Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Takes A Moment To Encourage Us To “Listen To Science” And Be Kind Amidst COVID-19

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The Doctor has saved the universe, fixed time, defeated the Master, and learned about her past time and again. Now she has something to say to humanity amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

In a brief video, Jodie Whittaker, who plays the Thirteenth Doctor, channeled her character to reassure people right now. Also to remind them to listen to those who actually know what they’re talked about.

“Oh, hi, this is an emergency transmission.

If you’re seeing this, the TARDIS must have detected an upsurge in psychological signals from somewhere in space and time. Basically, I think somebody somewhere might be a little bit worried. I’m actually just self-isolating, or as I like to call it, ‘hiding from an army of Sontarans’ — but keep that to yourself. Now, here’s what I do in any worrying situation.

One, remember, you’ll get through this and things will be alright, even if they look uncertain, even if you’re worried, darkness never prevails. Two, tell jokes, even bad ones, especially bad ones, I’m brilliant at bad ones. Three, be kind, even kinder than you were yesterday, and I know you were super kind yesterday. Look out for each other, you won’t be the other one worried. Talking will help. Sharing will help. Look out for your friends, your neighbors, people you hardly know, and family, because in the end, we’re all family. Four, listen to science, and listen to doctors, right? They’ve got your back. Five, stay strong, stay positive, you’ve got this, and I will see you very soon.”

Whittaker is the latest celebrity to reassure people during the pandemic. She’s not the first one to channel her beloved character to do so. William Shatner has been tweeting logs in the style of Captain Kirk of Star Trek.
Bec Heim