Although Doctor Who first began in 1963 (and celebrated its 50th anniversary nearly two years ago), the modern incarnation of the series has given the sci-fi staple new life with younger generations of viewers. Head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat recently confirmed the show will continue through 2020, ensuring that fans will be granted another five years worth of the Doctor's antics, with season 9 expected to air later this year.
The upcoming season will continue to follow the 12th regeneration of the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Prior to the premiere of the new season, though, the actor will make his San Diego Comic-Con International debut on the Doctor Who panel this summer.
BBC America announced today that Capaldi will be joined in Hall H by fellow season 9 stars Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor's companion Clara Oswald, and Michelle Gomez, who portrays Missy (the incarnation of the Doctor's enemy The Master). Moffat and Doctor Who executive producer Brian Minchin will also appear on the show's panel.
Capaldi expressed his excitement to finally attend the famed convention:
“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.”
The new season of Doctor Who will debut with a two-part arc in "The Magician's Apprentice" and "The Witch's Familiar." The premiere episodes were written by Moffat and directed by previous Doctor Who collaborator Hettie MacDonald, who also directed the fan-favorite season 3 episode "Blink."
In previous years, Doctor Who has certainly had a big presence at SDCC - not only in the form of cosplayers; in 2013, the show's panel debuted a trailer for the two-part 50th anniversary special, which aired later that year. However, Doctor Who was absent from SDCC last year ahead of the season 8 premiere, which featured Capaldi's introduction as the 12th Doctor.
Since last year, season 8 has become the highest-rated of the series, and this summer's Doctor Who panel will surely get fans excited for season 9 to premiere in the fall. As such, fans in attendance will likely get a look at the upcoming season in the form of footage from the premiere episode (and possibly more).
With a few months still left before Comic-Con, we may learn more about Doctor Who's season 9 (such as an official premiere date) before the show appears at the convention. That being said, Doctor Who doesn't often disappoint its SDCC fans, who are sure to crowd into Hall H this summer.
The Doctor Who panel will be held in Hall H on Thursday July 9th.
Doctor Who will return for season 9 this fall on BBC America.