With several Doctor Who specials starring David Tennant coming to BBC America starting in the latter half of June, the excitement amongst fans is building.

The first of the bunch is oddly a Christmas special titled “The Next Doctor,” with David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan. It’s airing on June 27th.  The next special to air after that one is titled “Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead” followed by “Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars” later on in 2009. Following these, the final two 2 specials will air.

In support of these last episodes with David Tennant, some cool things are going to happen for fans who will be attending the 2009 edition of Comic-Con in San Diego.

On Sunday July 26th, a Doctor Who panel will be held from 10:00-11:00am PT.  For those who will be there, it should be quite the experience.

On the panel will be a few folks I think we’ve heard of.

  • David Tennant (The 10th Time Lord)
  • Russell T Davies (Writer / executive producer)
  • Julie Gardner (Executive producer)
  • Euros Lyn (Director)

What’s special about this appearance is that this is the first time that folks representing Doctor Who-based talent have ever shown up at Comic-Con and Screen Rant will be there for those of you who can’t make it.

At the panel, they are going to chat about the latest incarnation of the good Doctor and there will be a few “exclusive sneak peeks from the upcoming specials.

In addition to the panel, BBC America will be on the convention floor in booth number 3629.

Torchwood Panel

Torchwood will be making a return appearance at the 2009 Comic-Con on Sunday July 26th, at 2:15-3:45pm PT.   On that panel will be

  • John Barrowman (Star of Torchwood), writer/executive producer
  • Russell T Davies (writer/executive producer)
  • Julie Gardner (executive producer)
  • Euros Lyn (Director)


If you’ve managed to land tickets for the sold-out weekend and are looking for something to do, you might be able to catch back to back episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood.

Torchwood: Children of Earth and a U.S. premiere viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of the four specials coming to BBC America will be shown for those who make the screenings.


If you have a need for collectibles*, Underground Toys at booth #3949 will have their entire Doctor Who and Torchwood lines of toys and novelty items plus some limited edition Comic-Con action figures for sale.

*I understand the need for collectibles.  I still have around 800 NASCAR diecasts left over from my “haze of a craze” collecting spell.  Cripes, I even have quarter panels from the cars!

BBC America Panels And Autograph Schedules

Below is a collection of days and times that show who is where for what panels and autograph sessions.  Aside from the Doctor Who talent, there are folks showing up from a few other shows also.

There will be talent appearances from BBC AMERICA’s new sci fi drama, Being Human. and creators-stars from the BAFTA-nominated comedy, The Mighty Boosh.

The schedules, as they stand at press time, are:

Friday, July 24

4:45-5:45pm The Mighty Boosh panel:
Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown will be on hand.
Location: Room 6A

3:30-4:30pm The Mighty Boosh autograph session:
Location: In the Autograph Area.

Saturday, July 25

3:00-4:00pm Being Human autographs:
Toby Whithouse, Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner will be signing autographs.
Location:  The BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).

7:30-10:00pm Torchwood / Doctor Who Screenings:
Key talent from both shows will be on hand to introduce the last episode of the five part series titled Torchwood: Children of Earth and there will be an advance viewing of the special, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead.
Location:  Room 6A

Sunday, July 26

10:00-11:00am Doctor Who panel:
Actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn and executive producer Julie Gardner will be on hand.  Exclusive clips and a Q&A session will take place.
Location: Ballroom 20

2:15-3:45pm Being Human / Torchwood panel
Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and cast members Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner will be on stage.

Following that, Torchwood actor John Barrowman, creator/writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn will take the stage to talk about the epic five-night television event Torchwood: Children of Earth.  They will also be taking questions from you, the fans.
Location: Room 6BCF

In Closing

This sounds like a mild dream-come-true for Doctor Who or Torchwood fans.  For those of you who have tickets for the weekend, you will have much to talk about with your friends when you get back home.

My plans are to attend the Doctor Who panel.  Does anyone have any ideas or questions you might want me to try and ask?  No promises but if I do get the opportunity, I will probably only get one question out there.

Let the comments and question requests fly!

Source:  BBC America