Anyone who might still be wondering if DOCTOR WHO is in the right hands for series eight can breathe a sigh of relief, because 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi has just demonstrated that he is worthy of the mantle by reassuring a young fan worried about the changeover.
On location, Peter was introduced to a young autistic girl in a Dalek costume who was concerned about losing Matt Smith. Peter gently explained that Matt (and Jenna Coleman) had endorsed him, and put the little girl at ease:
“Matt was really nice to me, as Jenna was, too. They were both very welcoming to me when I came into the TARDIS. Matt said to me to look after DOCTOR WHO, and he gave me his watch and he said that in his own way he was happy that it was me that was coming in. So I will do my very best to be as much fun and as friendly as he is… I will be different. [Matt and Jenna] say it’s OK for me to be the Doctor. I hope that you think it would be OK for me to be the Doctor, too… I might be a bit noisy at first!”
Here is a video of the encounter. It’s not the best quality, but you can see it is Peter in costume, taking a break from filming:
I never doubted that Peter Capaldi is the right man for the job, but even I was enchanted to see him embracing the littlest members of fandom. And this story has helped restore a modicum of my faith in humanity. We adult fans sometimes forget how important the Doctor is to children, so this is a timely reminder.