Panel Date – November 19, 2016
Attendance – Approximately 30 Whovians
Convention Detail – Philcon is a small Science Writer and Reader Convention that occurs in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in November each year. In recent years, the convention has expanded to include a robust anime track and a cosplay track.
Panel Premise – From Philcon Program “With the upcoming shift in show runners from Steven Moffat to Chris Chibnall, uncertainty about whether Peter Capaldi will return to reprise his role, and speculation about a change in Companions, Whodom is experiencing a fair amount of fan
turbulence right now. Of the recent tapestry of stories, what threads are likely to get resolved in future storylines, and which might just be clipped off?”
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PANEL (Synopsis of the Content the Presenter Covered)
Christine Norris (Science Fiction and Fantasy Author and School Media Specialist) – Peter Capaldi was a big tone change following Matt Smith (who was in some ways an echo of David Tennant) Donna was the best companion because she did not take any of the Doctor’s guff; she gave as well as she got Meta Crisis Doctor will not come back
Kathy Sands (Ran a Science Fiction Bookstore for two decades, Previously the Social Secretary for the Baltimore Science Fiction Society) – The Impossible Girl (Clara Oswald played by Jenna Coleman) was a lot to take in, more complicated than any previous companion
Allyn Gibson (Writer for Diamond Comic Distributor’s monthly PREVIEWS catalog and Short Story Writer) – Peter Capaldi wants to stay for more seasons, so there is not a problem on that side, however, there are signs from BBC that they want to move in a different direction Pitched a book to BBC Books with the Travelling Monk and got feedback that ownership of the character is associated with issues Nardole (a member of the human colony of Mendorax Dellora and an employee of River Song) would be an interesting character to see in more Doctor Who content (games and books, in addition to the show)
GARIBAY CLOSING NOTES
I am a Doctor Who fan who started with Christopher Eccleston (the 9th Doctor) when BBC relaunched the Doctor Who series in 2005. The Garibay Family has watched each season of Doctor Who when it drops on Netflix and it is wonderful that the show serves as content that most of the Garibay Family really enjoys. My favorite Doctor was the 10th Doctor (David Tennant), which was solidified when David Tennant crossed over into the Harry Potter Universe, playing Barty Crouch Jr (a Death Eater).
This was a wonderful fan panel that allowed an easy, exciting discourse between the Panelists and the attendees. Going into the Panel, I was curious what other fans had thought of the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), as I had been turned off of the series by Capaldi’s dour and angry portrayal of the Doctor (and from a loss of whimsy in the character).
I was saddened to learn that my opinion was not at all uncommon within Whodom, with many fans having issues with Capaldi, the Impossible Girl and Steven Moffat’s story choices. Some fans in the panel pointed out that as you got quite a few episodes under your belt and understood where show writer Steven Moffat was heading, the Twelfth Doctor seasons got better.
However, it my distinct opinion that this type of “watch 6, 12 or 18 episodes and you will love it” approach (that is being heralded for Agents of Shield and Grimm and Flash) really does not work in today as there is a long line of great shows and movies that will engage a viewer immediately. I am determined to catch up and push through and watch all of the Twelfth Doctor seasons, but only so that I am ready for the next Doctor, who I predict will be Tilda Swinton.