‘Doctor Who’ stars surprise young ill fan

Published 3:58 AM EST, Tue December 15, 2015

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Teenage "Doctor Who" fan in the hospital could not attend Doctor Who Festival

The current Doctor visited him; show's past Doctors sent messages

(CNN) —  

Like the late Daniel Fleetwood who had the opportunity to see the new “Star Wars” early, a young, hospitalized fan of “Doctor Who” just wanted to attend a convention for the show.

When the “Doctor Who” community on social media heard about 14-year-old Daniel – who suffers from two conditions: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Postural tachycardia syndrome – they swung into action with the hashtag #drwhodaniel, to get the word out to the people with the sci-fi series about the situation.

The hope was that perhaps Daniel might even get to meet the Doctor.

Last Tuesday, that’s exactly what happened: Peter Capaldi, the current star of “Doctor Who” showed up in Daniel’s hospital room in character as the Doctor.

If that wasn’t enough, Steven Moffat, the show’s executive producer sent a special message to Daniel, revealing that previous “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith had been to visit him.

On Monday, Christopher Eccleston, who portrayed the Doctor in 2005 joined in. This was especially unusual as Eccleston has not returned to the role or been involved with the show since departing it.

This is just the latest example of TV and film heroes visiting sick children. Earlier this year, Chris Evans and Chris Pratt visited children’s hospitals in costume as Captain America and “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Star-Lord.