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First Lady Michelle Obama to appear in Doc McStuffins

CALL THE DOCTOR: First Lady Michelle Obama with Doc McStuffins

FIRST LADY of the United States Michelle Obama has teamed up with Disney for a special episode of children's animated series Doc McStuffins.

In the episode, the cartoon Obama invites Doc and other children who are making a difference in their communities to the White House to be honoured.

Obama then appoints Doc, a six-year-old girl who heals stuffed animals and broken playthings, the official White House “toy doctor”.

The episode featuring Obama airs October 5, to coincide with Child Health Day in the United States.

It’s not the first time Obama has teamed up with the popular series. Last year, she hosted military families at the White House for a Veterans Day episode of the show.

Doc McStuffins has made waves worldwide since the show first hit TV screens in 2012.

Inspired by her mother, a real life doctor, Doc runs her own clinic – a playhouse in her back garden – where she helps toys in need.

Whether it's replacing a stuffed toy's missing nose, healing a doll's broken leg or curing a toy dinosaur's bad breath, there's no toy problem too big for this dedicated doctor. 

The concept proved to be a hit, with the US show earning a legion of young British fans – subsequently making it one of Disney Junior UK’s most successful series premieres.

Successfully addressing the issue of racial diversity in animation, Doc has found favour amongst many black parents, who are thrilled their young children have a positive TV role model.

Last year, the show's creator, Chris Nee, told The Voice: “The idea that she should be black was Disney’s idea, which they brought to me."

"But discussing that was about a 10-minute conversation. At the time we spoke, I presented the show to them without artwork so there was no image of what she’d look like."

“They said they’d been looking for a character to bring diversity, I said I thought that was a great idea and that was kind of the end of the conversation," explained Nee, whose credits include the children’s animation Little Bill and the hit pre-school show Sesame Street."

"It wasn’t a long or difficult decision to make.”

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