There was supposed to be the Pond family reunion at Awesome Con, with Karen Gillan,
Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston, but Gillan ended up not being able to
make it due to a conflict with her filming schedule. So maybe next
year. Instead, we had two-thirds of the Doctor Who Pond family: Alex Kingston and Arthur Darvill.
No one complained, because two Ponds, or one River and one Rory, were better than none!
I missed the first half of the Q&A session with Alex Kingston,
but I tell you what, she had one heckuva doozy announcement in the
Alex Kingston is getting married in July!!! Best wishes to her and her hubby-to-be!!!
How did we come to find this out? Someone in the audience asked about
Kingston’s hair, which the actor is growing out for her wedding day.
Her toughest scene ever: the death of Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony
Edwards), the husband of Kingston’s character, Elizabeth Corday, in the
hit medical drama, ER.
This segued to Alex remarking about British actors working in the US,
American actors working in the UK, and both the good and bad accents
heard in shows on either side of the pond. She pointed out Gillian
Anderson’s British accent as being particularly good. And for the
record, Kingston’s American accent in Arrow is, too.
A couple of Q&A sessions later was the one with Arthur Darvill, whom many of you know costars in the hit mystery drama Broadchurch and leads the cast in the upcoming (2016) Legends of Tomorrow, in which he plays the time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter. For folks in the UK, he will also feature in Danny and the Human Zoo, the new BBC biopic about the life of British actor Lenny Henry (Chef!) as a teenager.
Darvill admitted that he hadn’t watched very much of Doctor Who while growing up, what with being in a band and all, but if pressed for a favorite Doctor, it would be Sylvester McCoy. He also noted that fans often
go up to him and quote various of Rory’s lines, most of which Arthur no
longer recalls (so bear this in mind when you see him on the street).