Of course! Below is a random list of tidbits I gleaned from Billie’s two Q&As, her photo op, and her autograph signing — just off the top of my head. I didn’t attend any non-Billie parts of the con, which I’m sure is shocking to no one.
- She said Doomsday was extremely emotional to film because it truly felt like the end, and because she felt like she was speaking the words not only as Rose to the Doctor but to David as a friend.
- Her features were much more striking/severe/gorgeous in person than in photos.
- Her favorite of Rose’s outfits was the dress in The Idiot’s Lantern because she got to lose the jeans and tees and “feel girly.”
- Tooth and Claw was one of the few episode names she knew, and she said that was a laugh to film because they got to watch a guy in a bright green lycra suit run around in place of the CGI werewolf.
- She and Matt Smith had drinks the other night and got very drunk.
- She was stressed when speaking about Penny Dreadful because it’s a “spoiler minefield,” but said she loved working with all of the esteemed actors in the cast and thinks the show has staying power for years to come.
- She chose David over Chris as the better kisser because, ”I think I’ve kissed David more and so I think we are more well practiced, well versed and, therefore, our technique is somewhat better.” Mmhmm.
- She’s very excited for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and loves Jenna as Clara.
- She took Winston into a TARDIS once and told him it flies and he got really scared and started crying.
- She is finding theater work the most rewarding at the moment and would happily act at the National for the rest of her life if they’d let her.
- Someone asked about the duality of Hannah vs. Belle (in SDOACG) and Billie said she thought Hannah chose the Belle side of her personality over love/happiness because her profession defined her so much, and that she related to that aspect of the character. (Whoring aside ofc.)
- She popped in a stick of gum halfway through each Q&A and proceeded to fiddle with the wrapper for the rest of the session.
- She said she liked the subtlety of her Doomsday send off and ruminated on how that subtlety would have been lost had Moffat written Rose’s goodbye.
- She also talked about how she finds Moffat’s Who really confusing and said David had to help her figure out the 50th script. She sidestepped a question asking if she was disappointed to come back as The Moment and not Rose, but said David, Matt, John Hurt, etc helped her with that role in the 50th.
- SO MUCH HAIR FLIPPING AND TWIRLING.
- If she could write an episode of Doctor who it would only be about the Doctor and “companion” (I felt it was pretty clear she meant Rose) just having a chat, finally answering the big “are they or aren’t they?” question. She later was asked about a Rose/Tentoo spin off and was like, yes that’s the sort of episode I’d want to write!
- She said she hates being asked favorites because she’s indecisive and doesn’t like to have to choose between friends (aka Matt/David), but that didn’t stop people from asking those questions. She did get very animated about her favorite London restaurants though — two were a pair of posh sister restaurants and one was The Chicken Shop in Kentish Town.
- She reaaaaalllllyyyyyy wants to do a play in New York.
- The Goonies and The Lost Boys are her favorite fandoms.
- She talked about how David genuinely loves and cares about the character of The Doctor and she admires that so much.
- She’d like to play a mum in the future and move away from sexy roles and do more jeans and t-shirt stuff, though she then made a comment about how that’s not happening any time soon. (Which I took to mean as a hint at upcoming Penny Dreadful sexytimes.)
- She brought her mum (Mandy!) to the con/DC.
- She was drinking a soy latte, which I know thanks to some investigative reporting done by tkross.
- She gave Winston a Doctor Who book that shows photos of Rose running away from some monsters and he was like “mummy that must have been awful!” so she doesn’t think he can make that distinction between his mum and her roles yet. She joked that she should probably take the book away for that reason.
- John Barrowman would try to distract people during their closeups with “trouser-dropping antics.”
- Every once in a while she would use a British term and then ask the crowd if they knew what it meant, getting a resounding “yes!” in response each time.
- Someone asked to film her giving a hard time to their friend who couldn’t make it to the con and she gave them a hysterical guilt trip ending with “you better check yourself.”
- She never had a nightmare about any Who villains but she has had nightmares about the Doctor, namely David yelling “this is the end!”
- She was far far FAR more lovely, charming, funny, kind, and gracious than I ever imagined.
Turned on the news this morning to find out that there was a train robbery. A legit train robbery. Like Old West style. Everyone that got interviewed just burst out laughing. What century is this, really?
There was a bank robbery nearly directly opposite my house a few weeks ago. I stayed up like till 3am watching it like it was a Netflix marathon.
I haven’t read any of his memoirs yet and you’d think I would have by now because of my interest in the 18th Century…
I have to admit I’ve had the memoirs on my bookshelves for about five years and haven’t yet finished it.
There’s like three posts of French Toast on my dash right now. It’s okay to make French Toast at 3am, right?