Having grabbed some lunch while taking in the last of these, I wandered through the reception area, seen in New Earth and The Girl Who Waited, and realised the queue for the next big panel, Meet The Stars, had hardly begun to form, so I join the line, only a dozen or so from the front.
It was a good 45 minute wait, but once we were allowed in I managed to grab a seat on the second row, right at the front - prime position! Result!!
After some cheap patter to arm us up he introduced the panel, made up of executive producer Caroline Skinner; lead writer Steven Moffat; the ever popular Arthur Darvill; Karen Gillian; and the man everyone had been waiting to see, Matt Smith.
Once everyone was settled it was time to start grilling the panelists, asking them first when they became aware of or watched Doctor Who.
Steven had been watching the series from a young age, and had even been writing his own short Doctor Who stories. Look at him now.
The others had obvious come to it much later, but their enthusiasm showed in how they talked about it and what an honour it was to have the chance to be part of that history today.
Matt is great with audiences. I remember back at the preview of The Pandorica Opens he took the trouble to speak with Jack Vernon, who had a special present for Matt.
This time round it was Matt handing out the presents. I gather at the morning session he had been handing out Jammie Dodgers to anyone dressed as The Eleventh Doctor.
Some one asked how it felt to be the fastest Doctor around the track on Top Gear, which had only been sown a couple of weeks ago. Matt seemed pleased the topic was raised and he bragged about his driving prowess.
A few series seven spoilers had been creeping out, and the panel expanded upon these, mainly to confirm what had already been know.
The story of Chester:
All in all it was a great panel and some interesting stories came out.
Some attempts by the audience to prise out additional tidbits about series seven failed to provoke a response other than “next question”, and rightly so.
The convention is giving unprecedented access to the very core of Doctor Who and to know too much about what is coming would spoil the surprise.
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