Comic-Con 2013: 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary live-blog
1:00 p.m.: A female fan says she was in the hospital with bone cancer recently and watched "Doctor Who" every day to get through it. She asks for the panelists favorite moments from the recent season. Smith and Coleman loved the scenes of Clara inserted into footage of the old Doctors, and Coleman also enjoyed the TARDIS on a cloud with the spiral staircase.
1:01 p.m.: Are they thinking of another shoot in America, and what was the last one like for Smith? Smith says he really wants to shoot the Christmas special in the U.S.; Coleman agrees. Moffat refuses to even give Smith "a definite maybe," but says they might return to America if they can think of a good reason to go there. Producer Marcus Wilson recalls the fun of filming in New York City, with a crew who had no idea what "Doctor Who" was, or how popular they would be. Gatiss pitches a story about an alien invasion of Comic-Con.
1:03 p.m.: A fan loves "The Satan Pit" episode, wonders if the series might do something similar. Moffat says he loves that one, too. Ferguson asks if Moffat prefers to do episodes set in Earth history; "I usually get other writers to do those, because it involves research." He says Russell T. Davies got him to do several historical episodes, "And that's the only time I've had to do research in my entire life. It's 'Doctor Who,' he's made up! And I had to read a book about frocks."
1:04 p.m.: Will they bring The Doctor Who Experience to America? Smith is happy to ask his bosses at the BBC, but suggests the fan should just fly to Cardiff if he fails.
1:05 p.m.: Hall H regular Button Lady asks Moffat what are the adjectives he uses to apply to all of the Doctors as he casts each one. "There's only one Doctor," Moffat insists. "He lives in the moment, all the time. He never really looks back, because if he did, he'd be staring all day. He's a creature of the moment right now." He also thinks, "He's every age at once. He's a child. He's a stroppy teenager. He's a middle-aged boor. He's a grumpy old man. All at once." He thinks what Smith has done the best of any Doctor is "to combine the old man and the child, so you see them both at every time... he doesn't know he's the hero. He'd be very surprised to find there's a show about him."
1:07 p.m.: Ferguson asks about the search for Smith's replacement. Moffat says they haven't found one yet.
1:08 p.m.: Why isn't Captain Jack in the anniversary episode, and will he be reappearing? Moffat says you can't put everybody in the 50th, "And how do you know what is or is not in the 50th?" He says he has "lied my ass off for months" about what's in it. If he has a good story idea for Jack, he'll come back.
1:09 p.m.: What did "Doctor Who" change about each of their lives? Smith says it's changed his entire life, and pauses to thank the fans "for all your support and encouragement." Coleman is new, but her life is "changing every day at quite a fast rate." Being in a big hall like this has thrown her, but she's loved the experience of seeing all the Doctors and Claras milling about the Con. Smith says they've been playing a game driving around: if they see a Doctor or a Clara while they're driving around, they'll roll down the window and call out to them. One Doctor didn't recognize them at first until his Clara pointed out. Smith likes that the show has "a really strong footprint" here. Ferguson asks about difference between UK and US fans. Smith: "You're louder, which is great." On cue, the hall fills with delighted screams.
1:12 p.m.: Favorite memories of making season 7? Moffat loved being in the room in "Asylum of the Daleks" with all the different kinds of Daleks. Coleman enjoyed fighting the snowmen in the last Christmas episode; since the snowmen were computer-generated, the director had to call out "krump!" each time one appeared. Smith just loves how the show changes so wildly from one episode to the next. Gatiss was excited to get Diana Rigg in his second episode, loved the moment where Rigg pulled back her robe to reveal the alien leach.
1:13 p.m.: Fan says she'll cry when Smith leaves. ("Oh, you will," promises Moffat.) Moffat is asked about the Cartmel Masterplan, and says he was never given all the details of it.
1:15 p.m.: If the panelists could play any character from the run of the series, who would it be? Smith picks the Master. Coleman would want to be Strax. (Moffat: "You're not tall enough.") Moffat says he'd want to be the Doctor, but is "rubbish at acting." Bradley loved doing the dinosaurs on a spaceship episode and figured that would be his entire "Doctor Who" experience; he'd also love to be the Doctor. Gatiss would like to be Jo Grant.
1:17 p.m.: Ferguson suggests the American audience may be younger than the UK audience. Is that something Moffat contemplates? Moffat notes that they've always had a big audience of children, but America gets more of a twentysomething audience than in the UK. "In the UK, we tend to lose them in their 20s and they come back later when they have kids."
1:18 p.m.: Ferguson asks how many fans watch it as it airs and how many watches it illegally. The later group is slightly louder.
1:20 p.m.: A fan has made an Eleventh Doctor tribute jacket by stitching together 11 different Comic-Con swag bags. He commits a Con no-no by asking for an autograph, but Smith agrees to do it. Ferguson hums some "Doctor Who"-themed Muzak to pass the time.
1:22 p.m.: A fan asks for favorite River Song moments. Moffat loves the farewell between them, because "It's the first time we've ever seen the Doctor kiss somebody, rather than get kissed... It's the first time he kissed with lustful intent."
1:23 p.m.: A fan asks if Smith and Coleman could create their own alien monster to battle, what would it be like? Smith's would be "really big." Coleman is "picturing lots of arms right now." Now Smith can't decide if he likes big physical ones or psychological ones. Coleman's favorite villains from last year were the Whisper Men.
1:25 p.m.: Moffat recalls how terrified he was of the show as a kid, and says kids today still rate episodes by how scared they were. He says he can't watch any horror movies that are scarier than the show, whereas Gatiss loves watching horror.
1:26 p.m.: Following on that, Moffat explains they won't do gore on the show, and try not to use blood. "It wouldn't feel like 'Doctor Who' if it was all horrible and gory," he says.
1:28 p.m.: Time is up, and the fans give everybody a standing ovation, raising their sonics up yet again.
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