Technically, as any Doctor Who fan will tell you, the Time Lord is a centuries old, two-hearted alien who ‘regenerates’ in all forms.
However, over the course of the show’s 55-year history, we have only seen male iterations. So, when news broke on Sunday that the next Doctor will be female, hundreds of thousands of people had an opinion.
By some, the unveiling was hailed as an inspirational breakthrough, while others vowed to never watch the programme again.
Here at USW Commercial, we can’t wait to see Jodie Whittaker on our screens as the next Doctor, and we’re sure she’ll follow footsteps of her predecessors by providing us with excellent lessons in leadership.
Throughout the show’s many seasons, we’ve watched the Doctor and his companion(s) travel through time and space via the TARDIS to ward off various threatening aliens, including galactic policemen, weeping angels, Daleks and Cybermen.
How does this relate to your office setting? And how can the Time Lord shape your leadership style?
We’ve taken our favourite quotes from the show’s revived series to illustrate how you can find inspiration from the Doctor.
1. “Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I.” Season 1, Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor
Give credit where it’s due, even to yourself. It sounds obvious but it doesn’t always happen. Look closely at your team or organisation to identify the biases that cause some people’s work or ideas to be overvalued or undervalued. Then make sure that the right people are getting the right credit for the right reasons at the right time, including yourself.
2. “Some people do more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.” Season 3, David Tennant as The Doctor
This one relates to time management – we all have the same 24 hours every day, yet some leaders are so much more productive with their time. When a leader has bad time management skills, there is usually an undercurrent of non-productivity. Things don’t get done, deadlines are missed and opportunities are lost. Good leaders value and manage their own and their team’s time effectively.
3. “I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” Season 6, Matt Smith as The Doctor
Nowhere is optimism more important than in leading teams and organisations. Highly effective leaders have a transforming effect on their teams: they have the gift of being able to convince others that they have the ability to achieve levels of performance beyond those they thought possible. They move others from being stuck with “how things are done around here” and help them see “how things could be done better”.
4. “Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose.” Season 8, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
It is inevitable that leaders, no matter what type, will be faced with many different decisions. Some decisions will be minor and may not affect anyone but themselves, while others can be quite large and have the capacity to affect everyone and anyone under their leadership. Even if the decision isn’t one they want to make, a skilled leader will have the ability to manage risk and choose whichever achieves the best outcomes.
As the fifth doctor in the revived series, and the 13th doctor overall, Jodie Whittaker will inspire young girls across the world who will grow up with a hero they can aspire to be.
We think all managers should also be watching her closely to draw inspiration and gain more leadership tips from Gallifrey, Earth and everywhere in between.