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GMB viewers in tears as first CBeebies presenter with Down’s syndrome gets video message from Dr Who’s Jodie Whittaker

THE first CBeebies presenter with Down’s syndrome moved GMB viewers to tears over his reaction to a video message from Dr Who's Jodie Whittaker.

George Webster - a 20-year-old, from Leeds - is an actor, dancer and ambassador for the charity Mencap.

He appeared on the breakfast show today and revealed he's a Doctor Who superfan.

George was thrilled when host Susanna Reid said they had a "special message" for him.

Jodie said: "George my name is Jodie Whittaker. I play the doctor in Doctor Who. I'm currently in the Tardis.

"I have heard some very exciting news. Someone told me you're a Doctor Who fan and I'm so chuffed.

"I think you are absolutely smashing it on CBeebies and I'm so chuffed for you.

"I think you're doing a brilliant job.

George put his head in his hands, telling host: "I love that, thank you so much."

One viewer said: "So nice to have some joyous morning tv with George Webster - makes a nice start to the day for a change…"

Another emotional fan said: "Good on George! An inspiration to us all."

Someone else added: "George has just injected the first positivity into this programme today, good for him!."

George added: "I heard that she [Jodie's] leaving now....", as he hinted at interest in landing the top job.

Speaking about Down's Syndrome in a previous video, George said: "I call myself George because that's who I am. Not Down's George. People with Down's are not always happy... 

"People with Down's syndrome have emotions and feelings like every other person. Nor do they 'suffer' from the condition. I have an amazing life...

"It's been very positive. I loved going to school. I went to two local amazing schools. I had support at both schools, which helped me in my education. I got GCSEs and an A-level equivalent in BTec sport, level 3."

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