Peter Capaldi has written a touching letter to a young Doctor Who fan after learning that the boy was upset about the Twelfth Doctor regenerating in this year’s Christmas Special, “Twice Upon A Time.” Capaldi’s final episode saw both his Doctor and the First (played here by David Bradley) refusing to regenerate as they joined forces to return a stray World Word I soldier to his own timeline and solve the mystery surrounding a strange glass robot. Of course, the finale of the adventure eventually saw Capaldi resign himself to one more lifetime, as he regenerated into the Thirteenth Doctor, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.
Among all of the Daleks, bushy eyebrows and running down corridors, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Doctor Who is, and always has been, essentially a show for kids and some youngsters made the sad discovery this Christmas that their Doctor will no longer be at the helm of the TARDIS.
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Such was the case with nine year-old Doctor Who fan, David. Happily, the boy’s father got in touch with Capaldi himself and the actor was kind enough to write a very special and touching letter to David and his family, reassuring the youngster that no Doctor ever really goes away (via Brian McGilloway’s Twitter). Capaldi concluded his note with a quote from the Doctor himself: “Everything ends and it’s always sad. But everything begins again, and that’s always happy.” Strangely, he also compared regeneration to having really bad flu. In addition to David’s letter, Capaldi also included a note to older brother Tom and a signed picture of the Twelfth Doctor.
#PeterCapaldi is my 9 year old son’s fav #DoctorWho and he was dreading his regeneration. And then he got this letter with some words of comfort from the Doctor himself among his Santa presents. Such a kind man. pic.twitter.com/Dki37Wt6Er
— Brian McGilloway (@BrianMcGilloway) December 27, 2017
While the package would have been a wonderful late Christmas present for any Doctor Who fan, it surely meant the world to young David, as the show heads into a brand new era with incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall taking the reins and Jodie Whittaker center stage as the first female to ever portray the iconic Time Lord.
As for the outgoing Capaldi, the letter is yet another example of the class and kindness shown by the actor during his tenure on Doctor Who. Since taking over from Matt Smith four years ago, numerous reports have emerged telling tales of Capaldi going above and beyond the call of duty to please younger fans, while his eccentric and engaging performances on screen have endeared him to Who‘s older generation of viewers. Capaldi’s time as the Doctor may have included some ups and downs in terms of episode quality – although very few would suggest that the actor himself was at fault – but acts such as this ensure that the Twelfth Doctor leaves his post on a positive note.
Doctor Who returns Fall 2018 on BBC and BBC America.
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Source: Brian McGilloway