What Does it Take to Be a Doctor?


Since the show first debuted in 1963, fans have seen 14 different iterations of the Doctor; 16, if you include John Hurt’s War Doctor and Jodie Whittaker’s upcoming stint. Each actor brought something different to the role, but some have made a bigger impact than others. The latest addition to the TARDIS crew, Ncuti Gatwa – who is perhaps best known for his role in Netflix’s Sex Education as Eric Effiong – will have big shoes to fill come November when he becomes the 14th Doctor.

While he wasn’t as beloved as some of his predecessors, Gatwa is set to be a welcome addition to the gang, thanks to his lovable charm and ability to take on some of the more serious storylines that have become synonymous with the show over the years.

However, there are a lot of things that have to go right for someone to make an impression on the viewer as the new face of Doctor. Aside from their medical skills, they need to be able to communicate with patients in a way that they understand. This involves articulating complex medical concepts in a clear and understandable manner, explaining potential risks and anticipated outcomes of treatment options.

Doctors also need to be able to assess and interpret patient data to make informed clinical decisions. This is particularly important in a fast-paced medical environment where patients are often stressed or anxious. Finally, doctors should be able to manage and coordinate care with other healthcare professionals to ensure optimal outcomes for their patients.

Aside from their direct patient care responsibilities, Doctors are expected to keep up with advancements in the field of medicine. This includes reading medical journals, attending conferences and seminars, and participating in peer review activities to stay current on emerging trends and practices in their specialty. Some Doctors also conduct medical research, helping to improve and advance human health.

With so many qualifications to meet, it’s no wonder that some people have a hard time seeing themselves as Doctors. But if you think that this could be the career for you, it’s well worth talking to your doctor or pre-health advisor about what you need to make it happen.

Following the first Doctor was always going to be a tough task, but William Hartnell did a good job of introducing the world to the iconic character and starting the show off on the right foot. His serious demeanor may seem a little off-putting in comparison to the zany antics of other Doctors, but his role was still integral in the development of the show.