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It would be a foolish person who tried to fight against the tidal wave of fresh Whovian gossip coming right at the Internet’s face from Comic-Con this week. So let’s just fish out a few of the choicest tidbits (as well as the usual other newsflashes from across the universe), to save us all from drowning, shall we?
(Of course, Anglophenia was there, taking notes and acting the giddy kipper the whole time. Just look at all this stuff!)
• So the biggest news of the weekend will have been the announcement of the first three episodes in Season 7, plus their guest stars. All over the internet, Whovians have been pondering at the glorious title of the second story: “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” and how that will actually work. But the news that Mark Williams (you MUST know who he is by now…) is set to appear as Rory’s dad, runs it a close second on the excitement front.
• Matt Smith has revealed to the Radio Times (via the Independent) that his greatest sacrifice in order to play the Doctor has been a decent kickabout with friends: “I’d love to play football now. Everyone at work plays on Tuesdays, but they won’t let me. I guess it’s the insurance companies and, realistically, if I turn my ankle over and we can’t shoot, then we’re screwed, aren’t we? You just can’t. It’s a small price to pay.”
• Other thoughts from Matt came from a surprisingly direct medium over the weekend, courtesy of BBC America’s Twitter feed, because he took it over for a whole day over the weekend. And this is not a man with a Twitter account of his own. Friends like James Corden and Neil Gaiman soon came along to show support, and the whole thing got fairly massive, very quickly. The hashtag you want is #MattTweets, to find out what happened.
• Oh and of course there were the panels. This comes courtesy of G4:
• We may have already mentioned the Doctor Who panel? Here’s the lowdown, if you missed it…
• Then there was the TV Guide panel between Matt, Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Nathan Fillion (Castle), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Joel McHale (Community), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) and Maggie Q (Nikita), in which Matt admitted he’d been asked to appear on Community and had said yes. Read here for more details.
And a nice chat Matt, Karen and Arthur did with Wired magazine. Who knew they were big Family Guy fans?
• And Entertainment Weekly had a little time with our intrepid trio too. It begins with Karen sliding off their sofa…
• Remember we mentioned the Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Remote, a couple of weeks back? Well it’s out! And people WANT ONE, as this review from Geekologie explains.
• The Anglophenia guide to Comic-Con cosplay finished with an intense look at the clothes of Amy Pond (all very innocent, no need for alarm). So we now have a fairly comprehensive Doctor Who cosplay reference work, for any future parties or even Hallowe’en. Have a look, do!
• Check out some of the very best Whovian cosplay that was on display at Comic-Con.
• Plus, there’s still time for you to submit your entry into BBC America’s cosplay contest.
• This week’s rotter in the Rogues Gallery is the Mara, the dream snake that made Tegan’s teeth go pink in Kinda and Snakedance. Confused? Find out more here.
• Who wants to see what cartoonist Meredith Dillman thinks the Dalek’s plunger is really for? OK then…
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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