Doctors Five and Seven took the stage at Denver Comic Con this weekend. Here are the highlights!
Weirdest Gift from a Fan?
Davison and McCoy hemmed and hawed as they looked for an answer until an audience member yelled, “A Granddaughter!”, to which Davison, after recovering from laughing, agreed. David Tennant, Davison’s son-in-law, was famously a fan of ‘Doctor Who’, and he recently had a daughter with Davison’s daughter, Georgia Moffett.
Favorite Memory on Set
Sylvester McCoy – For McCoy, meeting Sophie Aldred was his finest memory, largely because she laughed at his jokes.
Peter Davison – Davison expressed how he loved when they would tilt the camera, and have the actors fly across the room when the TARDIS was destabilized. “I didn’t have the experience,” mused McCoy, to which Davison cheekily returned, “I was more athletic.”
The first companion to die in ‘Doctor Who’ was under Davison’s tenure. When asked about it, he said that while it wasn’t his idea, he had agreed that it would be good to show the real danger the characters are in. However, he noted, that his children loved Rose, and when the episode “The Death of Rose” was announced, he became worried about how that would affect them. He emailed Russell T Davies, showrunner at the time, asking him if Rose was going to die so he could prepare his kids. Davies’ response? “You killed Adric. What do you care?”
Anymore Five(ish) Doctors Coming?
Davison said that he would love to do another, but will only do so if he has a good idea. Here’s hoping he has a good idea!
McCoy on the Seven’s Darker Side
A fan asked about the change in the seventh Doctor’s change in personality, from silly and avuncular to much darker. McCoy first said that when he started, he wasn’t really sure what ‘Doctor Who’ was about as he was always working when it was on, and there weren’t any reruns in those days. He said the got the job on a Monday, and had to go to a convention on Thursday though he didn’t know a lot of about ‘Doctor Who’. When he was more comfortable, he started thinking about his grandmother who was 100 years old, and tired of life. He started to wonder “What does 900 years mean for suffering and joy?”, and it was that question that incorporated into his character as the series progressed.
In addition, McCoy wanted to harken back to the mystery of the first doctor. However, since there have been seven, he had to think of new and creative ways to get that feeling back, which added to the slightly darker side of seven.
The Question Marks
As Classic Who fans remember, what started out as two question marks on Colin Baker’s lapels turned into Sylvester McCoy’s question mark jumper. Both Davison and McCoy expressed dislike for the obvious motif, and McCoy said that he had introduced the umbrella with the question mark in order to replace the sweater vest. Sadly, they just became a double whammy of question marks.
Scottish Doctor Who
Russell T Davies moved production of the show to Wales during his tenure. McCoy hoped that Steven Moffat, who was Scottish, would move production up north. Why? Because Scottish Daleks would be much scarier than Welsh ones.