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Doctor Who alum reunite and play games with audience at NYCC as new season preps for big debut

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Oct 5, 2018

Allons-y! The Hammerstein Ballroom hosted a TARDIS reunion on Friday night as part of New York Comic Con, where former Doctor Who stars David Tennant (10th Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), and Matt Smith (11th Doctor) delighted attendees with silliness, tomfoolery, and baked goods.

The three actors reminisced on their time on the show, took questions from the audience, offered pastries to those who asked particularly good questions, and brought audience members up to the stage for trivia games, impersonation contests (i.e. seeing who can best channel River Song's signature "Hello, sweetie" greeting and the sound the TARDIS makes when it dematerializes), and interviews — that is, where Tennant, Kingston, and Smith asked the cosplaying audience members questions (such as what were their favorite Doctor Who moments and who were their favorite companions).

Smith also asked Kingston, between him and Tennant, who the best kisser was (but not when the kids were on stage). Although the audience clearly wanted an answer, Kingston graciously declined to comment. (Though we don't recall her or Tennant snogging in the TV series.)

"This really is the strangest panel I've ever done," Smith confessed at one point.

They also expressed their excitement for seeing the new season of Doctor Who, with Jodie Whittaker taking on the role. But of course, not before some playful ribbing. When asked if they were excited for Whittaker, Smith initially joked: "No. Jealous, maybe."

To which Tennant chimed in: "Bitter," before going, "No, it's very exciting. It's JODIE!" (Remember, the two of them go way back, having worked together on Broadchurch, written by new Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.) Smith and Kingston seconded and thirded Tennant's excitement for Whittaker.

Smith also admitted that since leaving the show, he's turned back into a fanboy and is counting down to the premiere.

Kingston said that there were originally only supposed to be 12 Doctors, so casting a woman in the role of the 13th Doctor suggests that the sky's the limit when it comes to the show.

"Now that the 13th Doctor is in female form, who knows what could happen next?" she enthused.

Tennant noted that another thing that's great about the Doctor now being "both genders" is his daughters can grow up with a female Doctor, making the show more accessible to them.

"I'm delighted," said Tennant about this new dimension to the show.

The new season of Doctor Who premieres Sunday, Oct. 7, on BBC One and BBC America. If you ask us, it can't come quickly enough.

Click here for SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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