Season 11's new cast for Doctor Who will be making their first-ever panel appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 this summer. The SDCC panel will not only introduce a new cast and Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker), but a new showrunner as well.
With the very first episode airing all the way back in 1963, Doctor Who's long-standing popularity has grown more and more saturated in pop culture over the years. The science fiction series centers around the titular Doctor - a time and space-traveling Time Lord from Gallifrey whose unique ability to transform into different physical forms has allowed a variety of actors to tackle the role over the past 50-odd years - whose time machine has the ability to travel into the past, future, and other interdimensional spaces in between. Now that Peter Capaldi has passed the torch (or better yet, the Sonic Screwdriver) to Jodie Whittaker, she and her fellow cast will make their first-ever appearance at SDCC 2018 to promote the upcoming 11th season that will be premiering this fall.
Introducing a brand new era of Doctor Who, this summer's SDCC panel will include Whittaker; two of her co-stars, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, who will play two brand new characters in the series named Ryan and Yasmin, respectively; the series' new showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch); and executive producer Matt Strevens (who also produced An Adventure in Space and Time, the made-for-TV movie based on the making of Doctor Who). The panel will be moderated by The Nerdist's Chris Hardwick, an outspoken, diehard fan of Doctor Who.
Doctor Who's experience with SDCC has been exceptionally popular, dating all the way back to their debut appearance in 2011. That year, SDCC first welcomed television shows into the massive Hall H, which included Doctor Who. This was back when Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill were starring, and Steven Moffat (whose last episode on the series aired December 2017) was showrunner. Now, with the brand new cast and crew, the upcoming season will mark something of a new era for the series - not to mention welcoming in the show's very first female Doctor.
While it's anyone's guess as to what sort of direction this new series will take in terms of tone, style, and direction, the individuals involved both in front of and behind the camera give some indication. Chibnall not only wrote a handful of episodes for Doctor Who, including the two-parter "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood," as well as "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" and "The Power of Three," but also worked with Whittaker on his award-winning series Broadchurch. And given the dark, emotional blows delivered in Broadchurch, as well as the colorful and lively (but still occasionally dour) scope of his episodes on Doctor Who, there is at least somewhat of an idea as to how this new era will play out.
Source: BBC America
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