The Doctor Is Real: A Glimpse Into Tumblr

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This article is about an intriguing Tumblr community. I stumbled upon them this weekend and was extremely interested, so I wrote an article about them. I say this in the article, but I will repeat my message here: I mention some blogs by name. Please do not harass them. If you have genuine questions for them, that is fine, but do not contact any of them with malicious intent. Thank you.

Submitted: May 30, 2019

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Science fiction is a delightful genre deeply rooted in popular culture. The blend of actual scientific concepts and speculative fiction is extremely appealing to many people. For proof, just look at the 9 million people who tuned in to watch Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor take the screen. One of the most interesting facets of sci-fi geek culture is the theories. Almost every sci-fi show and movie has at least one theory that captivates its viewers. Doctor Who is no exception. If you search ‘Doctor Who theories’ on Google, you receive roughly 73,200,000 results. Possibly the most fascinating question Whovians pose is: “Could the Doctor exist in real life?” While some people may find the question frivoulous or purely for entertainment purposes, there is a community on Tumblr that puts their faith in the Doctor’s existence. I will attempt to delve into the intricacies of this community.

 

 First and foremost, I want to say that I will be mentioning these blogs by name. Please do not harass any of them. If you have genuine questions, feel free to ask them, however do not contact them with malicious intentions. One interesting observation I have made upon inspection of this community is their lack of activity. In general, most of the blogs that posted about this are no longer active. Whether that is caused by loss of belief, or any other factor, I cannot say.  Three blogs I could find that have been active in the last week are @whovianconspiracies, @hellothedoctorisreal, @thedoctorisreal, @beeno94, and @searchingforthedoctor. Other than that, every blog is inactive. I define inactive as having not posted in at least six months. The blogs that are active, however, post frequently. They seem extremely driven to inspiring and supporting one another. All in all, they seem to be a wholesome, friendly, and welcoming community. They post strange experiences that they claim to have happened, they share other people’s strange experiences, and offer advice. The only negative I can find within this community is perhaps obsession. These people hold onto their belief with an iron grasp. Perhaps one might few it as a form of escapism. Google defines escapism as “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy”. My opinion is purely speculative, of course. While this may present itself in unhealthy ways, I believe this community is overall more encouraging and wholesome than it is detrimental.

In fact, these blogs seem to push a message of finding happiness for themselves instead of relying on the existence of the Doctor to bring them happiness. @doesthedoctorexist, one of the older and larger blogs, recently updated the community after a long period of inactivity. They said, “I found a passion that lies here, on Earth. I still look to the stars, and always will, but I was tired of actively searching for something instead of trying to enjoy what I already have. We can always choose to look for happiness. That’s something that I wish on all of you too. I’m certainly not saying to give up, or stop looking, or anything like that. All I’m saying is, don’t spend your time waiting for something that might not happen. You are so alive, and you should enjoy every second of that. Show compassion, love fiercely, and overall, be kind... Life is more than a computer screen. There are people who love and care for you, no matter how bad it may seem at times.” This beautiful, heartfelt, and absolutely compassionate message seems to speak for most of the community. The little negativity I found was on the blog in earlier days, and it mostly came from outside trolls. All in all, I believe this community is beneficial in that it provides a place of tolerance, support, and compassion. These people truly take the themes of Doctor Who to heart and try their best to share that light with the world. Again, I reiterate, do not go and seek to disrupt this community. They are not bothering anyone and they come from a good place.


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