Doctor Who fans share encouragement and art on Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday

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Trending as number one in the UK on Twitter, the communal #TheUltimateGinger watch of the Doctor Who Series 5 episode Vincent and the Doctor inspired fans all around the world and helped them feel less isolated while striving to stop the spread of a global pandemic.

Ahead of the tweet-along, fans shared their artwork and inspirational messages for the event organizer, Doctor Who Magazine’s Emily Cook to put on a special video, which appeared on YouTube after the watch-along.

Mat Smith, Karen Gillan, Tony Curran, Bill Nighy, screenwriter Richard Curtis and script editor Emma Freud participated in the live tweets. Here are some of the highlights:

As fans struggle with isolation from social distancing, the emphasis this time is on mental health, as van Gogh himself struggled with mental illness and ultimately took his own life at the age of 37.

The Doctor, via screenwriter Richard Curtis, put it this way in Vincent and the Doctor:

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Hey. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things. And, if you look carefully, maybe we did indeed make a couple of little changes.”

Hopefully the group watch and sharing added to your pile of good things. If you’re struggling, talking helps. Call someone you trust. There are also some helplines you can contact for support such as these in the UK and the USA.

The next Doctor Who watch-along will be of the eleventh Doctor’s first episode, The Eleventh Hour on Friday, April 3, the tenth anniversary of Matt Smith’s Doctor’s world premiere. Begin watching at 7:00 p.m. BST and use the hashtag #FishCustard.