News & Politics

Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon.

Protect Jodie Whittaker at all costs.

Doctor Who is at its best when it makes big bold changes and this is huge.

I already adore her, and I am cheering for her and new showrunner Chris Chibnall to really knock it out of the park with an amazing Series 11 of Doctor Who. Like any other Doctor that has come before her, I will defend her so hard. Like any Doctor before at first its going to be so weird to see her occupy the TARDIS, not because she is a woman but because she’s the new Doctor. In my experience there has always been a bit of uncertainty when a new Doctor shows up, actually apart from David Tennant I was sold on him immediately (11 is my favourite and I wasn’t sold on him straight away!). I’m all for embracing the change though. There will be higher expectations now, the show will be scrutinized even more with a woman in the lead but I can’t wait to see what they do with it.

I’ll admit four years ago I wasn’t ready for a female Doctor, and this time around I was actually hoping for a male actor to take on the role, someone like Sacha Dhawan would have been perfect (and I hope he gets his chance a few years down the line). I just didn’t think it was possible that the Doctor could be a woman. But a day or two before yesterdays big announcement I started imagining the idea of an actress taking on the role, someone like Hayley Atwell, I was excited by the idea and the fact they have gone ahead and done it is actually incredible. I was so sure they were going to play it safe and now I am glad I was wrong. The new Doctor Who is going to inspire so many young girls and boys around the world it is going to be wonderful!

I’m kind of surprised I didn’t think of Jodie Whittaker at first, I do remember seeing her on potential lists on news sites. But it actually makes sense that it is her, Chris Chibnall worked with Whittaker on Broadchurch for 3 seasons, they must have a great working relationship together like I imagine David Tennant and Russell T Davis did on Casanova and then latter on Who. Taking on a show as big as this you got to have people around you that you know and work well with.

A female Doctor has been on the cards since Missy was introduced in 2014, and Missy was brilliant! There is no reason why 13 won’t be either. We got hints of her arrival throughout the latest series too.

The only constant of Doctor Who is how it keeps changing and evolving, there is no original format to the show it is constantly moving forward bringing in new creatives and that’s one of the many reasons the show is so exciting to watch. This is only the second time I’ve gone through the announcement of a new Doctor, I got in to the show late 2011. I remember when Capaldi was announced I adored him instantly, and the exact same thing happened when Whittaker was announced, she’s a terrific actress and I have no doubt she will make a fine Doctor.

We all change when you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you use to be – Eleven

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*insert this is fine gif* #2017

Every time I see a new story break on Twitter, I want to reply to it using this gif.

A while ago I wrote a post about how to keep up with the news. But now I bring you a counter point, take a break from the news if it is getting too much.

There has been a lot of news happening lately that make you lose faith in humanity a little, terror attacks continue throughout the world, Donald Trump is still president, fear mongering is rife and everything kinda sucks. The other day I was listening to the latest Podcasts from Pod Save America and the New York Times, both focused mainly on the health care debate in the USA and I found the listen truly depressing. That people would want take away fundamental rights of their own citizens is horrifying.

Take a break from the news, its okay, people should not judge you for wanting to do so.

How can you do that though? Especially if you are like me and the first thing you do each morning is check Twitter for the latest news.

Think before you click.

I took that heading straight out of  an article in Psychology Today, because I couldn’t have said it better, the article says that “exposing ourselves to too much, too often runs the risk of making us become numb or overwhelmed.” I have done this in the past, I’ve seen a headline online that while it is near to my interests and is an important story itself, I wouldn’t read it because I knew it would overwhelm me and contribute to me feeling anxious. Instead the article talks about taking time to read up on the general issue and taking action or making a contribution financial towards the cause.

Radio silence.

Just take a break get rid of  all technology for a week and see what happens. The last time I remember doing  this completely was when I was traveling around Sri Lanka in December 2010. I recently deactivated my Facebook for a week which was great, I don’t feel the need to constantly go on it anymore.

Reach out to your family and friends.

If the world is getting you down talk to someone. Surround yourself with all your favourite people and all your favourite things and forget about the rest of the world for a while Don’t feel guilty that you aren’t paying enough attention to world events.

Remember there is still a lot of good things happening in the world.

I think about this quote a lot.

‘Humanity is good. Some people are terrible and broken, but humanity is good. I believe that‘ – Hank Green.

BBC Newsround published an excellent story following the Manchester Attacks in May Advice if you’re upset by the news

While this was directed mainly at younger people who may be upset, I think it gave advice that is applicable to anyone regardless of their age.

To conclude let me quote another Green brother, this time John:

“Bad news happens all at once. Good news happens slowly.” – John Green

He was referring to this story First Ebola Vaccine Likely to Stop The Next Outbreak when Ebola first broke out it was all over the news and then we stopped hearing about it, it became that 60 second soundbite that you would hear during the world news section of your evening bulletin. Although the news stopped talking about it, people were still working away to create a vaccine.

Good news is still happening all around, never forget that.

There is too much news, how do you keep up?

I am a self confessed news junkie, but I admit I can struggle to keep up with all that is happening in the world. We’re living in an age of information overload, which has only gone into overdrive in the past year. So I thought I’d have a go at answering the question: how to keep up with the news.

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