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How Doctor Who made me a fan for the first time ever

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For years, I've wanted to be a

Doctor Who

fan, I grew up totally enthralled with fantasy and sci-fi, and it really seemed like the show for me but I just couldn't fully invest.

Now, for the first time in my lifetime, that's changed and it's all thanks to a bit of diversity - done the right way.

I've dipped in and out of the franchise a couple times. I tuned in for David Tennant's run as the tenth doctor - mostly to see if Billie Piper was a better actor than she was a pop star, and also because of River Song, being the total badass that she is.

I tuned in for Matt Smith's run as the eleventh doctor but that was largely just because I had crushes on both Smith and Karen Gillian. And I watched a bit of Peter Capaldi's run as the twelfth doctor, only because his companion Bill Potts was the series' first openly queer woman of colour.

Until now, The Doctor has always regenerated into a white male - usually on........

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