Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker sends a message of hope to fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The Doctor reminds everyone that “darkness never prevails”

Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker sends a message of hope to fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic 1

Filming for Season 13 of Doctor Who isn’t expected to begin until much later this year, but that didn’t stop Jodie Whittaker from reprising her role as the Thirteenth Doctor to send a message of hope to everyone amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, BBC released a short video of Whittaker’s The Doctor trying to uplift the spirits of fans all over the world during the global health crisis. “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 in time,” explains the Doctor at the beginning of the clip. “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.”

The Doctor then goes on to share what people can do during this tough time. “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,” she said. “Two, tell jokes, even bad ones, especially bad ones. I am brilliant at bad ones.”

The Doctor continued: “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 only 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.”

As expected, fans love the video, with many of them sending their appreciation and gratitude to Whittaker and BBC via social media. Check out some of the fan reactions below:

Before Season 13 premieres, the Doctor and her companions are set to return in a new holiday special titled Revolution of the Daleks. BBC said that it will air “in the upcoming festive season,” but has yet to set an exact a date.

“We can’t leave the Doctor there! On that cliffhanger! Well, we did,” showrunner Chris Chibnall said in a statement, referring to the suspenseful ending of the Season 12 finale that aired on BBC America earlier this month. “But rest assured, the Doctor and her friends will be back for a one-off extended Special around Christmas and New Year. (I don’t know when they’re going to put it on yet, otherwise we’d tell you!). There will be Daleks. There will be exterminations. Thrills, laughter, tears. You know. The usual. See you at the end of the year.”

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