Deadline Hollywood are reporting that PETER CAPALDI – the current Doctor (for now, obviously) – will be taking to the stage for one final hurrah at San Diego Comic-Con (Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd July 2017; Preview Night 19th July). DOCTOR WHO will be part of BBC America’s presentation to take place in Hall H, with Deadline hearing that the panel will run on the Sunday of the convention.
Two years ago, Capaldi, JENNA COLEMAN (Clara Oswald, the Doctor’s companion at the time) and MICHELLE GOMEZ (Missy) took the roof off the biggest presentation room at SDCC in a storming panel, full of innuendo and good humour. The question becomes, whether we will be introduced on stage to the next person to occupy the TARDIS, as Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is scheduled to bow out in tomorrow night’s finale, ‘The Doctor Falls’.
DOCTOR WHO has become one of the biggest draws at San Diego Comic-Con over the past six years, consistently justifying the huge venue allocation. While the relationship has not always been the closest, the show and Comic-Con in recent years have patched up their differences and fans will be delighted to hear of the Timelord’s return to the stage in 2017.
Who is not the only BBC America property to make its way into the cavernous Hall H: DIRK GENTLY, based on the character created by DOUGLAS ADAMS, and show-run by Max Landis, starring SAMUEL BARNNET and Elijah Wood, will be making it its Hall H debut directly after the WHO panel, graduating from Room 6BCF. While the show has been a tremendous hit and fans of the show will be thrilled to learn of the room upgrade, many in Hall H will be experiencing the character of the holistic detective for the first time and Landis and team will be happy for the exposure. Landis, fellow EP and showrunner Robert Cooper, leads Barnett and Wood and fellow cast members Hannah Marks and Fiona Dourif are expected to take to the stage.
As Deadline observes, this could quite easily be heralded as the Douglas Adams Panel, with the late writer having the strong commonality between the two properties (Adams served as WHO‘s Script Editor – effectively running the show – for a spell in the ’70s). Expect there to be plenty of references to towels peppered throughout the presentation.