It's always tough to lose someone close to you, but it's particularly hard when you're young and you lose someone for the first time. Following the death of his grandmother in early October, 9-year-old Thomas Goodall, a devout Whovian with autism, had a particularly difficult few weeks.
But things started to look up early this week when Thomas received a super-sweet video message from the Doctor himself (Peter Capaldi).
According to CNN, Thomas' dad, Ross, "reached out to Capaldi through his agent and explained that Thomas was having a hard time dealing with the death of his grandmother." And like any good doctor, Capaldi took to helping Thomas with the healing process.
In the short but sweet video, Capaldi relates to Thomas by saying how difficult it is to travel around time and space when bad things happen, but assures Thomas that he and Clara are on his side and then implores Thomas to look after himself, "take care and be happy."
Ross Goodall told CNN that when Thomas saw the video, he smiled for the first time since his grandmother passed away.
"I think it probably meant everything to him… I think it gave him the emotional support that we as parents couldn't," Ross said.
After watching the video for ourselves and seeing Capaldi's gentle response to his No. 1 little fan, we are firmly entrenched in the Team Capaldi camp. We're always buoyed by celebrities who use their fame to bring a smile to the faces of those who are having a tough time, but there's something about Capaldi's approach that really tugs at our heartstrings. As he says, it's nice to know there's someone out there who's on our side.
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