Thursday at Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanXperience kicked off, as usual, with a press conference and a brief, albeit entertaining celebrity meet-and-greet opportunity.
As Dan Farr mentioned in his opening press conference statements, many members of the media are often fans of the event, or at least the celebrities in attendance at it. This makes for an entertaining time when the official part of the press conference ends and the members of the media are unleashed on the unsuspecting stars.
Of course the pile-up was biggest around famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin, so I took the opportunity as a sign and darted over to speak first with Osric Chau and Erica Carroll of “Supernatural” fame.
Though I’d had a fantastic chat with Carroll prior to the con, I was thrilled to discover she’s just as if not more delightful in person.
I was also impressed by Chau’s lighthearted demeanor, and had a quick visit with him about being “the chosen one” on the show, as well as what it’s like diving into a series like “Supernatural” for the first time.
“You don’t expect it, you don’t know what it is,” Chau said, of his initial reaction to the show. “Most of it is just figuring out … what this new world is. It’s like a completely new world that is opening up to you.”
“’Supernatural’ is like a constant through our lives,” Carroll said in regard to the fact both she and Chau reside in Vancouver, where “Supernatural” films. Despite that, neither of them knew much about the show prior to their time on it.
“Throughout my entire professional career ‘Supernatural has been shooting in Vancouver … but I never watched it,” he said. “I was going to, as soon as I got the job I was like, ‘I’m going to binge watch this,’ but then I thought, ‘Wait a minute. My character doesn’t know anything about this world that they show so I really shouldn’t watch seven seasons of this.”
It was quite the time saving decision, Chau quipped, though he said he’s since gone on to watch some of it.
“I’ve since watched a lot of the show and am still going through it, but yeah, it’s a lot of show and they’re going for Season 12,” he said. “It’s incredible.”
Far surpassing the 12 seasons of “Supernatural” is the hit BBC sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” which has been on the air on and off for the last 50 years.
A big follower of the show myself, I was excited to get to spend a couple minutes visiting with the series’ Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison.
“Doctor Who” wasn’t just a singular role for Davison. Not only was he the youngest ever “Doctor” at the time he was on the series (he began at age 29), but he retained that title for almost 30 years until Matt Smith took on the role in 2009 at age 26 as the Eleventh Doctor.
The series has since become somewhat of a family legacy, with Davison’s daughter appearing in the show, as well as his son-in-law, Tenth Doctor, David Tennant.
When asked about his family connections in “Doctor Who,” Davison was quick to own up to them, and offer some semi-serious quips.
“It’s sort of suddenly grown into that,” he said. “We didn’t intend to start a dynasty, but I feel like we have actually. I liken it sometimes to the North Korean dynasty. No one else is going to get a look in there. My son wants to be the Doctor, I think David’s son wants to be the Doctor. No one’s going to get a look in for at least the next 50 years.”
As to his favorite moments in the series, both past and present, Davison said it really begins with the Doctor of his youth, Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor).
“My Doctor was Patrick Troughton, and there were many moments I remember from his time,” he said, before commenting on the newer episodes of the show.
“I think it was great when the series came back. I watched all the way through. I loved the Russell T. Davies years. I think he has great stories – ‘The Empty Child’ and things like that – just some excellent, excellent epic stories that I would love to have done, if only we’d had slightly better special effects, or bigger budget, whichever. But I still enjoy it.”
As to his future on the show, Davison said he’s definitely willing to be a part of it again, though he said the likelihood is small. At this point, Davison was one of many previous incarnations of the Doctor who appeared in the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” He also teamed with Sylvester McCoy (the Fifth Doctor) and several others to create his own special, called “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.” But his next idea? It would be quite revolutionary.
“I could always be the next Doctor,” he said. “I could be the first person to play a young Doctor and an old Doctor. What do you think of that?”
I’m on board. Now to just get enough people to write to the BBC to make it happen…