I wrote recently about why I felt that the world needed the Doctor and at the end of the day, I argued that the reason we need him is because of hope.
A commenter made an astute point that fiction rarely has the power to impact change in the real world, and to a degree, I would concede that there is some truth to that argument. Occasionally, however, there are bright and blessed moments when fiction and reality intersect, and the result is brilliant.
Former Doctor Matt Smith recently brought a measure of hope to four year old fan, Jack Robinson, in the form of a personal video message. Robinson has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The video featured Smith singing a bit of the Doctor Who theme, as well as promising to send “goodies” and make a visit to him when he returns to the UK. According to his father, Terry, the Time Lord’s gift made a big impact on Jack:
Jack was over the moon…Jack had gone to sleep, but we woke him up to show him the message. His eye lit up and he was so delighted. It has made his day.
There is no disputing that this was an incredibly classy move on Matt Smith’s part, and just part of the reason he was so immensely popular as the Doctor. We, here at Kasterborous, wish Jack the best as he continues to face his illness.
(Also, apologies for the advert on the video above; it’s not ours…)
(Via Portsmouth News)