As if our obsession with each other wasn’t already groan-inducing enough, I’ll tell you that my blog wife and I have a yearly celebration of the start of our friendship. Friendaversaries are the shit. I highly recommend celebrating them with all of your people.
Last year, the event happened to coincide with the US premiere of the 7th season opener of Doctor Who: “Asylum of the Daleks,” and our first journalistic endeavor. Kim and I were lucky enough to attend not only the premiere screening at the historic Ziegfeld theater, but also the pre-screening press roundtable at the BBCAmerica offices to talk with Karen Gillan, producer Caroline Skinner, and, the man himself – Matty Smith.
*Midi music goes off*
OMG MATT SMITH, OMG: “That’s actually my alarm! Sorry. My apologies. Um, well. I think, I think that’s a good question, because fundamentally it has to be about – I think people tune in to see the relationship between the Doctor and the companion. Ultimately. Every week. I think Steven invests in that. And around it, what’s so wonderful about the show and the form of the show is that you can explore any world, without restraints. There are no limits to where you can take this character. Um, but you know, I think what’s sort of – and it’s very interesting this season, you know, because Amy’s sort of worried about the Doctor being alone, and, and, um, I think, you know, I think he needs a human companion by his side. I think that, I think allowing – I think seeing the universe alone is different to showing the universe and letting someone else experience it. And I think, at its heart, that’s sort of what the show is. He’s giving people this gift of all of time and space. And that’s what’s wonderful about playing him. Cause, what a thing to say to someone! ‘Do you wanna come with me?’ (*Note: KIM AND I AUDIBLY SWOON. You can actually hear it on the recording.) And she’s like, ‘What’ll I see?’ ‘Everything. You can ever imagine. Everything. Possible. Ever.’ And, you know, as an idea, I think that fuels the sort of heart of the show, really.”
Thank you for indulging me in this reminiscence. May this memory live in our hearts forever and ever, amen.
(It should be noted that “What a thing to say to someone! Do you want to come with me?” is now my text message alert. #sorrynotsorry –Kim)