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Why Doctor Who can help your mental health and lockdown anxiety

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Doctor Who’s adventures could be extremely helpful for those with lockdown anxiety (Picture: BBC)

A psychologist has recommended a binge session of Doctor Who could help those who are struggling with lockdown anxiety and depression.

The long-running series, which is currently starring Jodie Whittaker, has often been a fan favourite, but in times of stress like lockdown 2, they can prove to be soothing to your brain and mental health.

Mental health expert Noel McDermott called out Doctor Who as a stand-out example of a show that could have a calming effect, with fantasy shows in general proving high on the list of shows that can help your brain process things.

Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, the psychotherapist said: ‘Story and myth have been the staple of psychological soothing for years.

‘In the modern form they come via our screens. Programmes such as Doctor Who allow us to engage with villains and heroes which provide safe resolution of conflicts – such as anxiety and depression.’

‘Stories of overcoming adversity are also good sources for helping move us out of the pain and fear of depression and anxiety,’ he continued.

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Doctor Who’s adventures around time and space can be soothing for viewers as conflicts are resolved (Picture: BBC)

‘In many ways, the less “real” it is, the more likely it is we will gain relief from our psychological distress. It’s why stories such as Troy persist.

‘These stories take us out of our reality but keep us in human feeling and experience, and allow us to find resolution for distress.’

Since the beginning of the first lockdown in March, the Doctor Who team have proven to be on hand to help those who are having a tough time.

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The team have been fighting bad guys for more than 50 years (Picture: BBC)

Former doctors David Tennant (Ten), Matt Smith (Eleven) and Peter Capaldi (Twelve), joined forces with current star Jodie for a one-off special to praise the NHS and their efforts against coronavirus.

Jodie, dressed as the Thirteenth Doctor, posted a message of support for her ‘pals’ in lockdown, offering some words of advice back in March.

Russell T Davies has also been hosting viewing parties on Twitter, with cast members joining in on a Q+A as they re-watch old episodes.

David Tennant and Billie Piper, who played the Tenth Doctor and companion Rose, also surprised fans with a reunion special on his podcast last month.

Mandip Gill, who plays current companion Yaz on the series, also gave everyone to look forward to by confirming the Christmas special was still going ahead.

While the lockdown ground all TV and film production to a halt, Doctor Who managed to be ahead of the game, and had already completed filming.

The series is set to return at Christmas, with an old foe returning in Revolution Of The Daleks.

Doctor Who is available on Netflix and BritBox.

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