By Clark Collis
February 08, 2019 at 02:25 PM EST

Is there anything Time Lords can’t do? Democrat Stacey Abrams received widespread acclaim for her televised response to Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night and it turns out she calmed herself by watching several episodes of Doctor Who prior to going in front of the camera.

“I watched about three episodes of Doctor Who and just kind of chilled out,” Abrams told the hosts of Buzzfeed’s AM to DM show, detailing her pre-speech prep.

Pressed to elaborate on which era of Doctor Who she was watching, Abrams said, “So, I’m catching up. I started watching the new iteration of Doctor Who probably about a year ago, so I’ve watched the last season of Peter Capaldi and all of the new. But I had to go all the way back, because over New Year’s they did a Doctor Who marathon on BBC, so I’m now up to Season 8, so I just watched the end of Matt Smith and the oncoming of Peter Capaldi.”

Abrams later clarified her position on which is her favorite Doctor via Twitter, while also establishing her old school Doctor Who credentials.

“I’ve liked all of the newest regenerations since its return (some more than others), but Tom Baker remains the one Doctor to rule them all,” she wrote.

Baker played the so-called Fourth Doctor on the time travel show in the ’70s, later returning to make a cameo appearance in the show’s 50th-anniversary episode in 2013.

Watch Abrams’ appearance on AM to DM above.

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