Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, kicking it off with a cracker of an episode last week, and we're excited to be part of the festivities by bringing Classic Doctor Peter Davison out to Chicago to meet his fans at C2E2! Davison's tenure in the TARDIS saw some of the saga's most acclaimed episodes — including Earthshock, Kinda, and The Caves of Androzani — and since taking his final bow as the Doctor, Davison's not wandered too far — returning to the role in a Charity Special with David Tennant in 2007, watching as his daughter was cast as the Doctor's Daughter in 2008, and then giving away his daughter's hand to David Tennant when she became the Doctor's Wife in real life in 2011.
We're happier than a Sontaran on a suicide mission to be bringing Peter Davison to C2E2 this year, and looking ahead to the show, Davison spoke to us a little bit about what it's like behind the curtain, being a creator at a convention:
C2E2: You travel quite a bit for conventions, and we have to imagine you've got packing your suitcase down to a science. With packing for C2E2 on the horizon, what's the first item you pack or the one item you can't leave home without?
DAVISON: It's got to be the iPad, loaded with films and TV that I never get the time to watch at home. There's something especially guilt free about watching on a plane or in a hotel room. There's no nasty feeling you should be doing something more useful.
C2E2: What are the best and worst things about traveling for a convention?
DAVISON: The best is getting to see cities and places you might otherwise not see. For me, there aren't really any good things about the actual travelling, especially by air. If I had the time, I would take the train or go by ship.
C2E2: Fans rush about C2E2 and Chicago as if it's nerd Mardi Gras, but what's a convention like as a guest?
DAVISON: Mainly I stick to the panels and signings, but I make a point of walking around the various convention areas at least once during my time there. People are generally too busy looking at stalls to notice you. If I'm on my own, I don't generally go out at night except for food. If I know someone else there, it's a different matter.
C2E2: Are there any specific Chicago sights, experiences, restaurants, or museums you hope to check out while at C2E2?
DAVISON: I'd like to go up the Sears Tower or whatever it's called now. Maybe a stroll up Michigan Avenue. And perhaps get down to Navy Pier.
C2E2: While you're probably most known for Doctor Who, what other projects of yours do you encourage fans to check out?
DAVISON: Campion, The Last Detective, and At Home with the Braithwaites.
C2E2: What are your upcoming projects? Will you be talking about any at C2E2?
DAVISON: At the moment I'm filming Law and Order UK. Which was just renewed.
C2E2: Approaching a guest of your caliber can be a daunting thing. Any recommendations or words of advice for a sheepish fan nervous about seeing you at C2E2?
DAVISON: Don't be! It's much nicer to be approached than pointed at. Never say "My mother is a big fan".
C2E2: What's the most rewarding thing for you about interacting with fans at a con?
DAVISON: Generally it's hard to tire of being told how people love your work and how great they think you are. But also they also know so much more about the shows I've done than I can remember.
C2E2: If you weren't working in pop culture, what do you think you'd be doing for a living?
DAVISON: I'd be living in a cardboard box on a London street.
C2E2: Cake or pie?
A big thank you to Peter Davison for taking the time to chat with us. He'll be signing all three days at C2E2, which is just three new episodes of Doctor Who away!
About The Author:
Peter Tatara is the International Director of Content and Marketing for ReedPOP. During his time at Reed, he's planned on-air contests with Cartoon Network, hosted Twitter scavenger hunts around New York City, and bought Joss Whedon a sandwich. In his spare time, he runs a calendar of geeky New York City events called Nerd York City. Follow him at @petertatara and @nerdyorkcity.