Tomorrow, Asylum of the Daleks will be premiered at the British Film Institute in London. We’ll be there on the day to bring you pictures and videos of the event itself.
And we’re delighted to confirm that Executive Producer Caro Skinner will be our guest ‘tweeter’ tomorrow, posting throughout the day and the evening itself on the official Doctor Who twitter account. She’ll be bringing you the latest news as it emerges and offering a unique view of events as they unfold.
May we also suggest following her regular Twitter account ALL THE TIME?
Karen and The Babes.
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The line to get into the 1pm Doctor Who panel began outside Hall H around 8pm the night before. If you wanted to get a place in the 6500 seat auditorium, you had to get there early, very early. By the time the panel was about to begin, this audience was so excited they started clapping out the rhythm of the Master’s drums and once Moffat and the cast got on stage there was an extremely loud standing ovation.
The panel was producers Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner, as well as the Doctor (Matt Smith) and the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.)
It’s well known that Amy and Rory Pond will be leaving the show in a meeting with the Weeping Angels half way through this season, so in a way this was a Comic Con good-bye to them. They showed the extremely moving clip from “The Girl Who Waited” where Amy is telling Rory why he needs to leave her while she is outside the TARDIS and he is inside. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Karen spoke of her leaving the show and said she cried for two weeks straight after she left. But don’t worry you’ll see more of both her and Arthur as they have many projects coming up. The most exciting for Who fans is probably “Broadchurch” in which Arthur will be working with David Tennant. It is also written by Who writer, Chris Chibnall.
They all spoke a lot about how one of the main themes of Doctor Who is the idea of regeneration and change. That it’s about learning to love characters and learning that we have to let them go.…
A few things I learned at this panel:Moffat promises lots of variety in the upcoming series. Westerns, tragedy, Weeping Angels, dinosaurs, Daleks, lots and lots of Daleks.
1. When Matt started the show he was given a handbook describing all the various areas of the TARDIS, what they were for, and what all the buttons and levers are for. How much do you want to own this handbook?
2. Only Moffat knows what the Doctor’s name is and why we can’t know it. He will not tell us why.
3. Moffat won’t say if he is planning on an episode with multiple Doctors or not.
4. Moffat said of River Song, “You can’t trust that woman.”
5. The alliance of evil that got together at the Pandorica will not reconvene, according to Moffat.
6. Both Karen and Matt’s favorite guest character on the show was Vincent van Gogh (can you blame them?) Karen and Arthur’s favorite costumes were the Kiss-a-Gram and Centurion respectively (again, duh!)
7. Karen is an amazing bowler even though she has never bowled before this week and has terrible form that involves yelping when she releases the ball.
8. All the cast members have taken souvenirs from the TARDIS. David Tennant kept his sonic screwdriver.
For the second year running, there was a Whovian Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con. Sonic screwdriver-brandishing fans packed Hall H for a panel that featured Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat, and executive producer Caroline Skinner. The atmosphere was as electric as panels past, with zings of oddball wit from überfan and moderator Chris Hardwick from The Nerdist.
But amongst all of the cheers and celebration, there was an inescapable feeling of sadness. After all, the upcoming season of Doctor Who will see the departure of the Doctor’s beloved companions the Ponds – played by Gillan and Darvill.
Karen and The Babes in San Diego: DW panel @ Comic-Con
An exclusive first look inside the BBC America Press Room via Anglophenia.
Visit the Anglophenia blog later today for a full recap.
Over the years, Doctor Who fans have become well-acquainted with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat. But this year’s San Diego Comic-Con has offered many American Whovians their first chance to press the flesh with new executive producer Caroline Skinner (whose first Who work we saw in the 2011 Christmas special). The former EP of the BAFTA-winning The Fades turned up at BBC America’s booth today (July 14) for a signing, and she immediately showed off her skills with a Sharpie with her sketch of a Dalek on the signing table.
Come by the BBC America booth and say “Humany-Wumany” and we’ll give you a ticket.
But hurry, there are only a few left!
Booth signings with The Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick on Thursday, Doctor Who Executive Producer Caroline Skinner on Saturday, Merlin’s Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath on Saturday, and demos of Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock every day.
The BBC America @ San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Superpost: Doctor Who, The Nerdist, new merch, and more!
BBC America is excited to announce our return to San Diego Comic-Con with a Doctor Who panel in Hall H, new exclusive merchandise, and special events at the BBC America booth #3629!
Here are the full details:
Doctor Who Panel and Q&A
Sunday, July 15, 12:30-1:30pm
BBC AMERICA’s (@BBCAMERICA) Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their triumphant return to Comic-Con for a panel and Q&A moderated by Doctor Who pundit and creator of the Nerdist, Chris Hardwick. They will be joined by star Arthur Darvill, who’s making his first pilgrimage to SDCC, along with award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades). As fans eagerly await the new season’s premiere, BBC AMERICA has learned that Steven Moffat and team will be bringing something very special with them to reveal to fans in Hall H.
Matt Smith to appear on TV Guide’s Fan Favorite Panel
Saturday, July 14, 1:00-2:00pm
Hilton San Diego Bayfront - Indigo Ballroom
TV Guide magazine returns with another all-star panel. Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV’s hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Nathan Fillion (Castle), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Joel McHale (Community), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Maggie Q (Nikita), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and others.
BBC America & Tumblr Present The Doctor Who Tumblr Meetup
Saturday, July 14, 2:00-4:00pm
Basic - 410 10th Avenue, San Diego
Tumblr loves Whovians and Whovians love Tumblr! Join us Saturday for a celebration of the Doctor Who community at the first ever Official Doctor Who Tumblr Meetup. There will be Cosplay! Giveaways! and (of course) an animated gif photo booth! For details and RSVP, check out the Official Doctor Who Tumblr.
The Nerdist Celebrates Comic-Con on BBC America
New world premiere specials of BBC AMERICA’s The Nerdist kick off with two back-to-back programs on Saturday, July 28 - The Nerdist: Comic-Con at 9:00pm ET/PT and The Nerdist: Tribute to Toys & Games at 10:00pm ET/PT. Host Chris Hardwick joins special guests in a comedic roundtable discussion of all the things that nerds love, from pop culture to news, tech trends and more.
The Nerdist continues in August with premieres of The Nerdist: Tribute to Science on Saturday, August 4, 10:00pm ET/PT. In The Nerdist: Tribute to Nerd Girls on Saturday, August 11, 10:00pm ET/PT and The Nerdist: Tribute to Time Travel featuring COPPER’s Tom Weston-Jones, premiering Saturday August 18, 10:00pm ET/PT.
Announcing a new series of Doctor Who specials!
Ahead of the new season of Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA will premiere new Doctor Who specials - The Science of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who, The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who, and The Destinations of Doctor Who - as part of the Supernatural Saturday programming block starting Saturday, August 4, 9:00pm ET/PT.
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 including: bobble heads, a lunchbox with travel mug and multiple t-shirt styles.
Liveblogging, Livetumblring, and Livetweeting all of Comic-Con
The Doctor Who Tumblr, Anglophenia, and @BBCAmerica will continue their tradition of liveblogging the BBC America experience at Comic-Con! Follow them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for real time updates and announcements from Doctor Who, The Nerdist, Copper, and more!
We will be updating this post with new events as soon as they’re confirmed so come back.
We confirmed back in March that the Daleks would be returning to menace the universe and even posted a few sneaky photos smuggled from set! Since then, Steven Moffat (Doctor Who’s lead writer and Executive Producer) has confirmed that the adventure will feature every kind of Dalek ever faced by the Time Lord – including the legendary Special Weapons Dalek!
The title of the new story has already increased the excitement building around it. Could the ‘asylum’ be a place or is it some sort of protection? Or does the word take on a new and sinister meaning in this adventure? It’s too early to say but we’re having fun speculating! In the meantime, we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out the answer to the crucial question: What is the Asylum of the Daleks?
Executive Producer Caro Skinner wasn’t giving much away but she did tell us, ‘This is an epic Dalek adventure that kicks off the new series in explosive style! If you think you know all there is to know about the Daleks, think again…’