending a helping hand. Be Twelve. Be kind. 

doctor who peter capaldi mad face

Twelve lets his angry Scottish eyebrows do the thinking.

Do you have any favorite inspirational Doctor Who quotes? Sound off in the comments below!

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