SDCC ’12: Highlights From The “Doctor Who” Panel
The best panels of San Diego Comic-Con 2012 have wrapped up already, and the event is almost in the end. Today, some of the best Tv Shows were the spotlight in there, with Supernatural, Fringe and Doctor Who cast and crew making an appearance.
But let’s talk about the Doctor Who panel now, which had writer/executive producer Steven Moffat in attendance, alongside producer Caroline Skinner and stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. Two clips for the upcoming seventh season of the show were screened, Moffat also said that this season will feature the Daleks a lot, and that name of this season second episode is “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any reveal of news we didn’t already know. Moffat teased that he knows the answer to the big question, “Doctor Who”, saying that it is a matter of big importance: “And only I know why.”
Karen revealed that she cried a lot after filming her last episodes in the show, while Matt said that he would like to see the Doctor going to Atlantis, with Moffat pointing out that it has been destroyed three time in the Doctor Who universe, but according to him “we could do it again. To hell with continuity.”
Also, below we have the description of the two pieces of footage screened at the panel, courtesy of SFX:
The first clip [MILD SPOILERS AHEAD] was from Toby Whithouse’s Western episode. It opens in a quintessential movie saloon, with the Doctor striding through the saloon doors with the walk of a skinny John Wayne. Matchstick in mouth, he goes to the bar where he asks for, “Tea. The strong stuff. Leave the bag in.”
When he introduces himself as the Doctor, they all stand up in the usual way a Western crowd does when a melee is about to ensue – and a man comes to take his measurements. It turns out he’s an undertaker (a similar gag was used in Back To The Future: Part III). A barfly then asks if the Doctor’s an alien. “That’s all relative, isn’t it. I think you’re the aliens. But in this context yes, yes I suppose I am.”
The second scene was considerably bigger in scope, and delivered on what Moffat described as “the secret of success” – putting dinosaurs on a spaceship. It began with the Doctor in an Egyptian pyramid, being seduced by a very keen Queen Nefertiti who he’s clearly just helped to solve a little locust infestation. He receives a message from the ISA, who say that a rather odd-looking ship the size of Canada will hit Earth in just over six hours.
With Queen Nef still in tow, he picks up Edwardian explorer (played by Sherlock’s Rupert Graves), before paying a call on the Ponds for the first time in ten months – materialising the TARDIS around their living room, where Rory is fixing a lightbulb with his dad Brian (played by Mark Williams).
Soon they’re on the Canada-sized ship, which is full of cobwebs – Brian looks rather confused, while the Doctor is delighted to have a gang. “I’ve never really had a gang before. It’s new.” [Maybe he's forgotten about "Journey's End"]. Then a big door opens in front of them, and – as we all know – that normally means danger in the Whoniverse. Waiting for them are a pair of ankylosaurus dinosaurs, and as the Doctor tells everyone else to “Run!”, the fun glint in his eye suggests he’s just as excited as us.
Doctor Who returns this fall on BBC.
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Source : SFX