I know I seem to talk about Doctor Who a lot today, but hear me out for this bit…
I love how the Doctor treats kids. He treats them as equals, never talks down at them, because he knows how very perceptive they can be.
Like in “The Empty Child”, the way the Ninth Doctor carries on a conversation with the orphans about the strange goings-on. He speaks to them at their level and not once does he patronize them; he’s relying on them for any kind of help/information. That scene is one of my favorites and I do think it ended too soon.
In “The Idiot’s Lantern”, a young boy’s grandmother is a victim of an alien attack, and the boy knows the Tenth Doctor can help, but he is shut up by his father, who keeps calling him stupid, telling him he knows nothing. But the Doctor realizes the boy knows more, and later makes it a point to hear it out from the boy himself without any interruptions.
Now the Eleventh Doctor, in his very first appearance, “The Eleventh Hour”, who does he meet first? All of time and space (I love this phrase), and he meets a little girl named Amelia Pond. And when she talks about the crack in her wall, he doesn’t make light of her fears; he takes her seriously (well, of course he’s the Doctor, he’s gonna investigate anomalies in odd places, but that’s beside the point). And my two most favorites things this encounter is the way he likes her name (“it’s like a fairy tale”) and the part when he holds her hand in front of the crack in the wall.
There’s probably more examples of what I’m talking about, but these are the ones I remember most. Any time there’s a kid involved, I get excited for their interactions with the Doctor, because I know he’s gonna listen to them and take them seriously because they may help him save the day. I always lament when their interactions are over; they’re so precious.
I try to treat young children this way myself, because I know I was a kid once, and it feels great to have an adult, a superior, so to speak, take you seriously and value what you have to say. Which is probably why I love it when the Doctor treats any child as such.