Comic-Con 2012: Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, and more talk Doctor Who

News Louisa Mellor 20 Jul 2012 - 09:01

Doctor Who's showrunner, executive producer, and cast have shared a few words at Comic-Con about the new series, new companion, the mooted movie version, and the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary episode...

Spoiler warning: If you don’t want to know anything about series 7 of Doctor Who, you’d best not read on.

After the Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner, Matt Smith and the Ponds were caught for a few chats with roving reporters, the interesting tidbits of which we’ve scooped up for you below.

As you can imagine, Moffat and co. were characteristically tight-lipped on a number of subjects, but one or two of these post-panel comments courtesy of SFX and Collider should give us something to chew over until Asylum of the Daleks arrives on the BBC next month, in particular Matt Smith’s teasing instruction that those wanting to know more about Amy and Rory’s departure should go back and study The Eleventh Hour closely…

On how much of a plot arc there will be in series 7:

Steven Moffat: “There’ll be something going on, yes. Last time we went for a very big arc, this is a much more lightly sketched one this time, but there is something yeah, to reward the one who watches it every week.”

Will the series 7 story arc continue between the two chunks of episodes?

SM: “There’s obviously the story of the Doctor saying goodbye to the Ponds and there’s obviously him saying hello to someone else, but wait and see, wait and see how we do that. I can’t say something else without giving everything away.”

On how Amy and Rory will re-join the show:

SM: “What you’ve seen is them leave the TARDIS. What you’ve seen is a decision, ‘let’s go and get on with our lives’. It’s not that they then move back in as it were, it’s a continued relationship with the Doctor. Something that’s always intrigued me about the Doctor, certainly in the old series you know, someone would leave the TARDIS and he’d never see them again, I mean, who does that? You’d go and visit.”

On Asylum of the Daleks:

SM: “You’ll be seeing more generations of Daleks than you’ve ever seen before”

Matt Smith: “My favourite Dalek is one from, I think it was the Troughton era, the sort of blue and white one. We had to draw in every Dalek that had ever been made around the world so we could fill a room full of Daleks, and it was sort of incredible. I think we’ve made them scary again in a way that perhaps we didn’t achieve in my first season, and that’s really exciting.”

Arthur Darvill: “They’re really, really scary in this one. They’re really, genuinely, brilliantly scary. That is such a great episode.”

Karen Gillan:Asylum of the Daleks is such a great episode. And then we have four more, we have five, epic, movie-style episodes and we’re going to leave in the fifth one.”

On how the new companion changes the show’s dynamic:

SM: “It does, and in some ways having a new companion about is the biggest change, bigger than even changing the Doctor. It’s always about how their life is changed because of that, so yes, it does give a new dynamic, it’s brilliant and brings out a very new side to him, pretty much a different Doctor really.”

MS: “The show remains the show. The Doctors come and go, the companions come and go, that’s the nature of the beast, that is what happens. By its very nature it’s a show that regenerates itself so you’ve got to move with that and you’ve got to go with the times. Of course we will miss Karen and Arthur, they’re great friends of mine, but Jenna’s doing a wonderful job, she’s a wonderful actress, very dedicated and I think Steven’s writing her in a very interesting way, in a very different way to Amy Pond.”

On the thinking behind the Doctor’s new costume:

SM: “Well that is plot-driven, so the reason is… he goes through stuff.”

Caroline Skinner: “It kind of just works, you’ll see next year.”

MS: “Weirdly enough, when I started I always wanted a sort of purple-y coat, but they felt it was too much like the Joker, and I liked it being a bit longer to the leg. It’s still tweed. I always thought that the costume would evolve year after year. I’m absolutely part of those conversations, we have a wonderful costume designer who comes in and does great work, you know, different hats every year, it’s fun to keep it moving.”

On plans for the 50th anniversary episode:

SM: “We know what we’re doing, but we’ll tell you when the time is right. Every time when you sit down in meetings about the next episode of Doctor Who, it’s the same size of challenge, because they’re always different, they’re always huge. So we set ourselves the task of never making an ordinary episode, they all have to be exceptional.”

On the rumoured big-screen Doctor Who movie:

MS: “I don’t know. There’s talk of it. I think David Yates was attached to do something. For my money, whoever is playing the Doctor should be in the movie. I don’t think there should be two Doctors. I think it would take four or five years to get something like that off the ground, and I don’t anticipate that I’ll be playing the Doctor then. […] I think they should get Steven to write it because he’s the best.”

On the Ponds’ farewell episode:

MS: […] If you go back and revisit The Eleventh Hour and study it closely, that’s all I will say.”

KG: “It’s probably the most epic of all the episodes we’ve shot so far. The sheer scale of it. New York looks incredible for a start.”

KG: “Their relationship is in a sticky situation, shall we say.”

AD: “Yeah, that’s something we haven’t explored so far.”

SFX / Collider / Image with thanks to Doctor Who Time Vortex

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"If you go back and revisit The Eleventh Hour and study it closely, that’s all I will say.”
Perhaps Rory's mis-dated ID Badge will turn out to have some significance after all :)

At last, perhaps we'll have closure on why the pond has no ducks.

Perhaps Amy POND is a multiform made of ducks. I'd pay to watch that.

That's already been explained. The pond had no ducks because they were erased by the cracks, but the pond itself wasn't. The same way the cracks erased Rory but the wedding ring remained.

did rory williams come from the crack itself when prisoner zero came through maybe he came through as well.

Yes, perhaps they were sent back to that time..

"Amelia Pond: like a name in fairy tale"? - and then there's the wee[ing angels.

Or, maybe Amy's "dream" at the end where she's little Amy, waiting on the Doctor, and she hears the TARDIS coming back for her is, actually.....him. Crossing back along his on timeline. Changing her fate by not being 12 years late that first time? Kind of like how he changed Kazaran in "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"? Just guessing. ;)

TO The Doctor, Amelia Pond, AND Rory Williams
Oh my god, I love doctor who so much, and Matt,Karen,Arthur you guys are all such incredible actors. I want to become an actor someday, and I think this is just what might start me off, because you are inspiring,and you are all so amazing. The way you cry, and show true emotion, it makes me feel emotion too, as if im part of whats going on. And how Matt is always so...on his feet! "Oh my god!!" ......"The tardis!!!" "How could I be so stupid?!" It really is spectacular. All of you! When rory is dying, amy will not leave his side, even though he has already been touched by the crack. Matt has to erag her away from his body. And rory, even when he was made of plastic, he loved amy so much, that he pulled the pandorica which whe was in out of a fire and died in the process. It is really all extravagant, and heartwarming. Sadly, I don't live in England, and was watching it on Netflix, I instantly fell in love.Karen, how do you get your hair do be so beautiful? You are beautiful. As Matt and Arthur are also both handsome. I love you guys.
-Your Fan,
**** I can't put my name on the Internet

Also, Matt, cool torch carrying at the Olympics :)

“You’ll be seeing more generations of Daleks than you’ve ever seen before”

And all just in time for Xmas?

Leave them alone! The last lot looked stupid enough. The original was scary enough for decades.

Does this issue of new Daleks have some kind of licencing problem at its core?

And on the movie... if there's any show that can co-exist with a film and have different leading actors, it's Doctor Who.
He can travel thru time!

I'm not against it conceptually, but the script will need to be brilliant, which seems less likely.

I'd love that

I see we're back to this "important thing everyone missed in The Eleventh Hour" crap.

Sorry but what? That's wrong on so so so many counts.
Firstly there is no new Dalek form, this is *all the original variants*

Secondly the Daleks *didn't* last decades in their original form, and that's one of the selling points of this episode. On average each design only lasted a couple of serials.
I don't like the new Daleks much (or more specifically I don't like the color scheme), but they're one of about 20 types appearing in this epiosde.

I didn't get to see that, and they didn't show it at the Opening Ceremony!! GAAH! So frustrated about that. Maybe I should do a boycott of Danny Boyle films.

I heard a rumor (well, it says it on Wiki) that the Ponds will take their leave of DW after an encounter with the Weeping Angels....
*strokes imaginary beard* The plot thickens...

There’s still a gap in River Song’s story; how, after regenerating as a young girl in 1969, did she end up the same age as the Ponds in the late 1990s? And was she just living on her own the whole time as a child? What if Amy and Rory adopt the young ‘Melody’ after picking her up in New York in the 1960s and are taken back to be her parents in 1996? Young Amy in The 11th Hour *does* hear the Tardis arriving again, but instead of it being the Doctor coming back for her, it’s him dropping off her older self plus husband and child somewhere ‘offscreen’. Melody/River certainly always seems to have known she was their daughter, which this would explain. Also, the chance to actually raise their ‘lost’ little girl would be a good reason for the Ponds to leave the Tardis – they know it all has to happen the way it did and that Melody has been brainwashed to kill the doctor, so they can’t risk carrying on their adventures with her alongside them.

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