When Matt Smith came to FanX 2016!!
So I am a huge Doctor Who fan, and my favorite doctor is 11. Matt Smith is utterly fantastic! During FanX 2015 Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Billie Piper were in Salt Lake, but I made an incredibly dumb choice and thought that I would be able to buy a ticket to the Ultimate Doctor Who Experience the following day after they became available…. Big mistake! The tickets, of course, were sold out. But when I found out that Matt Smith was coming back to SLC for FanX 2016 I knew that this was my chance! I bought a ticket for his photo op as soon as it became available, I wasn’t about to make the same mistake again! And then I proceeded to wait, impatiently I might add, for FanX 2016 to come around.
My photo op was scheduled for Saturday March 26, 2016, so of course that day I dressed up like 11. (I made my fez, and dyed my jacket brown. I’m kinda proud of that. 😀 ) Can I just say that the waiting area for the the photo op was crazy?! I’m talking about the before you line up for the photos. I want to give a huge shout out to all the volunteers! They must have the patience of a saint because I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Once I was in line I was exceedingly impressed with how fast everything was. I’ve done a couple photo ops before at cons and this was by far the best! They really have stepped up and improved the process. Before you would be waiting in line for forever! I think I was maybe in line for 20-25 minutes or so.
A word of advice for photos, have in mind what you want to do in the photo. For example, if you want to do a certain pose or something. Because you really don’t have a ton of time with them. They tend to move through the photos really fast. And if your’re anything like me you’re mind goes completely blank except for “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. oh MY GOODNESS!!!” (I’m one of THOSE annoying fangirls. I almost passed out after talking to Tom Felton. Usually I can hold it together until after I walk away, then I freak out) so be sure to plan ahead. Also, look up photos that the celebrities have done in the past. This way you can have some inkling of what the celebrities will be willing to do in the photo.
When Matt Smith came to FanX 2016
When it was my turn for a photo the first thing that Matt said to me was, “Hello Doctor”. Cue internal squealing!! I asked him if I could give him a hug for the photo and he said yes!! He puts one arm around me and I thought it was just going to be those one armed hugs type things, then he puts the other arm around me and pulls me into a real hug!!! I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!
They took the picture and called for next, but Matt was still hugging me. 😀 I think they may have called for the next person a again but I really wasn’t paying attention. 😉 Matt pulled me in a tighter for a little bit and then he let me go. Then of course he thanked me because he is so exceedingly nice! I told him that he is my favorite Doctor, and then I walked away to go pick up my photo. Where I then proceeded to freak out because MATT SMITH JUST HUGGED ME!!!!!