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Capaldi: Matt Smith told me to look after Doctor Who

smith-capaldiIn-between recent filming of Series 8 Peter Capaldi was introduced to a young autistic girl and he moved to reassure her about him taking over as the Doctor. He tells of how Matt Smith handed over the keys of the TARDIS and gave him the all clear.

He said: “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.”

After showing a picture of Matt and Jenna he adds: “So they 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!”

See the video below:

And a pic of the young fan in question:

Step back in time...

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91 comments
JailBanksters
JailBanksters

Nice Touch

But why is it when matty does it, it just makes your all teary.



EricFiskCGD
EricFiskCGD

Since I can't be "The Doctor" I'm glad he is instead. 

HeatherHallett
HeatherHallett

That makes me look forward to seeing him as the Doctor even more.

DW_girl
DW_girl

I'm really looking forward to Peter. I think he'll be dark but will be very lovable at heart.

Polyphase
Polyphase

So I will do my very best to be as much fun and as friendly as he is… I will be different.

I am so looking forward to this, He will do a stellar job :)

James Whale
James Whale

I think this is some good PR. Moffat's initial stance was that Capaldi's Doctor would be a "snarling beast" and "difficult" - I think he now realises that this was a bit strong, and would alienate a lot of fans - particularly children who've grown up with and loved Matt Smith. This is a welcome indication of the inevitable move away from a challenging Doctor toward a slightly more palatable one. That said, I have no doubt that Capaldi will bring new edge and abrasiveness to the role - just that it won't be as pronounced as Moffat et al first desired.

Special Weapons Dalek
Special Weapons Dalek

I have not seen ONE negative comment on Capaldi, I am sure he will be a great Doctor! everyone is saying he is going to be brilliant and I cannot help but agree.

Grizzlybread
Grizzlybread

Oh, that is so sweet of him. Lovely man he must be. To reassure even the youngest of fans, one who is autistic; just talking with her, because she matters as well.

tbuxton42
tbuxton42

Just to say, I've given pretty much this comments thread in its entirety a read through, and it's so inspiring to see a lot of those people who follow Doctor Who TV and who are autistic discussing their thoughts on Capaldi's lovely reassurance and their experiences with the show and its regeneration process on here. There's far too much negativity directed towards Doctor Who on some regions of the internet, so it's truly uplifting to see such positive accounts of the show's influence on people's lives in this thread. Hope everyone is well, and for goodness sake, keep doing what you're doing, because you're making the internet a better place for everyone involved. :)

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Now, if I see one negative comment about Capaldi in the role, I swear to God....

Pockydon
Pockydon

Wow, what a lovely man. And it's so obvious that he's a fan, as he's clearly been through the exact same ordeal of losing his first Doctor, so in a way he's reassuring is inner young-whatever year old that it's all gonna be alright. That's my view, anyway. XD

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

What is so heartening is how welcoming most people are about Peter. The hatedful bile directed at Matt when he took over was disgusting. I am glad that most of those so-called fans have left fandom and left it to those who like Who.

JFrance
JFrance

He is such a nice man, Peter Capaldi is gonna be a great Doctor like Matt Smith was.   

The Finn
The Finn

That is so nice! It's interesting to think that everybody who has ever worked on the show has been, in essence, a custodian to the show – be it Bill Hartnell and Verity Lambert or Steven Moffat and Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Who is so lucky to have another wonderful ambassador for the show after Matt. Matt is akways described as the nicest man in showbiz and Moffat and many others have described how much he has contributed to the great atmosphere on set, how willing he has been to devote his precious spare time from the exhausting work schedule to fans, and guest stars have gushed about his talent and kindness. That little gesture to Peter to welcome him to the Who family seems typical.

Peter is confirming his own reputation as a lovely man. It's heartening to read about these two when many so-called TV celebrities seem so self-important and shallow. And can I put a word in for Colin Baker - lovely lovely genuine man. So there you go, three fabulous kind actors and two fabulous doctors and one who is shaping up to be one.

loug
loug

To paraphrase a quote, "Splendid fellows - all of him." 



Peter Capaldi is showing exactly what the doctor is all about.










DC815
DC815

Such a gracious man. The pair of them are!

The8thDoctor
The8thDoctor

lovely little vid,  I would love to see the pic PC showed the little girl,  MS,  PC and Jenna together.

JolomontheCube
JolomontheCube

That's two doctors now who was nice to fans in need. Being autistic myself I found this very touching since I can't always cope with change (this change was good, I like Capaldi)

Kylephantom4
Kylephantom4

Thats sweet, i myself am 19 and autistic, and this probably the sweetest things ive ever heard, but capaldi already convinced me that hes the doctor

WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT
WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT

doctor who actors a always the best, just a view days ago matt smith sent this  boy a video message, now this. I hope future actors a so caring tpo


Agonslayer
Agonslayer

The role is in very capable, and kind hands.

The Administrator
The Administrator

As someone with Autism (High Functioning), this really touches me. Peter is already well on his way to becoming my favourite Doctor.

supermoff
supermoff

"He'll be absolutely fine"


"No, he won't. He will be amazing"

Moxx
Moxx

What an absolute natural! It's so wonderful that the Doctor's legacy prevails in his actors even when not in front of the camera. Marvellous that the new generation of Doctor Who fans tuning in this Autumn will have such a superb hero that they will cherish forever. Well done, Mr Capaldi!

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

Hey, Capaldi! I'm autistic too! Come cheer me up too!

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

What a gentlemen :) He is such an amazing man. He was born to be The Doctor and I think some of that Doctor personality is in his blood because he is such a loving person :) What a lovely bloke :)

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

I hope to see him project a similar grandfatherly feeling in the role as well. :)