Sylvester McCoy, the seventh actor to portray The Doctor on classic British TV show Doctor Who, made his first appearance at Dragon*Con today.
Not only did McCoy reveal the humorous origins of his name, but the actor also read a scene from recent Doctor Who episode The Pandorica Opens, which was originally performed by Matt Smith.
Why would McCoy do such a thing?
Partially, I think it’s because he is very fan friendly. The reading was done at the request of the panel moderator, who wanted to dispel the notion that McCoy was a bad doctor by giving him some decently written dialogue.
McCoy was also given the choice to take home one of several toy sonic screwdrivers, the device used by the Doctor to get out of many ‘o sticky situations.
For those who aren’t aware, John Nathan Turner, the showrunner during McCoy’s tenure, didn’t allow the actor’s version of The Doctor to have a sonic screwdriver because he felt it made the writers lazy — meaning, every time the Doctor had a problem, the writers used the screwdriver to fix it instead of being creative.
“When I did finally get a sonic screwdriver it was in the TV movie with Paul McGann,” McCoy said. “If you’ll notice, the shot of me holding the screwdriver is blurred because I was actually holding it upside-down.”
“I didn’t know,” he added.
I’ve embedded a video clip of McCoy’s reading below. Check back soon for the full panel upload.
Good stuff. I do think that McCoy gets a bad rap from the fans, and the problems going on with the show during his tenure were the BBC and JNT’s fault, not his. With more memorable scripts like Remembrance of the Daleks, Survival, and Curse of Fenric, he could have been remembered as one of the greats. As it is, he is still one of my all time favorites and it was a real treat to hear him read Matt’s Pandorica speech.
Comment by Big Bill Cox — September 3, 2011 @ 11:32 pm
Sylv is awesome this is a goosebumpy treat indeed!
Comment by Jimmania07 — September 12, 2011 @ 12:12 pm