If you’re a Doctor Who fan planning on attending San Diego Comic-Con next month, you might want to brace yourself. BBC America has confirmed that there will not be a Doctor Who panel at SDCC 2014.
Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will make their debut US appearance later this summer in New York City as part of a worldwide tour that spans seven cities on five continents over a week and a half.
The folks at The Unofficial SDCC Blog spoke to BBC America and learned that while there won’t be a panel, BBCA will still have its usual booth presence. You’ll still be able to stock up on Doctor Who merch and exclusive items. Diamond is even putting out exclusive SDCC comic variants (below) featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in San Diego’s Gaslamp District right outside the convention center.
As of yet there’s no word on an offsite fan meetup, but after last year’s successful event, I’d be surprised if it didn’t happen.
Ask anyone who’s attended Comic-Con and been privy to a Doctor Who panel what it was like and you’ll hear a tale that is equal parts weird and special. In the hallowed space known as Hall H, a sea of Doctor Who fans gather. Many are dressed in accordance with their favorite doctor. No where else will you see so many fedoras, bow ties, and decorative long scarfs. You’ll also see a few Daleks roving around with fans stuffed inside the body of the mechanical monstrosity mouthing “Exterminate” to any who dare stumble in their path. Even the TARDIS is usually represented by a fan or two that don’t mind navigating the convention in such cumbersome cosplay. Fans sit waiting and start to hoot, holler and eventually drum in unison in anticipation. Yes, drumming – a 4 tap succession echoes throughout the hall. There’s nothing quite like it.
The Doctor Who panel has become a staple of Hall H’s Sunday programming over the last few years. This leaves a huge hole in the schedule for Comic-Con’s largest room. At least for the moment, SDCC attendees can take small, small consolation that they might get a couple extra hours of sleep on Saturday night. But odds are that spot’s long been filled with something huge and wonderful that will tempt you to sleep in line overnight.
Here’s hoping this panel makes its return to SDCC in 2015.