Before anyone panics, Benedict Cumberbatch has made our Round of 16 in our tournament of Anglophile fan favorites. But the odds-on favorite to winning it all was less than one percentage point from being out in the first round, which would unquestionably have been the greatest upset in the three years we’ve run this feature.
Our takeaway? Never underestimate the enduring devotion of Richard Armitage fans, who have, each year, impressed us with their amazing mobilization in support of their hero. They almost pulled off the unthinkable in testing the Cumberbabes. So there’s no shame for Armitage in his defeat: he’ll be a formidable presence for years to come.
Cumberbatch was our top vote-getter of last week, which means, according to our rules, he faces Andrew Garfield, who had the lowest vote total of Round 1′s winners. Does the Spider-Man star have the fan support to make this battle competitive, or will he be trounced? Meanwhile, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Martin Freeman, and others have all moved on the Round of 16. (Irishman Andrew Scott squeaked by John Barrowman in another nail-biter.)
Which eight will advance to next week’s quarterfinals? That’s up to you. As always, spread the word, call in reinforcements, and most importantly, VOTE!(Round 2 voting closes Thursday, August 8 at 11 am ET.)
Matt Smith, set to film his last episode as the Doctor, offered fans a sincere “Thank you for your support” today at Doctor Who 50th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con. It was a bittersweet farewell tour for an actor who has won many fans in his four years on the long-running series.
The festivities played to a packed house in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, a 6,500-seat venue. Smith did a balletic leap onto the stage destined to made into a thousand animated GIFs. And he was joined by his companion Jenna Coleman, executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat, and producer Marcus Wilson. As the panel was also a celebration of An Adventure in Space and Time — BBC AMERICA’s upcoming dramatic film depicting the behind-the-scenes early days of Who — writer Mark Gatiss and actor David Bradley were on stage as well.
Craig Ferguson, Scottish funnyman, host of CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a lifelong Whovian, moderated the proceedings, kicking things off with River Song’s trademark “Hello, sweeties.” The panel was dotted with dollops of Ferguson’s brand of cheeky humor. “The people waiting for the Sons of Anarchy panel are very confused right now,” he said…
For the second year in a row, BBC AMERICA held their official Doctor Who meetup at San Diego Comic-Con, gathering a crowd of devoted fans under one roof for a bit of controlled mayhem. People lined up as early as seven hours ahead for the mid-afternoon event at Block 16, a roomy, multi-tiered bar not far from the convention center, which had a stage and full movie screen that allowed for performances and an astonishing video mash-up of 50 years of Doctor Who from DJ Eclectic Method.
Almost every word Matt Smith utters these days makes news, and he had no lack of press coverage after the first day of his final Comic-Con as the Doctor onDoctor Who. We were there as Matt owned the stage at Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors panel, which included Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), fellow Londoner Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), David Guintoli (Grimm), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).
Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, and Mark Gatiss at the Sherlock/Doctor Who BBC America booth signing at San Diego Comic Con 2013.
And you should print it out and laminate it because this is the kind of thing that comes in very handy in life.
Here Is The Doctor Who @ San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Superpost.
So here it is, a list of everything Doctor Who at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. We’ve got the big Doctor Who panel in Hall H, we’ve got exclusive Doctor Who merchandise at the BBC America booth (#3629), and (most excitedly) we’ve got the second annual Whovian party that we like to call the Doctor Who Fan Meetup.
Here are the full details:
BBC America’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary
Sunday, July 21, 12:30-1:30pm
BBC America presents the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel featuring Doctor Whostars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, An Adventure in Space and Time star David Bradley, and award-winning writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss. The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will premiere November 23, on BBC America. As part of the celebrations in November, An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who, with David Bradley starring as the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell.
Matt Smith will appear on Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors
Thursday July 18, 4:45pm - 5:45pm
A new generation of heroes has revitalized television. These daring, dauntless young actors have fans swooning and critics raving. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey(Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set.
BBC America Presents The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fan Meetup
Saturday, July 20, 2:00-4:00pm
Block No. 16, 344 7th Ave, San Diego
Join us Saturday for a celebration of the Doctor Who community at the second ever Official Doctor Who Fan Meetup at Comic-Con. There will be Cosplay! There will be contests! and (of course) a roving Whovian photo booth! For details, check out the Official Doctor Who Tumblr.
A Conversation with Doctor Who @ Nerd HQ
Saturday, July 20, 2:00pm
Petco Park, 7th Ave and K Street, San Diego
Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat stop by NERD HQ to talk all things Doctor Who ahead of the 50th Anniversary Special premiering November 23, 2013 on BBC AMERICA.
Matt Smith to appear on the Nerdist Podcast Live
Saturday, July 20, 9:30pm
Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave, San Diego
The Doctor, one more time before regeneration, back with Chris, Matt, and Jonah… yeah, one for the highlight reel. DO NOT MISS IT.
New and exclusive merchandise at the BBC America Booth (#3629)
Fans of Doctor Who will find an assortment of contemporary and classic licensed merchandise at Comic-Con, available at the BBC AMERICA booth, in addition to officially licensed Doctor Who partners’ booths. The BBC AMERICA booth will also offer fans several product launch exclusives that will be announced later this week.
Liveblogging, Livetumblring, and Livetweeting all of Comic-Con
The Doctor Who Tumblr, the Anglophenia Blog, and @BBCAmerica on Twitter will continue their tradition of liveblogging Doctor Who and the entire BBC family of programming at Comic-Con! Follow us on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for real time updates and announcements from Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and more!
The stretch of time between the announcement of a retiring Doctor Who actor and that of their replacement is a fevered one indeed. Every possible human entertainer with a face is examined by fans as a potential new Time Lord, then given the imaginary walkaround and twirlabout in a fanciful frock coat, and set to virtually run down a make-believe metal corridor to see if they leave the right kind of Gallifreyan chaos in their wake.
That’s what the past week has been like. Some truly bizarre names have already been thrown out there, including Tom Cruise and Simon Cowell. Then, over the weekend, two rumors erupted over the internet, the first claiming it was a three-way tie between Domhnall Gleeson, Daniel Kaluuya and Dominic Cooper, the second claiming Rory Kinnear had definitely got the job.
Samuel West threw his hat into the ring, claiming he had always wanted to play the Doctor, “and Hamlet. And I’ve done Hamlet.”
Radio Times had a poll, which Colin Morgan won.
And Neil Gaiman has expressed a wish that the next Doctor should not be an actor we’re already familiar with.
Meanwhile, Steven Moffat is quoted in the Radio Times as saying, “I haven’t a clue who it is, we’ve barely started.”
Read on for more.
BAFTAs: Steven Moffat on ‘Doctor Who’ Season Finale, 50th Anniversary, and New ‘Sherlock’ | Anglophenia
Doctor Who was feted with a special 50th anniversary tribute at Sunday’s BAFTA TV awards in London, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat was on hand on the red carpet, where he chatted with our own Alan Moloney about Saturday’s highly anticipated season finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” the show’s 50th anniversary special, and the upcoming third season of Sherlock, the PBS adaptation he co-created with Mark Gatiss.
Congratulations are in order for David Tennant, who is now an Emmy nominee!
The actor, set to return to his role as Tenth Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, received his first-ever Emmy nod today (May 1) when the 2013 Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, and it’s for a part for which he never had to show his face. Tennant is up for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for voicing the character of Huyang on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
For more details and a clip from his role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, click this here link.
btw, today’s 'Doctor Who's Day Roundup on Anglophenia includes 25 Who stories that deserve more credit, Five Reasons Why River Song deserves her own spin-off, and an interview with Mark Gatiss about The Crimson Horror.
Oh yeah, and details about these fantastic Doctor Who cookies.
One of the most appealing aspects of Doctor Who is that the reality created within the show is conceptually strong enough to handle the replacement of every single actor in it. This means that fandom and appreciation can be comfortably spread over the entire 50-year run. Second Doctor fans can debate their preferences with Sixth Doctor fans, and no one can be definitively wrong or right.
That said, there are a few good reasons why Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor, often comes out as the most popular of all of the incarnations in the classic series, an affection that sometimes rivals the more recent Doctors too.
Read the rest at Anglophenia
There’s some great info in this week’s Doctor Who’s Day Roundup from Anglophenia.
Go give it a read.
On Tuesday night (February 26) in Liverpool, BBC Worldwide Showcase paid tribute to one of the BBC’s most successful and long-running global franchises, Doctor Who, as the series heads toward its 50th anniversary this November.
Mark Williams (who played Rory’s father Brian in Season 7) hosted the Doctor Who Showcase Symphonic Spectacular, a celebration of Murray Gold’s epic music score for the show. Led by the boyishly Tennant-esque Ben Foster as conductor, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Sense of Sound choir made Gold’s compositions sound even more mythic. The soloists Daniel Keating-Roberts and Elin Manahan Thomas lent their voices to a couple of the numbers; Thomas was particularly moving with her soprano renderings of “Madman with a Box” and the gorgeous “Abigail’s Song.”