If you’ve known me for very long, than you know one of my guilty TV pleasures is Doctor Who. Now before you think “Oh no, SciFi!” and hit the back button on your browser, bear with me. I’ve learned a lot from Doctor Who about being a father, not the least of which is how to say, “No.”
What parent faced with the onslaught of their children’s tantrums hasn’t wanted to just give in? Well, the Doctor can help. Watch the attached clip and simply replace “Doctor” with “Daddy”, and imagine the obnoxious little trashcan robots (Daleks) are your kids, and that Rose (in red) is their Mommy.
Got it? The Doctor is Daddy, the Daleks are unruly kids and Rose is the Mommy. I’ve attached a modified script immediately after the video clip to show you what I mean. Now play the clip. Really… play it! In this context it’s really quite entertaining… and a great parenting role model on how to stand your ground:
The Daddy is grim, looking at the three children flanking His wife.
I will talk to the Daddy.
Oh, will you? That’s nice. Hello!
He waves at them mockingly, his fake grin fading rapidly.
Our stratagem nears completion. The plan is almost ready. You will not intervene.
Oh, really? Why’s that then?
We have your wife. You will obey or she will be exterminated.
His wife, shaking, looks up at the Daddy on the screen.
Everyone else jerks their heads in his direction. His wife stares, mouth slightly open. What’s he doing?
(clearly not having anticipated this answer)
I said ‘no’.
What is the meaning of this negative?
It means ‘no’.
But she will be destroyed.
(standing in his passion)
No! ‘Cause this is what I’m gonna do – I’m gonna rescue her.
His wife listens, the pride evident in her eyes. The others glance at him in awe.
THE DADDY (CONT’D)
(true hero, fiery)
I’m gonna save your mommy from the middle of you children, and then I’m gonna save the Earth, and then just to finish off, I’m gonna wipe every last STINKING diaper out of the sky!
But you have no weapons! No defenses! No plan!
Yeah. And doesn’t that scare you to death? Sweetheart?
I’m coming to get you.
See… you can learn something from SciFi other than how to best survive the impending zombie apocalypse. 😉 I actually blogged about Doctor Who as a role model once before. So, what have you learned from the shows you watch? Doctor Who is my guilty TV pleasure. What’s yours?