Well, it’s official: they let me back into Fan Expo Canada for the second year in a row. I guess I’m a veteran now, but of course I still managed to get lost. Come on, over 129,000 people packed those halls during the four-day event (Sept. 1-4). The largest fan convention in Canada, this year’s Fan Expo was especially popular with fans because of big names like Stan Lee, Mark Hamill and William Shatner, and Star Trek ruling the event as the franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary. But I was there to track down some of our favorites, and I think you’ll agree the convention delivered. Any fans of Katie Cassidy, Alex Kingston, Freema Agyeman, Hayley Atwell, Gillian Anderson, Carmilla and Wynonna Earp up in here? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Let’s start with Katie. Was Laurel the Lance sister I really wanted? Okay no, but remember when Katie got hot and heavy with another woman in an otherwise forgettable thriller? Well, there’s that, but she also has the Caity Lotz goods because they’ve lived together. Sadly, she didn’t go into much detail there, but she did share that both Caity and Danielle Panabaker of The Flash are “really good roommates” and “awesome girls.”
But for those who ship Laurel with a certain lady or ladies (I see you, fan fiction), you’ll be excited to hear Katie is super prepared to get back into her gear after recently signing a deal that will see her appear across Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
And speaking of Arrow, Mama Lance aka Dr. Elizabeth Corday aka River Song aka Alex Kingston was at Fan Expo this year as well. I’ll be honest, I’ve been particularly interested in finding out more about Alex since Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat’s revelation that River Song is bisexual.
I’m thinking her Kinglets (Alex’s dedicated fan base who have traveled all over the world to meet her and each other) are interested in much more than that, but I’m also convinced a strong contingent of them are queer too. But I wonder what they think about Alex’s somewhat controversial thoughts on a female Doctor.
“I don’t know if the Doctor should be any gender,” she said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.”
But then she explained herself:
“I think that if you keep the Doctor male, what it does is it actually gives whoever is the writer on the show fantastic opportunity to create strong female characters who are characters who then interact with the Doctor.”