Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has cemented his ‘top bloke’ status by sending a touching video to help a nine-year-old boy with autism cope with the death of his grandma.
Thomas had been having a hard time processing the death of his grandmother. Capaldi’s video — recorded after he received a letter from the boy — has helped Thomas cope, according to his father.
“Thomas is autistic; he doesn’t feel emotions the same way the rest of us to,” said Thomas’ father, Ross Goodall, “so this has been incredibly hard for him.”
Capaldi speaks directly into the camera in the video, staying in character as The Doctor.
“Thank you very much for your letter,” he says. “I really enjoyed getting it. Because you see, when Clara and I are travelling around in time and space, sometimes bad things happen to us. And you know what, Thomas? Sometimes sad things happen to us, too.
“So it’s nice to know that there’s somebody like you out there who’s on our side. And you should know that we’re on your side, too. So you look after yourself, and take care, and be happy.”
Goodall said his son smiled for the first time since his grandma’s death when he saw the video.
“The way that Peter mentions the bereavement without actually mentioning it is very, very clever. He took the message to mean he can be happy after what’s happened. It was almost like a light switch. It’s made such a difference to Thomas. He can go into lockdown… but all that subsided the minute he sat down and watched that video.”
Goodall says he did not originally intend the private video message to go viral (it has been viewed over 500,000 times), and only posted it online so his relatives could see it.