Doctor Who News The Eleventh Hour

Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Nick Kitchen

Philadelphia Comic Con Press Roundup

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con came and went this past weekend, and by all accounts it was immersive experience, especially for Whovians! Whether you wanted to get a photo with our Associate Editor and Tenth Doctor cosplayer, Brian Terranova (and TARDIS!), or meet the Eleventh Doctor and companion (Matt Smith and Karen Gillan), there were plenty of once in a lifetime opportunities. Our own Rebecca Crockett took part in the festivities and will be bringing us an exclusive first hand report later this week, but for now let’s take a look at what the press world is saying about the event.

NJ.com (New Jersey News) has a great slideshow of photos and sets the mood:

A tiny version of Mystique sits on a window ledge, her blue face twisted in concentration as she hands off an iPad displaying some colorful shooting game to a young boy in suspenders, a brown coat and a bright red fez atop his head. Although this sounds like a nerdy dream or a fan-made crossover of X-men meets Doctor Who, this was real life… this is the place where Edward Scissorhands can take Resident Evil zombie slayer Alice out for dinner and not get a second glance. This is the Philadelphia Comic Con.

Radio Times picked up on the “what if” question every Matt Smith fan had on their mind; if Smith had stayed, what would Eleven have been like going forward? Smith said:

If my Doctor had carried on he’d have become a bit meaner and a bit tougher. The Universe would have weighed on his shoulders a little more which would have been cool. Damn, I should have stayed.

The last bit Radio Times reckon is jokingly said; however, given the increasing number of quotes from Smith along the same lines, I can’t help but imagine Matt Smith does have a tinge of regret over leaving the role.

Former Amy Pond actress, Karen Gillan, was also on hand for the panel and offered some thoughts on what would have happened with Amy had she stayed with the show longer:

Maybe there could be a series where we see Amy in therapy when she went through four psychiatrists. She’s talking about the Raggedy Man and they’re like, ‘You’re crazy!’

In another piece, with origins from Philly Comic Con, Radio Times is also running a story on Smith and Gillan’s Shakespearean aspirations. When asked by a fan at the panel discussion if they had performed Shakespeare previously, Smith said:

I have privately in my Doctor Who costume looking at pictures of David Tennant as Hamlet. I’d like to one day. I’d quite like to play Macbeth.

Gillan chimed in suggesting she could play Lady Macbeth and Smith agreed they should make it happen. Of course, that’s all well and good until someone actually puts forth a new production of the play and gets in contact with them to talk about taking the roles.

Loads of goodies coming out of Wizard World, eh, dear reader? What tickles your fancy the most, a meaner Eleventh Doctor or Smith as Macbeth? Were you at Philladelphia Comic Con? Let us know in the comments!

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“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.



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