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Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker delivers special social distancing message from lockdown

"From one doctor on behalf of every doctor, nurse, carer and frontline worker, please remember these important rules"

Published: Thursday, 9th April 2020 at 9:32 am

United we stand, two meters apart. That’s the instruction from Jodie Whittaker, who has once again donned her overcoat and striped shirt for a special message as Doctor Who.


In it, she delivers some sound social distancing rules to Whovians – advice to help the NHS and save lives amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

"From one doctor on behalf of every doctor, nurse, carer and frontline worker, please remember these important rules," she says in the short clip.

"Stay at home. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work, if your work definitely can't be done from home.

"Stay two metres/six feet away from other people. Wash your hands, anyone can spread the virus. Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives. You've got this."

Of course, this isn’t the first time The Doctor has offered some words of wisdom during lockdown. Last month she recorded a special message to fans of the BBC show, assuring them “darkness never prevails”.

“Look out for each other. You won’t be the only one worried. Talking will help, sharing will help,” she said. “Look out for your friends, your neighbours, people you hardly know. And family. Because in the end, we’re all family.”

Throughout the pandemic, Doctor Who has been a source of comfort for sci-fi fanatics, with former showrunner Steven Moffat recently telling the drama offers the perfect escapism: “It’s a world of certainties where kindness and tolerance always work out.”

While stars of the show – including ex Who lead Matt Smith and guest star Bill Nighy – have led watchalongs of classic episodes from recent series, writers of the show have also created new videos, prequels and short pieces of prose for fans in lockdown. also hosted a watchalong of Who spin-off Torchwood, followed by a live Q&A with cast members John Barrowman and Naoko Mori.

Our next RT Torchwood watchalong will be series two’s Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, followed by further episodes, tweetalongs, exclusive chats and more. Stay tuned!


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