If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, you are probably eagerly anticipating the 50th Anniversary of the show coming up in November. At this year’s New York Comic Con, a panel was put together of bloggers, comic artists, and other Doctor Who experts, including Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery and former “Doctor” Colin Baker, specifically to discuss the show’s upcoming milestone.
The panelists discussed a wide range of Whovian topics and also answered audience questions. One of the biggest discussion points was the recent discovery of two classic Doctor Who serials that had been lost since the late 1960s. The original film reels for the serials “Enemy of the World” and “Web of Fear” were tracked to a TV station in Nigeria where they had been sent and forgotten in the late ‘60s. The lost episodes have been completely restored and are available for download on iTunes.
Of course, the 50th Anniversary was also a huge point of conversation. Panelists speculated about what we might see in this momentous event: there will certainly be Daleks, and it is thought that Zygons (one of the creepier villians from the classic series) will be making an appearance in some way. One panelist is especially eager to learn what role John Hurt (who was revealed as an incarnation of The Doctor in the series seven finale) will play in the episode.
There was also general excitement regarding the fact that the episode will be broadcast simultaneously across the globe – great news for viewers outside the U.K. who want to avoid spoilers before they get the chance to watch the episode for themselves.
One other popular topic was the casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. There was some worry that fans of David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor would have a hard time coming to terms with another regeneration. The panelists agreed, however, that once viewers see Capaldi in action, they’ll warm up to him in no time. They also said that viewers shouldn’t make assumptions about how Capaldi will pay the Doctor based on his past acting experience, because he could completely surprise us.
Nicholas Briggs, the man who voice acts for the Daleks and Cybermen, and Jason Haigh-Ellery appeared at the panel as surprise guests to talk about the audio drama created as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. The drama, titled “The Light at the End,” will be a multi-Doctor story where a number of past Doctors come together after a giant crisis and must work together to save the world.
During the question-and-answer session at the end of the panel, another surprise guest appeared. Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, entered the room after an audience member asked about the Doctor’s preference for female companions. Baker stole the rest of the show with a number of witty answers and anecdotes, and expressed excitement over seeing an older Doctor in Peter Capaldi.
Overall, the panel was full of surprises and interesting tidbits of information about the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. If you’re not able to attend New York Comic Con yourself, keep checking The Daily Quirk for updates and recaps of the many different panels and appearances!
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