Published on June 22nd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Fairytales = Danger
SFX online has reported on some of the comments made at the BAFTA screening of The Pandorica Opens; they feature highlights of the Q & A session that took place after the episode was viewed.
Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and Executive Producer Stephen Moffat answered some questions posed by the audience on how the series has been received and plans for the future. When asked about the fairytale nature of the new series, Moffat commented:
â€œFairy tales are the way we warn our children of the dangers of the world, and thatâ€™s what Doctor Who is. Doctor Who more commonly than it goes into outer space takes outer space and makes it under your bed or in the back of your cupboard.â€
And Matt remarked on what he was expecting before he started filming the role:
â€œI guess you just hope to come out alive, really. Itâ€™s impossible to calculate before it happens, but what we have received has been overwhelming and very positive, pretty humbling and very exciting.â€
Stephen replied when asked if there were any ideas that heâ€™d had brewing for a while that he had been able to transport to television screens across the nation, that:
“I think there are 13 episodes of that! Mainly, because Iâ€™ve spent a great deal of my life since I was about seven thinking of really cool things that could happen in Doctor Who, I just carry on doing that, and think, oh yeah, I can actually do thatâ€¦
“Then we have the budget meeting! Itâ€™s yes and no. Thereâ€™s one very specific thing Iâ€™d like to see happen to Doctor Who, and Iâ€™m not going to tell you what it is!”
Meanwhile Matt spoke enthusiastically of comparisons between his Doctor’s similarities to Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor:
“It was completely unconscious. I donâ€™t think you can imitate anything as an actor. Some actors can but I certainly canâ€™t. I enjoy Patrickâ€™s performance because I think he manages to be peculiar without ever trying to be peculiar, but there is never and there never will be any conscious borrowing of any previous Doctors, because itâ€™s mine to invent now, and I like that.
“But Iâ€™m flattered by the comparison because I like Patrick Troughton. I think heâ€™s extraordinary.”
The article also reveals Stephen Moffat’s thoughts on the comments recently made about Doctor Who by Stephen Fry and Matt Smith’s enigmatic thoughts on his evolving costume and what changes we may expect in next yearâ€™s series.