With every regeneration taking place on Doctor Who, fans get pretty anxious about the fact that their favorite Time Lord will leave the show and be replaced by a brand-new incarnation (aka a new actor) that will saunter in and get to travel through time and space on some new timey wimey adventures.
And if the process can sometimes be traumatic to a Time Lord (and his adult fans), imagine how the younger crowd feels about the prospect of losing their favorite Doctor.
Peter Capaldi recently wrote a touching, hand-written letter to 9-year-old fan David McGilloway who was dreading the upcoming regeneration process that changed Capaldi’s 12th Doctor into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th incarnation this Christmas day.
The letter was shared earlier today via Twitter by David’s dad, DS Lucy Black and Inspector Devlin mysteries author Brian McGilloway, where Capaldi wished young David a Merry Christmas and tried to assuage the young boy’s fears about a new Doctor coming in. Prepare a bunch of tissues.
“Regeneration is not completely good fun,” Capaldi wrote. “And it usually happens about Xmas time. But you know what? Even though it can be a little bit icky (like really bad flu) it has always, always turned out good for Dr. Who. The new Doctor always becomes your favorite and the one that goes… well, he never really goes, he is always there, somewhere in time and space. And if you think about him hard enough you’ll see him, and he’ll see you.”
Nope. We're not crying. You're crying. What do you think of Capaldi's touching letter to his young fan?