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Anguish turns to joy for sick young Time Lord fan forced to miss convention as star Capaldi appears at his hospital bedside and jokes...


AS DOCTOR Who, he's become a master at materialising in unexpected places. And Scots actor Peter Capaldi certainly caught teenager Daniel Norton by surprise last week - when he suddenly appeared beside his hospital bed.

Capaldi, 57, decided to make the unannounced call on Daniel when he read on social media that the ardent Time Lord fan had been forced to cancel a visit to London's Doctor Who Festival after being rushed to hospital in London. In Doctor Who character and costume, Capaldi walked up to Daniel's bed in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, and calmly declared: 'I understand you need a Doctor.'

Once Daniel, 14, had recovered from the shock, the pair spent two hours chatting. 'I could not believe it,' Daniel said. 'We had a lot to talk about.' Daniel suffers from the genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects the body's connective tissue. He suffers from heart trouble and intestinal failure which means he cannot eat and has to be constantly connected to a drip. He was rushed to hospital after his condition flared up. Daniel's mother, Tracey, said: 'I was so sorry for him when he couldn't go to the festival - he was in tears. But you should have seen his face when Peter walked in. I cried with joy.'


Caption: SURPRISE: Peter visits Daniel in hospital and, far right, poses with the youngster

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  • APA 6th ed.: Barnett, David (2015-12-13). I understand that you need to see a Doctor!. The Mail on Sunday p. 57.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Barnett, David. "I understand that you need to see a Doctor!." The Mail on Sunday [add city] 2015-12-13, 57. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Barnett, David. "I understand that you need to see a Doctor!." The Mail on Sunday, edition, sec., 2015-12-13
  • Turabian: Barnett, David. "I understand that you need to see a Doctor!." The Mail on Sunday, 2015-12-13, section, 57 edition.
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