“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”
— The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6
For those who aren’t aware yet (and those who skipped the title of this post), it has been announced that a character in the upcoming series of Doctor Who will have dyspraxia! Full article here:
Around 5 months ago I released my project on a list of potential characters with dyspraxia. Over time I have added to this list but there weren’t any actual dyspraxic characters to add. Didn’t have to wait long though, did I?!
Doctor Who has always been about change and trying out new ideas – it’s something that most people have a love-hate feeling about the show. This new series of Doctor Who has been about breaking new grounds – the Doctor now being female – but this announcement for dyspraxia is something different. The series first episode is premiering during Dyspraxia Awareness Week (Sunday 7th October).
“In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
— The Doctor, Season 6, Christmas Special
It goes without saying that dyspraxia didn’t have a solid on-screen role model. It is early days for this character but hopefully it’ll bring about a new kind of awareness for dyspraxia. For such a character to be introduced into such a big TV show that is Doctor Who is awesome, to say the least. There is great promise behind this character and I’ll be sure to add him onto my list with an explanation once I’ve seen the character for myself.
Even if Doctor Who isn’t exactly your cup of tea I recommend giving the new series a watch. It’ll be good to see just how this character turns out and the impact he’ll make. The only issue is that with the new Doctor being female I hope that doesn’t overshadow the dyspraxia. I’m looking forward to seeing dyspraxia portrayed – even if it is going against the fact I want to watch all of the original series of Doctor Who first before moving onto the reboot!
Thanks to the creators of Doctor Who for taking the time to implement a new kind of character! This kind of introduction may spur other producers to think more about what they can do for their own franchises. Perhaps, we’ll see more characters with dyspraxia in the future.