Peter Capaldi will say goodbye to Doctor Who and its fans at San Diego Comic-Con July 23rd during a panel for the series in Hall H. Capaldi is wrapping up a three year run on the BBC science fiction series where he portrays the twelfth incarnation of the titular Doctor, a mysterious alien who bounces around time and space in his ship the TARDIS, generally accompanied by a young, wide eyed human or two.
While Capaldi’s tenure on the show has been somewhat divisive, his portrayal of the Time Lord has been widely praised as the best reason to tune into the show for quite awhile. As fans await the announcement of a new Doctor, there is an understandable sense of premature mourning taking place for Capaldi’s wild eyed, mercurial version of the Doctor.
According to a report by Deadline, Doctor Who will get a panel at the San Diego Convention Center’s biggest room, Hall H, for a presentation alongside its fellow BBC America series, the Elijah Wood-starring Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Capaldi will be joined by showrunner Steven Moffat and an unspecified number of the show’s supporting cast, with Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas (who portray new companions Bill and Nardole, respectively) as the most likely candidates.
This is a huge transition period for Doctor Who. Capaldi is joined on his way out of the TARDIS by departing showrunner Moffat. Moffat has been in charge of Doctor Who since 2010, and prior to that wrote some of the series’s most memorable installments like “Blink” and “The Girl In The Fireplace.” Moffat will be replaced by Chris Chibnall, creator of the hit crime series Broadchurch (which happens to star former Doctor Who lead David Tennant). Chibnall’s prior work on Doctor Who is something of a mixed bag, so fans are understandably anxious to see how this new era of the show will play out when the new Doctor debuts in 2018.
By its very nature, Doctor Who is a show where massive change is unavoidable, yet losing both its star and showrunner at the same time is a scenario that actually hasn’t happened very often in the show’s 54 year history. Showrunner Russell T. Davies and Tenth Doctor David Tennant both departed to much fanfare in 2010 to make way for Moffat and the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. Hopefully Capaldi and Moffat go out in a similarly epic fashion. If nothing else, the duo deserve their well earned victory lap on San Diego Comic-Con’s biggest stage.
Doctor Who season 10 concludes Saturday July 1 with ‘The Doctor Falls’ @9pm on BBC America.
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