Comic-Con 2011 NotesDoctor Who' Comes to Comic-Con 2011 (Plus New Trailer)
By Michelle Kung, Wall Street Journal
's 'Speakeasy' Blog - July 24th, 2011
Dedicated Doctor Who fans flooded Hall H at Comic-Con Sunday morning to watch actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, plus executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis, talk about the sci-fi series. In addition to rehashing old stories, the panel also previewed clips from the upcoming season, which returns Aug. 26 on BBC America. Among the highlights:
(Watch the trailer at the bottom of the post; CLICK LINK)
Writer Toby Whithouse, who was also in attendance, spoke specifically to an upcoming episode he wrote, entitled The God Complex. Scheduled as the fourth episode in, the returning show
Some more tidbits from the panel and Q&A session (two of which were asked by fans in Dalek costumes):
- Karen Gillan and Matt Smith were originally given a dummy ending to the mid-season finale. Only actress Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, knew the truth about her character.
- Whithouse still gets excited to write Interior: Tardis in his Who scripts. He added that guest writer Neil Gaiman felt the same way, and the producers left his parenthetical I've been waiting my whole life to write that in the script for his episode.
- Whithouse also wishes he didn't always know in advance what the plot will be, because he prefers to watch as a fan. I love the show as a viewer, he said, adding that showrunner Steven Moffat, if one couldn't tel, loves curveballs.
- Smith said that on his first day as a Doctor, production gave him a manual about operating the Tardis and he taught Gillan how to fly the machine. We spent hours just fiddling around, he said. Yeah, the Tardis never gets boring.
- When asked what their favorite alien race was, Gillan said the Sisters of Plenitude (a.k.a the cats) while Smith said the Weeping Angels. Gillan also said her favorite doctor, aside from Smith, was Christopher Eccleston, while Smith hedged his answer a bit.
- When asked by a young girl dressed as a Weeping Angel whether the Doctor would ever regenerate into a woman, Wenger said he thought the character of River Song had stolen the thunder of any female Doctor.
- If the actors could stage a cross-over with any other shows, Smith would mesh the show with True Blood or The Big Bang Theory, while Gillan chose Star Trek: The Next Generation. Gillan is apparently such a ST: TNG fan, she told Wil Wheaton at a party how much she enjoyed meeting Brent Spiner.http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/...ogle_news_blog