From the Doctor to My Son Thomas

Peter Capaldi recorded a video message to Thomas Goodall, an autistic nine-year-old boy in England. Capaldi filmed the 42-second video in character as the Twelfth Doctor from the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. Thomas’ father Ross Goodall posted the video to YouTube on 6 November 2014. The video had a positive effect on Thomas; his father said that the boy smiled for the first time since learning of his grandmother’s death.

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Summary From the Doctor to My Son ThomasPeter Capaldi recorded a video message to Thomas Goodall, an autistic nine-year-old boy in England. Capaldi filmed the 42-second video in character as the Twelfth Doctor from the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. Thomas’ father Ross Goodall posted the video to YouTube on 6 November 2014. The video had a positive effect on Thomas; his father said that the boy smiled for the first time since learning of his grandmother’s death, and gained the courage to go to her funeral. CNN reported that after its appearance on YouTube, the video was viewed over 200,000 times in its first 48 hours online. In less than a week later it had over 900,000 total views. BBC News observed that Capaldi’s message had become a viral video, and ITV News described response to the video as a global phenomenon. The Hollywood Reporter observed that as his character the Doctor, Capaldi was using his role to support mental health. CNN and MTV characterised the video similarly, as did Spanish and Dutch media. Peter Harness, writer of the episode ‘Kill the Moon’ said Capaldi’s video was his favourite highlight from ten years ofDoctor Who. The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph called the recording by Capaldi a touching video to a young child suffering from grief.

In an interview with The Guardian, Thomas felt encouraged to attend his grandmother’’s funeral with Capaldi. The family received the subsequent video message from Capaldi three weeks after the death of the child. He expresses his gratitude to Thomas for his letter, saying it had pleased him. He then speaks to Thomas about grief, mentioning the Doctor’s adventures with Clara Oswald and mentioning the negative events in their journeys through the universe and time. The Doctor tells Thomas that he is glad the child is supporting him in his adventures in his new role as the Doctor. He concludes the second video by wishing Thomas well and encourages the youth to be well and remain positive. The Scottish actor and film director was cast in 2013 as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC series. His casting was announced on 4 August 2013 in a special BBC programme hosted by Zoë Ball. He said that he had to seriously consider the increased visibility that would come with the part. Before taking the role he had been invited to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in 1995 before the production of the 1996 TV film, but did not go.