Friday, 19 July 2013

Matt Smith Faces Fans at San Diego Comic-Con.

San Diego Comic-Con is only partway through day two and already Doctor Who fans (or at least a select portion of them) have been granted a bit of a treat.  Matt Smith took part in Entertainment Weekly's 'Brave New Warriors' panel, where he answered a broad range of questions relating to his most popular character and his career.

Of particular interest to Who fans might be his response to the question "How would you like your character to die?"  Smith answered,
"I feel like I already know how it ends. There's a golden light, open a TARDIS, put my arms out . . . and then I turn into a woman!"
A hint towards this years Christmas special, perhaps?  Or an actor enjoying being flippant before an audience of adoring fans?  The latter, methinks, but it is a reminder of the kind of fan-friendly humour we have gotten used to with the actor playing the eleventh incarnation of our favourite Time Lord, something which will be missed when he leaves (with or without a gender swap) in December.

To the question, "What part of your character do you most see in yourself?" he had this to say:
"I'm a bit clumsy. But he's a 1,000 year old time lord. He's just a much better creature than I am."
What a great quote!  I think it's clear that he's rather fond of the character himself.

San Diego Comic-Con is the largest fan convention of its kind in the world.  Dealing with more than just graphic novels, it caters to a broad range of popular culture and fandoms.  EW's 'Brave New Warriors' panel was as much a reflection of this as anything else, bringing together several 'fresh-faced' young actors from current popular TV series, all of whom are developing large fanbases in their own right.  Smith appeared alongside Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones, Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, Tyler Posey from Teen Wolf and David Giuntoli from Grimm.

You can view the whole panel in the video below, but be warned, one fan in particular was not afraid of using her lungs and seemed equally fond of all five young men.  The screaming does become less frequent after about two minutes, however, so if you want to hear more of what Matt, or any of the other actors had to say, you might choose to start from there.


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