My girls meet Peter Capaldi ( little Dalek )


Peter capaldi and Jenna Coleman talking to myself and my two daughters. My youngest has autism and when matt smith said he was leaving she was worried, because she goes on adventures with doctor who and Clara and she was worried that the new doctor ( Peter ) would not like her and wouldn’t want to join in her games.

So on our holiday to Cardiff we fell onto pot luck. We had gone for our lunch at eddies diner and came out to find that doctor who was being filmed. We had a chat with the crew and Jenna and Samuel had photos done with the girls. We were told Peter was not coming down for filming. After telling the crew about roxi and her games with dr who ( Matt ) and the worry she has about Peter. We were told to come back the next day.

So we went back chatted with more crew who told us to come back later when they had built the tardis. My daughters were so giddy Bernadette my eldest wore her tardis dress and Roxann my youngest wore her dalek outfit. We went for dinner as the crew didn’t want us waiting in the cold. Bernadette ate her dinner so fast and ran back down to watch them film. We arrived 10mins later and were allowed to sit at the side of the set while Jenna did her take. While we where watching Bernadette sent me a message of her with peter, I was so proud of her that she had done that on her own as she is so scared and timid. Kudos to Bernadette.
One of the crew waved us down but as we got there Peter was needed for a rehearsal. So we were then sat back on the bench to wait.
As we sat there a lovely member of crew said not to long now just sorting it. Next thing a man walks over to us and says to Roxann hello what’s your name, she didn’t answer so I did he then asked how old she was and she whispered 5. He said well im the director and would you like to come with me. We followed him and he called Peter over. Peter and Jenna where lovely and so understanding. Even though Roxann wouldn’t look at them or talk…which is due to her autism. She took everything in that was being said to her by peter. We spent about 10mins with them and I can not express how over joyed and thankful I am to the crew for making both my daughters dreams come true.

I was then shock to get a text from my sister to say that Roxann and Bernadette’s meeting with Peter capaldi was trending over the internet. So this is the reason for me doing this blog so you all know nothing was planed it was sheer luck on our doctor who hoilday to Cardiff which I’d been saving and saving for.

Thank you for taking the time to read this
Adama, Bernadette & Roxann








110 thoughts on “My girls meet Peter Capaldi ( little Dalek )

  1. Reblogged this on Z is for Zener and commented:
    I love this story so much. I adore Doctor Who, as does my son. My son, while not autistic, does present with sensory problems which make things difficult for him at school and in socializing with other kids. But this little girl found warmth and generosity with the actors and crew of a TV show. We could all take a page out of Peter Capaldi’s and Jenna Coleman’s and the crew’s book and act towards each other with kindness and compassion, and make this world a place that’s safe for everyone’s dreams.

    • Thank you so much. At one point we had nothing but negative comments when out and about. I like to get awareness out for not only autism but anyone who is “different” or struggle with day to day life. We are all human and we should treat everyone the same way we want to be treated in life. My eldest really struggles but I love watching her play with roxi in her adventures with doctor who. I can not express enough how lovely and caring all the doctor who team are and what lovely people the cast are. 🙂 x

      • I look forward to reading more about your journey 🙂 I don’t know if you’ve come across this website, but I’ve found it helpful, and I hope it can be helpful for you.
        There’s an excellent resources page with listings of books and movies and online resources.
        I know what it can be like to be in public with a kid who is “different” and how isolating that can be. I hope that your story gets “out there” to touch more people’s hearts so that folks can treat a little girl with the compassion she deserves.

      • This is a beautiful story! You’re comment really pulled on my heartstrings, and I just wanted to say. My brother has severe autism, and when I was younger I got so embarrassed by comments people made. Nowadays I realise that he doesn’t care in the slightest, so why should we!! Your daughter is very lucky to have a family that would care enough to go to this trouble to save up and do this for her, and that is all that matters! I wish her good luck on all her Dr Who adventures!

        I also hope the BBC know what they’ve let themselves in for, I hope the next doctors are just as obliging! (perhaps she can help choose the next one?)

      • I promise making you cry was not what I intended!
        You’ve really made me realise how lucky I was to have such strong parents, parent who were prepared to dismiss the stares, so much so I would really like to write my own article about it, in the hopes that it would free people from being trapped inside by embarrassment…but I am right in the middle of writing my dissertation! If I do i shall link to this article though, because as horrible as people can be, its amazing how nice people can be too!

      • Just want to say that |I found myself incredibly choked up by this post. I am fortunate to not have any disabilities personally or in my family but I found myself relating so much to your daughter’s concern about the new Doctor. As a boy in America, I would watch Tom Baker’s Doctor on the Chicago PBS station every weekend. The Doctor became a kind of alternative father figure to me, since my own father was prone to cruelty and abuse. In the character of The Doctor I found a man who would encourage me in my endeavors and be kind and fun. I recall being quite distressed with I learned that Baker’s Doctor was going to die and be replaced by a new actor. I couldn’t even allow myself to watch the show for awhile. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me but it really felt for a long time that I had lost a friend. I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been if I had been struggling with somethig like autism as well. To have Capaldi and friends reach out like that is amazing and reading about it brought to surface a lot of buried memories and feelings from when I was a very scared and lost child. To have something like that happen to me would have been so reassuring at a vulnerable time. I am so pleased for you family.

    • The thing about being the Doctor is that it’s not just a part or a job – it’s unique in the fact that it’s almost like an office you hold, like Prime Minister or President. Matt Smith knew how powerful that was and was always mindful of that (as he said, “You wouldn’t want to meet Doctor Who and have it be rubbish, would you?”). I’m glad that Peter Capaldi realizes that as well. Once an actor becomes the Doctor, it’s almost like he’s been sprinkled with fairy dust or something.

  2. Lovely heartwarming story. I hope your daughter has a blast with her adventures with her new doctor. Great photos too.x

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  4. So lovely, thank you for posting this! Both of my kids have autism, and sometimes other people don’t react all that well, as I’m sure you know. Seeing the kindness and generosity of everyone involved is heartwarming!

  5. Hi there,I probably shared that story with your sis. I myself suffer from Asprenger and loved Doctor Who. It makes me happy that your daughter have a wonderful experience and makes me glad that I am the Whovian community. Indeed Doctor Who surpassed all cultures and disabilities with the story of hope.

  6. I too have autism, and I am happy to be a ‘life mentor’ for Roxi. If you’d like any help in tackling any problems that might come your way, or Roxi’s way, I have 36 years of the condition to fall back on and have developed many a coping strategy or two. I am writing a short fan fiction story (as you might have seen on Twitter) where my character, the Timelord’s first autistic assistant copes with the very change that concerned Roxi the most – the regeneration of Smith into Capaldi. I would love to make yourself and Roxi the first recipients of the story once it’s completed!

  7. Thank you so much for writing this. I found the story and the video on Facebook. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan and am on the spectrum, and even though I’m 40 I think I’d just die if this were me! My son is profoundly autistic but not a fan, unfortunately).

    I spend a lot of my time campaigning for autism awareness – also epilepsy awareness as it is quite prevalent in my family. It’s always good to find others who are doing the same 🙂

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  9. Am thinking that Peter Capaldi is now my new favourite Doctor 🙂
    Aw, I was going to write more but frankly I’m all choked up. Two of my kids are autistic and I can only imagine how happy I would be for them if someone went out of their way to make their day.

  10. My grandson is autistic. He and I are Doctor Who fans. I am in tears. Peter Capaldi, you have just won my heart. ❤

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  12. Reblogged this on JD's Blog and commented:
    Having worked with many kids who are Autistic over the years it’s great to see the time and effort the cast and crew of Doctor Who made with Roxann. Just taking that moment, having patience to engage can make a huge difference and I’ve been lucky as a teacher to have had great pupils who would do that with each other. It makes such a difference to those on the Autistic spectrum to be given that sense of belonging and for Peter to explain it in such an unpatronising way was great to see.
    As a Whovian it also ticks the boxes and puts Peter Capaldi in even higher esteem for me.

  13. Hello,

    This is a fantastic piece, I have shared it on our page ‘Autism All Stars in Kent’ on Facebook, we love to hear pieces like this, it’s heartwarming and what our charity is all about, good luck!!

  14. this is awesome. I love how the actors took the time to reinforce to the little girl that it was OK for her to go on HER journeys with the Doctor by by letting her meet the new one so they could play together. This is what, in my opinion, this series stands for, the ability to fly any were and do any thing with the Doctor. am so happy that you and your family got to experience this as I know your daughter will cherish these memories for many years to come.

  15. Hopefully anyone who was once a child can still imagine how magical it would be to see the people from the screen in the flesh and to be treated with warmth and kindness. Best wishes to your family, and thank you for sharing such a cheering story.

  16. What a wonderful story! Proof positive that a little caring and kindness can mean a lot. Wishing you all the best for Roxi and the rest of your family.

    Also, I am from the U.S. and a friend runs Project Chance which trains service dogs to work with autistic children and their families. I’m wondering if there is a similar program in the U.K.? They have great success here.

    Again, many best wishes from across the Pond (see what I did there? – that’s for Roxi)


    • Hi yes we have a charity called paws and I think there are someother. But not to sure.

      We bought a gsd and are training him ourselves on helping roxi.

      Thank you all for your kind words. Am finding it hard to keep up with you all to say thank you 🙂

  17. As a DOCTOR WHO fan and, most importantly, a mother to a child with autism I am moved by your story genuinly. Thank you for sharing it! PS: I think Peter Capaldi will make a wonderful imaginary playmate for Roxi.

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  19. I now know why I have been a Doctor Who fan for 50 years – wonderful people, every one of them. So pleased to see that something good has been reported. Thanks to all the crew who made this happen. I hope Roxi will invite me on an adventure with her and Peter someday.

  20. My son Oliver has previously commented. I am so glad you have found someone that is understanding enough to make the effort to make your daughter’s day better!
    My son with autism is 20, unfortunately he is profoundly autistic with very little language. He lives in a fantastic community called Stanley Grange. we are currently fighting to keep this amazing place open.
    Hft ( the charity that has just taken over is planning to shut it.

    The reason: the “professionals” think that the 40+ adults with learning disabilities,some of whom have lived there for 30 years would be “better” in houses in the community.

    The families and friends know that the community needs to be developed but why not improve what is there….rather than shut it down and sell the site?

    please can you follow us @StanleyGrange and. @SpeakOutForMe retweet and help us get the charity to reconsider.

    I hope you and your daughter continue to find those amazing people that are prepared to go that extra mile.

    Best wishes x

  21. It’s heart warming when celebrities keep their feet on the ground when meeting Joe Public and not climb into a chauffer driven car ignoring them.

    I was diagnosed with Asperger’s just before my 40th birthday. It’s so hard to for “normal” human beings to recognise this invisible disability. I haven’t yet told “my” Doctor, Christopher Eccleston that I have this, however, like Capaldi I hope he treats me no different from the occasions I’ve met him in the last decade I’ve met him.

    I dress up as a Silurian as part of a Doctor Who fundraising group and one of our chosen charities will be the National Autistic Society in 2014.

    • Me and my eldest daughter do fun runs for them two. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your story with me. And that goes to everyone who is commenting.
      Once again am sorry I can’t reply to you all individually but trust me am reading all comments when I can and replying.

      With all your kind words you have given me the courage to speak out about my life and will be blogging lots more. Again thank you everyone.

  22. What a way to make fans! Kudos to Peter and company, and good for you Mom, going out of your way for your girls! Awesome!!!

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  25. Reblogged this on Maius Intra Qua Extra and commented:
    This is just beautiful. If you haven’t heard about this elsewhere (the story is going viral), the little girl loved Matt Smith and played that she and the Doctor would go on adventures, and was afraid that Peter Capaldi wouldn’t like her and wouldn’t be her friend. Mr. Capaldi took time out to meet with her. He showed her a picture of himself, Mr. Smith, and Ms. Coleman, and said that they were ok with him being the Doctor, and he hoped she (the little girl) would be ok with it, too.

    It’s so wonderful to see them – the whole Doctor Who team – taking time to meet with and help their fans, especially the children.

  26. I’m mildly autistic, and despite being an adult, I can very much relate to your daughter’s trepidation about the Doctor changing. Every time it feels like losing a close friend, and Matt Smith was particularly special, so it was a worry when he said he was leaving. I was nearly crying watching the video of Mr Capaldi talking to your daughter, because not every actor realises how much a small act of kindness can mean. When I was much younger I had my innocent joy at meeting one of my heroes (from a different sci-fi series) smashed apart by the actor being a complete arse to me and other fans at a convention. Such a brief meeting can break your heart or be something you remember for the rest of your life, and Mr Capaldi, Ms Coleman and the rest of the crew at Doctor Who that day absolutely got things right. Regardless of how the new series opens, the new Doctor has already started in the best way possible, and it isn’t just your daughter’s fears that have been reassured. Thank you for sharing your story.

  27. Oh, what a lovely story!

    I’ve loved sf&f all my life and I’m autistic. I’m having SUCH an attack of the happyweeps right now at how lovely the crew, Peter, and Jenna were. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and kudos to both your girls and you!

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