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article imageDoctor Who actors at exclusive NYC screening of sci-fi show

By Andrew John     Apr 14, 2010 in Entertainment
New York’s Village East Cinema will be the venue tonight for British actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and writer/producer Steven Moffat to attend a special screening of The Eleventh Hour, the debut story of the brand-new series of Doctor Who.
In the show, Smith plays the eleventh Doctor, while Gillan plays his companion, Amy Pond. The screening is at 7 p.m. local time.
The trio have been in the US since Monday on a publicity tour to promote the launch of the new series in the US on BBC America on Saturday (April 17). Earlier, they attended an industry screening of The Eleventh Hour at the Paley Center for Media, New York, which included a question-and-answer session with a specially invited audience.
During the Q&A, Smith talked enthusiastically about his audition as David Tennant’s successor, and how he had to shoot 12 takes of the now-famous fish-custard scene from his opening story, which was seen by more than 10 million people in the UK on 3 April. Moffat – who has taken over as the showrunner of the popular BBC science-fiction drama from Russell T. Davies – said his inspiration for that scene came from a Winnie-the-Pooh book, where Tigger claims to like everything, but then proceeds to reject all the foodstuffs offered to him.
As well as giving various press interviews and attending a “Meet the Cast” event at the Apple Store, SoHo, Smith and co-star Gillan took time out for some Manhattan sightseeing.
Sneak peek
American fans have already had one sneak preview of the series opener, at WonderCon in Sans Francisco Bay on 3 April.
WonderCon has been held in the San Francisco Bay area since 1987. It began as mainly a convention for selling back issues of comic books – and that has remained an important focus – the event now houses several retailers of speciality DVDs. Comic-book artists are also usually on hand, selling artwork.
After 200, WonderCon became part of the Comic-Con family of conventions, giving the San Francisco event the opportunity to preview major movies – especially those based on comic-book characters such as Spider-Man, Superman and Batman.
The former Who showrunner Russell T. Davies and tenth Doctor David Tennant attended Comic-Con last year in San Diego, and were reported to have been treated like royalty. With them was Torchwood star John Barrowman (Captain Jack), who has also appeared in Doctor Who.
The series continues its UK 13-part run this Saturday with a story written by the actor Mark Gatiss, Victory of the Daleks, which stars Ian McNeice as Britain’s wartime leader, Winston Churchill, and features the Daleks.
The making of a monster
The Daleks, which first appeared in 1963, are the Doctor’s oldest enemies. They were created by Terry Nation and designed by Raymond Cusick. For this story, they have been redesigned by Peter McKinstry, who, since 2005, has worked on Doctor Who and its spin-off shows Torchwood (starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Taylor) and The Sarah Jane Adventures (starring Elisabeth Sladen as former Doctor’s companion Sarah Jane Smith, and John Leeson, as K9).
McKinstry has also worked on the J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter movies, starring Daniel Radcliffe, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park and the new BBC science-fiction series, Outcasts, from Kudos, the company behind Spooks (starring Keeley Hawes as Zoe Reynolds), Hustle (starring Adrian Lester as Mickey Bricks), Life on Mars (starring John Simm as Sam Tyler) and Ashes to Ashes (Philip Glenister as DCI Gene Hunt).
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