'Doctor Who': Matt Smith tells Comic-Con about 'Let's Kill Hitler' and River Song payoff

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matt-smith-doctor-who-comic-con-panel-1.jpgThe real "Doctor Who" fun doesn't start at Comic-Con until Sunday (July 24), when stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan join writer (and "Being Human" creator) Toby Whithouse and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis for a panel in Hall H.

But that didn't stop Smith from making an early appearance at the TV Guide Fan Favorite panel, where he slipped a few teases about the upcoming second half of Season 6 and indulged in a little time travel fantasizing.

When asked about his favorite episode in his two-year tenure as the Doctor, he confessed that it's still to come. "The next episode... 'Let's Kill Hitler,'" says Smith. "[Creator] Steven [Moffat] is in fine form, and there's a great monster, which is important."

As for the mid-season finale, which finally revealed the identity of River Song ( Alex Kingston), Smith thought the Doctor would have caught on sooner. "I find out quite sort of late, he says, "but I thought it was good payoff... Going into the next part of the season, there's some real good River stuff and some real good River/Doctor stuff."

Looking back on his experience on the show so far, which will now take him into at least 2013, Smith says seeing all the fans at Comic-Con is just another reminder of how surreal tackling the role has been for him has been. "It was bizarre really, because, obviously no one had a clue who i was," he says. "It was daunting, but good pressure."

Smith, who announced that Doctor #2 Patrick Troughton is his all-time favorite, finished by telling guests where he'd go if he had a real Tardis.

"I'd go to Atlantis and see if that's just... going down," he says, "And I would go and visit the dinosaurs but I would pick up Frank Sinatra along the way."
Photo/Video credit: BBC America