It’s been announced that the new season of Doctor Who will air August 23rd! With previous information suggesting October, this is fantastic news. On top of that, we have a new trailer for the episode, although it’s very lacking in any real insight to what we can expect. Still, it’s a trailer, and that makes me very, very happy!
From the San Diego ComicCon Unofficial Blog, there will not be a Doctor Who panel at ComicCon this year! I’m very glad I wasn’t able to attend, as this would be my main reason for heading to SDCC:
The line for Hall H may have just gotten a whole lot shorter on Sunday.
On Tuesday, June 10, BBC America and the BBC Worldwide announced a global Doctor Who tour to promote the upcoming season, with the tour coming to New York City on August 14. In the press release, it was mentioned that “Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will appear together for the first time in the US when they arrive in New York”. The only problem with that? San Diego Comic-Con is nearly a month earlier, on July 24-27.
So what does that mean for Doctor Who‘s appearance at the convention? Nothing good, as it turns out.
A representative at BBC America confirmed to us that there will indeed be no Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
While there’s still likely to be some Doctor Who happenings around the convention – BBC has already called for fan art to decorate its booth, which typically sells Doctor Who themed merchandise, and last year also saw an offsite fan meetup for the 50th Anniversary – there definitely won’t be a panel at this year’s event. And considering the announcement about Capaldi and Coleman’s first US appearance being in August, we don’t expect any festivities BBC America has planned to include the two stars on site.
Doctor Who had previously skipped SDCC in 2010, in a year that would have also introduced fans to a new doctor (the then first-timer Matt Smith). Since its 2011 return, the show had gotten an upgrade to Hall H on Sundays, the day when some of the most anticipated television shows (Supernatural, Community, Breaking Bad) have taken over. Doctor Who is typically considered the linchpin of that line-up, so it will be interesting to see how its loss affects Sunday’s programming schedule this year.
While the loss of Doctor Who is unfortunate, we still fully expect BBC America to have the same level of involvement in the convention as they have in previous years. We already know that they will once again have a booth, and we wouldn’t be surprised by panel appearances from Orphan Black (assuming the show is renewed for a third season) or the upcoming paranormal series The Intruders, starring John Simm and Mira Sorvino.
Doctor Who TV quotes Colin Baker as saying that David Tennant and Matt Smith are the reason that girls are now watching Doctor Who.
I disagree! Though I enjoy watching them both (not to fangirl here, but they’re both attractive men, not to mention great actors) this particular girl is not watching because of them. I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was a kid, and am a huge fan of “old Who”, when the actors weren’t considered sex symbols like they are now. It was the show itself that drew me in – the stories, the characters – and not an actor’s pretty face.
Personally, I find it a little insulting that he would suggest that girls/women wouldn’t appreciate the story and would only watch because of a man. I will admit there are fangirls like that, but I think if the show was terrible even the fangirls wouldn’t watch purely for looks. And if that’s what he thinks, shouldn’t he be suggesting that men are watching just for the companions?
Read the full piece and see what you think:
Sixth Doctor Colin Baker has said that David Tennant and Matt Smith are responsible for bringing a female following to Doctor Who.
Speaking to RCNTV about Peter Capaldi, he said: “Peter’s a grown up, not like all these bloody kids who’ve been playing it for the past 10 years! I’m glad an older actor has been asked to play the part.
“To be fair to both David and Matt they may be young in years but their performances convinced me they were 900-years-old going on a 1000.”
He adds: “And they’ve got a female market now as a result of those two young guys. Girls are now watching it. Hopefully they will continue to once they see and older man playing the part.”
Ever wonder what Doctor you are? Wonder no more! There’s a quiz for that, obviously…
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In case you wondered (and I’m sure you didn’t) I got the 1st Doctor… Although I fancy myself more of a 10 or a 4. What did you get, and do you think you should have been assigned something else?