It’s been Christmas. It’s the day that has extra meaning for Doctor Who fans, for the Doctor Who Christmas Special has aired. It’s a day we have come to both love and dread, for it’s the first time we’ve probably seen The Doctor in quite a long time, and it’s also sometimes the last time we see their favorite Doctor play the role. This time we all said our goodbyes to the Twelfth Doctor, played by 59-year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, and said hello to the first woman to play the role, Jodie Whittaker.
Capaldi had some amazingly reassuring words for his young, worried fan. “Regenerating is not completely good fun,” Capaldi wrote. “Even though it can be a little bit icky (like really bad flu) it has always, always turned out good for Dr. Who.” Here’s the whole letter below—and get your tissues ready.
“The new doctor always becomes your favourite 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.”
Sniff. We’re not crying. You’re crying.