Who here loves Doctor Who? We certainly are and were happy to cover the panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. At the panel we got to see showrunner Steven Moffat, executive producer Caroline Skinner and actors Matt Smith, Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill during the final day of the international weekend event.
Usually Sundays at Comic-Con are best associated with the great deals that are going on inside the convention center. But ever since Doctor Who finally graced the walls of the famed convention, it’s more or less taken over that whole day. This past Sunday there were hundreds of thousands of Whovians who waited in line since the day before in order to get a sneak peek at the latest season.
Showrunner Steven Moffat walked onto the stage with actors Matt Smith, Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill who said he felt like John Bon Jovi when he stepped out. Last to make way onto the stage was Caroline Skinner, the new executive producer of the show. She was a delight to have on the stage, mainly because of how much she gushed about the show. That and she loves the historical kind of episodes and just how The Doctor and company reshapes the future merely by their presence.
The marvelous moderator Chris Hardwick asked a number of perfect questions, including what is it that Steven Moffat does in order to keep a nearly fifty year old show fresh. “I try not to have any life. As a Doctor Who fan that kind of came naturally.” Yes, he was kidding but you can tell just by the way he was speaking about the show that he adores it very much.
Then there’s Matt Smith, our eleventh Doctor who immediately captured hearts the minute he appeared in Doctor Who. After being on the show for a couple of years it’s made quite the impact on the actor. He claims that it’s transformed his life for the better, but then he dished out what is the best quote to come out of this convention. “I just quickly like to say that if the world were a little bit more like Comic-Con then it would be a better place.” We completely agree with you Doctor.
Matt Smith and Karen Gillian gush a bit more about their fun experiences walking around downtown San Diego for the past few days and soaking up the atmosphere of Comic-Con. Though we get the feeling that Arthur Darvill wasn’t into the whole fanboy/fangirl experience of it all like the other two. What a shame.
But the biggest question is how will the latest season of Doctor Who handle the inevitable departure of Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) and Rory (Arthur Darvill). The two became instant fan favorites within the span of a couple of years, so plenty of us are really shaking in our boots wondering what fate showrunner Steven Moffat will give our favorite companion couple. When Hardwick addressed the question to Moffat, he simply answers with “Take a guess.” At least Matt Smith revealed that there’s going to be Weeping Angels involved with Amy and Rory’s sendoff episode. Moffat, please don’t make us cry too hard when the time for Amy and Rory comes in the show.
There were a couple of clips that were shown throughout the panel. The first one was just a recap of the latest season, followed shortly after with a cute montage of Amy and Rory on their little adventures with The Doctor or them just being an absolutely adorable couple.
Hardwick opened up the floor for questions. Easily one of the biggest questions that fans have been curious about for ages is what’s The Doctor’s real name? While Steven Moffat wasn’t ready to reveal it just yet, he does hint at the possibility of finding out in the future. “It’s been there from the start. He never gives his name… It’s a tremendously important question. But I know why and you will find out the truth.” We’re not entirely sure we want to really know The Doctor’s true name, but at the same time we’re anxious to finally figure out what it is.
And then Community fans were in for a treat when Karen Gillian addressed that she would want to make a cameo during an episode where the gang goes to the Inspector Spacetime convention. Although there are some Community fans out there who are hesitant to give the fourth (and possibly final) season a chance, a good chunk of them will be tuning in to that episode.
All we can say is that we can’t wait to see what happens to the trio next in the new season of Doctor Who. That and we’ll really miss Amy and Rory. Get a look at what the panel looked like in the images below (courtesy of Getty Images):