May The Verse Be With You: The Real Doctress

May The Verse Be With You presents 'The Real Doctress'. The recently reviewed Doctor Who episode, 'War of The Sontarans', from the latest . . .
The Real Doctress

May The Verse Be With You presents ‘The Real Doctress’. The recently reviewed Doctor Who episode, ‘War of The Sontarans’, from the latest series, featured Mary Seacole. Sara Powell did a fantastic job of portraying her. So, we felt it was worthy of a special poem, dedicated to the role. In many ways, Mary Seacole embodied much of what all incarnations of The Doctor so loves about humanity.

 

The Real Doctress 

 

There she was, on Doctor Who,

onscreen for all to see:

to show young viewers clearly

her place in history

 

Mary Seacole, proud Britain,

a hero through and through;

the first time some kids will have heard

a name they never knew

 

The best of humanity —

The Doctor was so proud;

a simple superpower:

to peacefulness she vowed

 

She helped relieve suffering

the only way she could;

she feed the weak and weary,

her heart was true and good

 

So, don’t forget this woman,

and all that she stood for

Mary Seacole, true Doctress —

a wholesome soul, so pure!

All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy

Illustration by L. A. Cassidy

 

Mary Seacole joins a long list of historical figures to appear in a Doctor Who story. It seemed right that she should be made “The Real Doctress”. This was certainly one example of choosing a lesser celebrated figure of history, who was on the right side of it, and positively portraying that. For the Whovians amongst you, check out our ode to the TARDIS poem, ‘Vworp!’. See you next all Friday!

 

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