VIECAP: Montréal ComicCon 2015

If you know me, you know I don’t need many reasons to head east to Montréal.

And if my math serves me well, Montréal ComicCon has been pretty close to the top of that list of reasons for the past three years. The others involve homemade garlic butter and pasta in Old Montréal; midnight latke binges at Dunn’s on Metcalfe Street (the trek to Schwartz’ hasn’t been worth it for me since the late ’90s when my ex-husband lived in a skeezy apartment at the corner of Sainte-Famille and Sherbrooke and we walked up there to wait in line only to be bum-rushed out after we ordered what turned out to be HUGE individual plates of smoked meat, rye bread, and roasted chicken because they needed our table for other people waiting outside, in line); and now, the Quartier Chinois with its eclectic selection of trinket shops and a decent enough buffet place.

I posted most of my content during the weekend on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #whoviansinmontreal, but I’m still so giddy over meeting Karen Gillan and her twin sister cousin Caitlin Blackwood that I will happily republish this:

(Designed by Me and the sweat of my brow. The sweat of my brow. Yeh, wrong Series reference, but I enjoy quoting it.)
(Signed by Caitlin Blackwood. I was actually a bit hesitant about showing her Little Amelia, because of something that was brought up during the Amys' Q&A, which I will talk about later in this post. But I think she was really touched by it.) (Designed by Me and the sweat of my brow. The sweat of my brow. Yeh, wrong New Who series reference, but I enjoy quoting it whilst tapping my index finger against my forehead.)

 

(Irn-Bru, the Scottish soft drink of champions. I've never tasted it, but I've heard through the Twitterverse that Karen misses not being able to buy it while in America, and the reason - as I found out from another source - is that the food colouring/dye in Irn-Bru is an assumed carcinogen in the State of California and therefore cannot be imported into the USA. Okay. Look. Move to Canada, friends. We'll even give you real Kinder eggs with the cheap toy still sealed inside.)
(Irn-Bru, the Scottish soft drink of champions. I’ve never tasted it, but I’ve heard through the Twitterverse that Karen misses not being able to buy it while in America, and the reason – as I found out from another source – is that the food colouring/dye in Irn-Bru is an assumed carcinogen in the State of California and therefore cannot be imported into the USA. Okay. Look. Move to Canada, friends. We’ll even give you real Kinder eggs with the cheap toy still sealed inside.)

 

(Someone was very happy to get her 1.5 liter bottle of this orange-gingery confection. I asked her, "Are you thirsty?" and presented it to her. "Oh! Can I keep it?" she exclaimed. Aye, lass. I hope she and hers drank it all up in good health. I still don't have an urge to try it myself, and I can picture my Scottish relatives rending their clothes and giving me The Look as I speak.)
(Someone was very happy to get her 1.5 liter bottle of this orange-gingery confection. I asked her, “Are you thirsty?” and presented it to her. “Oh! Can I keep it?” she exclaimed. Aye, lass. I hope she and hers drank it all up in good health. I still don’t have an urge to try it myself, and I can picture my Scottish relatives rending their clothes and giving me The Look as I speak.)

Kid patrol duties kept me away from the Billie Piper/Karen Gillan/Caitlin Blackwood/Eve Myles Q&A on Saturday night, but word made the rounds that Eve Myles really didn’t know why she had been added to the panel because she was never a companion on Doctor Who. (True enough, although she did appear as Gwen Cooper in two episodes of Doctor Who – “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End” – in aid of the Tenth Doctor during a battle with Davros and the Daleks in 2008.) And a glass or two of something particularly bubbly was consumed on-stage by Billie and Eve, which added to the overall tone of the evening.

I was also disappointed to have missed John Barrowman’s Q&A, during which he took up the mantle of cosplayer:

http://www.whosay.com/status/johnbarrowman/1121687?wsref=fb&code=SMjaLtg

All that said, I made sure that the Junior Time Lady, the mister, and I made it to Karen Gillan and Caitlin Blackwood’s Q&A on Sunday afternoon, with mere seconds to spare. Wibbly wobbly timey wimey, yeh.

The highlights therein:

– Both Karen and Caitlin have found it “weird” over the years to encounter dolls and figurines cast in their respective Doctor Who character images. (Hence the reason why I was reluctant to share Little Amelia and present her for an autograph. But, as you can see, all’s well that ended well.)

– One of Karen’s long-term memories of filming the Ponds’ final episode, “The Angels Take Manhattan,” is of Matt Smith sitting on a headstone listening to The Carpenters’ “Close To You.”

– Karen believes that Amy could win in a fight against Nebula, her character in the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. As to saving Earth, she feels that The Doctor and his companion(s) and the TARDIS present a fine alternative to the Guardians, “who have a raccoon and a tree” and “probably don’t even know where Earth is.”

– Karen feels that she may have had more fun on the set of Doctor Who versus her time filming Guardians Of The Galaxy because she “got to hang out with her friends, chasing imaginary monsters.” When Alex Kingston met Karen, Arthur Darvill, and Matt Smith in person, she described them as “three puppies playing together for the first time.”

– Karen’s favourite Amy/Rory moment? She has two. The flashbacks to their school days with Mels in “Let’s Kill Hitler,” and Rory waiting for her outside The Pandorica.

– Matt Smith is “one of the silliest human beings ever.” He’s “gangly” and “clumsy” and “broke the TARDIS innumerable times.”

– Caitlin’s most fearsome Doctor Who monster? The Weeping Angels. Karen’s: “I don’t remember.” *drops mic*

– Memorabilia from the set? Karen has the binoculars from the TARDIS in her house. Caitlin has some pairs of Amy’s shoes, but not the infamous red wellies.

– The answer to the final question? Is it true that The Doctor missed Amy so much that he regenerated as Scottish?

“Sure! Absolutely!”

 

 

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