No Doctor Who Panel At ComicCon

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.

Are You Artistic?

BBC America will have a booth at San Diego Comic-Con showcasing fan art again this year.  Would you like your art shown?  All you have to do is submit it, and it could happen!

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Smith Sings Who Theme

Matt Smith “singing” the Doctor Who theme at WizardWorld ComicCon in Louisville, Kentucky:

Fans Get Engaged With Smith And Gillan

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were recently at Louisville ComicCon and while doing a photo-op session a couple of fans got engaged right in front of them.:

Gillan even took to Twitter after to share the news, so it must’ve made some sort of impression.

Even MORE Smith At New Orleans ComicCon!

Favorite moments:

Filming his last scene:

Matt and the Doctor similar?

The Eleventh Hour and Fish Fingers & Custard

Favorite Animals:

Companion

Trade for Who

More Smith From New Orleans ComicCon

Intro and his friend: (excuse the screaming)

What number is Capaldi?:

Talking about his Regeneration:

Silence Question:

The one word question:

Scariest Episode:

Smith Doesn’t Want River With 12

From Doctor Who TV:

Will River Song return for more adventures with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor? It’s unclear at present, but one thing is for sure, Matt Smith isn’t so keen on the idea.

Speaking at a Q&A panel at last weekend’s New Orleans Comic Con, he said: “Don’t ask. I’m really possessive over Alex [Kingston]. I said this to Steven [Moffat]. I was like, ‘Listen, just don’t! Just not Alex. Anyone else, but don’t give [Capaldi] River.’ But Peter is the Doctor now so hey, what can I do?”

He adds: “I think that Steven will be planning things that are going to unfold over years and I think he’ll reinvent the folklore, and it will become Peter’s folklore.

“But I am really proud of the fact that Alex was part of number Eleven’s life. My wife!”

And just because I’m awesome 😉 I went out and found the video too!