This spring’s MCM Comic Con was held on 27-29 May at London/s ExCeL Centre. The MCM Comic Con is held twice a year and features anime, science fiction, games, as well as a huge comics village for artists. There are many other exhibitors selling figures, toys, shirts, and collectables. The lineup included actors from the Big Bang Theory, Jesse Eisenberg, Marvel, plenty of panels, Game of Thrones, and cosplay. There were several special guests from the Doctor Who world, such as Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, Hugh Spight, who appeared as the Black Dalek along with Warwick Davis, beloved as Porridge, who was happy to speak with Blogtor Who about his experiences on Doctor Who.
Warwick Davis, who starred in ‘Willow’, the Star Wars franchise, and in the television show ‘Idiot Abroad and Life’s Too Short’, is best known to Doctor Who fans as Porridge, the Emperor of the Known Universe. Davis played Porridge in the episode Nightmare in Silver, alongside the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and companion Clara (Jenna Oswald).
Davis has appeared in so many science fiction favourites, but he stressed that he ‘has a soft spot for Doctor Who. Being on Doctor Who was one of the items on my bucket list. I did a lap on Top Gear,’ he laughed, ‘and being on Doctor Who was a goal that I thought would be an unattainable goal. I dropped lots of hints. It’s so hard to get close to someone from Doctor Who.’
Enter comics genius Neil Gaiman, who wrote the script for A Nightmare in Silver. The role of the Emperor of the Known Universe could only be played by one actor: Warwick Davis. ‘I played the role of the Emperor of the Known Universe,’ Davis recounted. ‘I try to be an ordinary guy. And the episode has the Cybermen, which epitomised the bad guys. They used to make me hide behind the sofa when I was a kid.’
Davis appeared in only one episode of Doctor Who, but his role as Porridge has become a huge fan favorite. ‘They (the fans) seem to have adopted him, which is a really nice feeling.’ Davis dreams of having his own talk show – naturally, called Small Talk – and another dream is to revisit Porridge. When asked by Blogtor Who if he would want to return, the answer was a resounding yes. ‘What does the Emperor of the Known Universe get up to?’ he joked. ‘What posh occasions does he have to attend?’
Perhaps fans of the Emperor will help trend #bringbackporridge.
This year’s MCM Comic Con hosted a record-breaking 133,000 visitors. The next London MCM Comic Con will be held on 28-30 October. See the MCM Comic Con portal for the upcoming dates in many cities, such as Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester, and Hannover.