After the headaches from battling the cyber-crowds for registration to San Diego Comic-Con, then surviving the absolute debacle known as Hotel-Apocalypse, and finally snagging your parking pass from those lovely people over at ACE Parking, we have finally reached that magical time of year when SDCC announcements start dropping like new Tupac albums after he “died”. With a little over a month left until hundreds of thousands of out-of-towners descend upon the streets of San Diego as they make their way to Geek Mecca, the first Hall H panel has been revealed, thanks to BBC. If you are a fan of Doctor Who (and how could you not be??), it looks like you will want to be one of the thousands sitting in Hall H on Thursday, July 9.
The news comes straight from BBC America, as well as straight from the Doctor’s mouth, which makes it as official as it can be without officially being official. Peter Capaldi, the latest actor to board the TARDIS as everyone’s favorite Time Lord, for his part, seems to be very excited to be joining the pop culture event of the year:
“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.”
That’s fair. At least he knows what he is in for when he makes his way to the West Coast.
The Doctor will be joined by the Impossible Girl, Clara (the lovely Jenna Coleman), and the Doctor’s ultimate foe, The Mistress (played wickedly by Michelle Gomez). No word on the time of the panel but the last time the BBC staple hit the convention back in 2013, the 6,500 seat Hall H was packed to the gills and many who had waited in line for hours were unable to get in to the event. That may have been due to the 50th Anniversary of the series but chances are good that if you want to get in to see the cast in the (rebel) flesh, you may want to bring a comfortable chair for the wait and, possibly, a sleeping bag, so that you can get in line Wednesday night. Or, take your chances and show up 20 minutes before the panel. I’m not your boss.
San Diego Comic-Con will release the official schedule around the last week or two of June but until then, you can be sure that panel confirmations from the guests themselves will start pouring in as the event approaches.
Will you be attending the Doctor Who panel at SDCC? What time do you plan to get in line? Are there any other properties you hope will show up in Hall H this year?