The old (and painfully overused) adage says to go big or go home, and Peter Capaldi and the Doctor Who crew certainly won’t be going home — at least not until after their appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this year. After skipping last year due to the filming of Series 8, the first starring Capaldi as the Doctor, and going on their own world tour, the cast and crew of the SDCC staples will be returning, with a panel in the mythic Hall H on Thursday, July 9th.
Joining Capaldi, who has never been to Comic-Con before, will be stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and Michelle Gomez (Missy), executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat, and executive producer Brian Minchin. While generally very tight-lipped about, well, everything, one would imagine there’ll be some sort of rough trailer for Series 9 or some other exclusive clip. If it’s anything like 2013, The Moff will beseech fans not to pirate it, the way he did for the “Day of the Doctor” rough trailer. Only a few thousand people get to see this stuff. Lucky sods.
Of his first appearance at Comic-Con, Capaldi said:
“Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It’s become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H, is a further twist to the cosplay and comic madness I may never recover from.”
Yeah, that seems like an understatement. Although, if he’s anything like his predecessor Matt Smith, Comic-Con will prove so alluring that you’ll go back even when you aren’t on the show anymore; some of us Nerdist folk saw the former Eleventh Doctor roaming the streets of San Diego last year. Can’t stay away.
The new series will premiere this fall with the two-part Moffat-written adventure “The Magician’s Assistant/The Witch’s Familiar” which will see Missy’s return to the show following her super awesome proper debut in the Series 8 two-part finale. Hattie MacDonald, who directed the Hugo-winning “Blink” in Series 3, has returned to direct those two episodes.
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