‘Doctor Who’ Work Ethic: 3 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from the Doctor

When it comes to getting the job done, the Doctor is NO slouch. Even if you have never seen the show, you may have at least heard of it. Doctor Who is the most successful television show ever produced by the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC). It is a long-running show about an extraterrestrial Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey that travels through time and space in his T.A.R.D.I.S (a telephone-booth-shaped ship that stands for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) fighting for mankind and galactic peace.

The Doctor has taught very valuable lessons time and time again about the power of interaction, living ethically, and being successful in your quest. (I mean, heโ€™s over 900 years old, so I should hope he has learned a thing or two)!

Here are 3 recurring tips you can take away from Doctor Who and apply to your own work ethic:

It's tough to save the world alone...

It’s tough to save the world alone…



Stand out, but know your limitations

Through 48 years of journeys with the Doctor, viewers have seen his weakness for travel companions. It’s tough to save the world alone, but he is always successful with a little help. The Doctor’s various companions, who have been predominantly female, are very different and teach the Doctor and the audience how important it is to stand out while still recognizing your limitations. Spanning the decades, each companion shows diversity, poise, and strength. They teach us that we are important cogs in the machine of victory and perseverance, whether we are the leaders or the employees of a business. Plus, when the Doctor gets a little pretentious and too self-assured, a companion shows him there is always room for error. The Doctor has been near defeat countless times and would have lost it all without the assistance of his loyal companions.

Quick tip: Be bold if you know something that may help your business succeed, and donโ€™t be afraid to stand up and make a point! Remember that no matter what your role in business (and no matter how big or small your job seems), your skills are needed to keep the business on the right track.

Fight your battles with wit and intelligence.

Fight your battles with wit and intelligence.

Don’t lose your temper

Another brilliant side of the Doctor is his amazing ability to show restraint instead of acting out of spite or vengeance. The Doctor is notorious for emerging victorious without the use of a weapon (aside from a sonic screwdriver) or anger. He is the kind of guy who would fight an entire battle armed with nothing more than his own wit and intelligence. The Doctor’s even temperament is a perfect example of the role you should play with your business; keep your cool and donโ€™t overreact. Though the Doctor fights for what is right, he is bold and courageous when it’s appropriate. Both courage and confidence are very important in the success of your business, thus projecting both in a noticeable way will always put you on top and ahead of the game.

Quick tip: Control your emotions when dealing with stressful situations. Temper tantrums only waste time and make you look rash and unpredictable! It’s possible to stand up for what’s right as long as you do it tactfully.

How do you beat those who oppose you? Be positive and find their weaknesses.

How do you beat those who oppose you? Be positive and find their weaknesses.

Kindness and empathy are the best weapons

Kill your competition (and any other difficult people) with kindness. The Doctor gives the benefit of the doubt to universal evils; he unfailingly gives them a chance to back down and do the right thing before taking action against them. Through the years, many have opposed the Doctor and declared themselves enemies of his righteous quest for peace, such as Cybermen, Daleks, and other intangible creatures seeking world domination and the destruction of other species. The Doctor teaches us that this kind of competition will always be there in droves. What do you have to do to beat them? Be positive and find their weaknesses. You will succeed through skill and determination.

Quick tip: The trick, as we have learned from the Doctor, is KNOW YOUR ENEMY! Use your abilities and strengths to determine how to handle the competition and explore the positive way you can hold your ground and conquer. You can vanquish your competition through hard work, and determination.

All in all, the Doctor teaches us that it’s possible to triumph if we’re persistent and dedicated to a good and willing cause. He has traveled for centuries with one goal: the success of goodwill. So, with tenacity, patience, and a little dollop of effort, you too can be a hero in your mission to prosper in your business ventures! With any luck, your success will thrive with honesty, confidence and little help from everyone in your business; after all, your employees are just like the Doctor’s companions because they share your goal and provide fresh insights. If you follow these simple little lessons, then you may be able to REGENERATE your successful business time and time again!

What other advice could the Doctor provide? How do his travels align with your business journey? Are there any Doctor Who fans out there who are dying to contribute a comment?

Serenity Morris

Serenity is on the support staff for Quality Logo Products. Cynical and straight to the point, this no-nonsense gal is loveable and passionate about her various nerdy interests. When she is not geeking out about music, British television, and politics she is usually doodling her troubles away! Her artistic abilities are often commissioned for internal and external QLP promotional materials. You can also connect with Serenity on Google+.


  1. Mandy Kilinskis

    I cannot express how much I love this blog, Sam. And all applicable to our work ethic!

    One thing that I always admit about the Doctor is how he uses creative thinking to solve tricky problems! The Doctor always surveys his surroundings and makes sure to use all the resources (including his companions) to solve what usually seem to be unsolvable situations. Not to mention that he (generally) does this with everyone’s best interests at heart. Too often I feel we get frustrated at problems when we should just take a step back and think about them.


    Great post, Sam!

    • cyberneticSAM

      Thanks Mandy! I couldn’t have said it better myself! That is one of the most marvelous qualities of The Doctor, unlike any other super-hero. I think he is one of the best role models for young viewers. He teaches us that intelligence and peacful tactics (no matter friend or foe) are #1, and I for one love that about him!

  2. Joseph Giorgi

    “REGENERATE your successful business time and time again!”

    Clever, clever.

    This is an amazing post! It offers a great deal of insight and provides a few vital tips as well. Knowing your limitations is always key in maintaining success, and so is having a supportive crew that will always be there to offer a helping hand when times get tough. Any business owner would do well to understand that.

    As you pointed out, we can all learn a thing or two from the Doctor. He teaches us a number of lessons, many of which would make ideal blogging material.

    Hint hint: you should definitely do another Doctor post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • cyberneticSAM

      Thanks, I had to work in regeneration at some point! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      You are absolutely right. Though the Doctor may not always be a success in his quest, he and his crew always make the most of any situation. That is also an excellent point, business owners should keep in mind that it isn’t always easy but that doesn’t mean you can’t be BRILLIANT! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      As for writing another blog post, I would love nothing more than to write about Doctor Who until my fingers bleed, but I must wait awhile keep the audience wanting more and more! Just like the Doctor does!

  3. JPorretto

    Yay! Sam wrote a blog! I feel like this is almost an Auto-Biography. Like you’ve really taken these tips to heart…

    • cyberneticSAM

      Yes, my second blog, as you can tell I do take these ethics to heart. You should too, everyone should! You are right, basically all you have to do is learn and watch all things Doctor Who and you truly do know everything about me… “Spoilers!” ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Jill Tooley

    Oh, how I love the Doctor! Even though his appearance changes, he’s still the same problem-solving Time Lord that we all know and love. Matt Smith is great, but I can’t help but miss David…sigh… Anyway, I’ll save my David Tennant sentiments for another day.

    Wonderful job on this post! The Doctor is definitely a solid role model for any business owner or employee. He’s not perfect (who is?) but he’s SUPER patient and he has this way about him that inspires others, as indicated by his various companions. Look at how timid Rose was in the first series compared to her badassery in the later series (and the same goes for Martha). His confidence rubs off on people, which is yet another part of his charm. That’s the kind of fearless leader we all need!

    I need to catch up on the latest episodes…I’m so behind!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I understand, Jill. DT/Ten will always be my Doctor. <3

      • Jill Tooley

        I know that a regeneration was inevitable, but it was so heartbreaking to see him go! It’s funny, they say you never forget your first Doctor, and by all accounts that should have been Christopher Eccleston because I started the series with him. But David Tennant was so incredibly perfect for the role that I think I just fell in love with him as the Doctor and had a tough time letting go.

        Who’s your favorite companion?

        • Mandy Kilinskis

          I like Nine and Eleven, but yeah, it’s Ten all the way for me.

          Martha is my favorite companion. I realize that Rose was supposed to represent an average girl and blah blah blah, but I love Martha’s intelligence, that she travels around the world for Ten, AND the fact that she walks away on her own terms. Plus the Shakespeare Code is one of my favorite episodes. (I am not happy that she jilted her other doctor and ended up with Mickey, but that’s a soapbox for another forum. Darn you, Russell T. Davies). Second favorite would be Captain Jack Harkness. Because come on, Jack. You?

          • cyberneticSAM

            I love DT so much as well. As for the companions, Rose will always be my girl. I was inconsolable for 2 hours after the season finale with Rose.

            • Mandy Kilinskis

              Feelings on Amy? She is by far my least favorite companion in New Who. I want her to disappear so badly. But I love Rory, so, go figure.

              • cyberneticSAM

                Really? Miss Amelia Pond has a way about her; I think she is super-sweet and charming, plus you gotta love that they have had two feisty gingers! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Jill Tooley

            What can I say, I sort of like ’em all… ๐Ÿ˜‰

            As typical as this may seem, I’d have to say that Rose is my favorite companion. I think that her personality meshes well with the Doctor’s and I love how they constantly bounce off of each other to solve the puzzles. They had an undeniable chemistry on screen! Donna would be a close second, though. I didn’t like her at first, but she really proved herself over time. I admire Martha’s strength and I can totally see what you mean about her walking away on her own terms. The Doctor/Master episodes were some of the best ones!

    • cyberneticSAM

      Yes, you do need to catch up! All I can say is that I too was sooooooo heartbroken when David left. I cried (if you remember) as I do each time they break my heart: from William Hartnell to Matt Smith they always outdo themselves in their casting! I can’t believe that Matt Smith was a footballer and now he is the Doctor – amazing versatility, much like his character. Not only is he patient, but he never uses anger, spite, and is NEVER vengeful. He is like the Dalai Lama of superheros! I am just afraid, only one regeneration left, what do we do!?!?

  5. Peemo

    So far I’ve seen a bunch of chicks swooning. Is this a soap opera?

    I haven’t ever seen the show but definite good points though, Sam!

    • cyberneticSAM

      Thanks Peemo! I have to say that it is in no way a soap opera, it’s one of the best sci-fi shows ever created. Geeks and nerds alike have been soooooo obsessed for nearly five decades. It is an international craze and has been for a very long time. As for the majority of females swooning, I guess this sheds light on the female:nerd ratio we have here at QLP!

  6. ASneed

    I have not heard of this show…..has it really been on for 48 years?! That’s impressive. So the doctors have changed, but the story/plot stays along the same lines, is that right? It sounds like something I might like.

    It’s nice to see a post by you Sam, well done! =)

    • cyberneticSAM

      Thanks! I was happy to do it! And it hasn’t been on for 48 consecutive years, it ran from 1963-1989 and then in the 90’s there was a movie, then the show started re-airing in 2005. Nevertheless it has been on for a very long time! And yes you would like it, full of thrill and adventure, it really is a show for everyone!

  7. Jana Quinn

    I must say that Doctor Who is a corner of geekdom that has thus far evaded my exploration. I did watch the first few episodes of the Christopher Eccleston series, but it seemed like low budget TV movie with oddly detached characters. Also, the fact that every single Doctor dies and – after roughly 20 viewings – I still cry every time you-know-who dies in Serenity, I can’t handle the sheer anxiety of it all. I’m currently working my way through Smallville, and I know Pa Kent dies at some point, and I’ve ALREADY burst into tears during two separate episodes where I thought he was going to bite it.

    Ah, yes, the rest of the article. I think the best point was the killing-them-with-kindness. If you get confrontational with someone in an angry or accusatory way, they can get a toehold. It’s harder to argue with someone who’s assertive but maintaining a calm demeanor and speaking in a reasonable tone of voice. I should probably learn that skill at some point…

    • cyberneticSAM

      Well, you should definitely keep watching. They were very low budget in 2005 b/c Russell T. Davies was not sure if he was going to be able to keep it going, not to mention they did want to keep it low-fi so it would somewhat resemble the very old series (they weren’t sure at the time what direction they were going to take). As for the regeneration, I think it is brilliant, some superheros have super powers that generate through strange and unlikely forms and and I like the idea that it is impossible to get bored with The Doctor this way. It is very painful to see them go, but totally worth it! As the show progresses the budget gets bigger and bigger and the effects become more and more amazing. I always tell people NEVER judge this show by the first season!

  8. Amy

    My cousin is obsessed with this show. I now really want to check it out! Great post!

    • cyberneticSAM

      It is wonderful, it was love at first sight for me. But like I just told Jana, get through season 2 of the new series before you really decide what you think of the show, the 1st season isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but as the show goes on the amazement and love does too! Plus I love that after almost 50 years they STILL have yet to exhaust amazing storylines and charactrers!

  9. Lauren G

    Sam, great post! I’m not much of Doctor Who watcher but I know you and Jill are. I’m ashamed of myself. But, brighter note, I loved your blog. Everything you’re saying is so true. The good Doctor sure knows good pointers to give. I definitely apply “don’t lose your temper” daily in my life. Dealing with people and their money can be a sticky situation sometimes. Jill, I know you know what I mean. I always love reading everyone’s blog for QLP, keep up the awesome blogs please!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    The only one who doesn’t work at QLP. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lauren

    • cyberneticSAM

      Thanks Lady L, appreciate the comment! You should watch the show, but we still will love you even if you don’t! I love that the connections between Doctor Who and everyday life go hand in hand! Just remember he has a lot to teach us, and we human beings (who can’t help but be saved time and time again by him), have a lot to learn from him.

  10. Emilee

    Bravo Serenity! Or should I say brilliant? Although, you have always been a great writer. Good meshing of two of my most passionate topics: Doctor Who and work ethics :).

    • cyberneticSAM

      Haha thanks Milee! Yeah, it is really amazing, you could really tie the Doctor to anything, but it works so well with business ethics. It is almost as if he is running a business, a business of kicking butt and saving the universe!

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