BBC America announced this afternoon that Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will make their first-ever appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The two will participate in a Q&A in Hall H with Doctor Who writer, and Being Human creator, Toby Whithouse and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24. The panel will include exclusive new footage from episodes airing later this summer.
The cable channel is also bring Bedlam star Theo James and creator David Allison to the convention for a U.S. premiere screening of the horror series and Q&A at 5:15 p.m. Friday, July 22.
Read the official announcement below:
BBC AMERICA’s “DOCTOR WHO” & “BEDLAM” SET FOR COMIC-CON 2011
Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Karen Gillan to make their first appearance
BBC AMERICA returns to Comic-Con International: San Diego with the stars and creators of their hit series Doctor Who and new sexy supernatural series Bedlam – for panels, signings and exclusive merchandise at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).
DOCTOR WHO: Panel and Q&A
Sunday, July 24, 12:30-1:30pm
Stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their first Comic-Con appearance for a panel and Q&A with Doctor Who writer Toby Whithouse (Being Human creator) and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis. They’re bringing with them, exclusive new footage from the new episodes airing later this summer on BBC AMERICA. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the mysterious traveler who journeys throughout all of time and space, picking up companions along the way and almost always sidestepping danger.
Doctor Who, from award winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, stars BAFTA nominee Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond, along with Arthur Darvill as Rory and Alex Kingston who plays River Song. Part One of the new season, which premiered in April, delivered record ratings for BBC AMERICA and marked the first time Doctor Who filmed on American soil. Its finale ended with the unveiling of a massive secret and the words “Let’s Kill Hitler” on screen. Part One of Doctor Who arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on July 19 and Part Two premieres late summer on BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturdays. Twitter: @BBCAmerica / #DoctorWho
BEDLAM: Exclusive U.S. Premiere Screening and Q&A
Friday, July 22, 5:15-6:15pm
Star Theo James (Underworld 4: New Dawn, Downton Abbey) and creator David Allison (Boy Meets Girl) host a premiere screening event followed by discussion and Q&A. Bedlam Heights, the stylish new apartment building, has sexy tenants and gorgeous decor. But little do the new residents suspect that behind the luxury fittings lay unimaginable horrors. This is a place tainted by abuse, suffering and death – and the ghosts of its dark and violent past are out for revenge. As the direct descendent of those who ran the asylum, Kate (Charlotte Salt, The Tudors) – who both lives and works there – is a prime target. She is surprised by the unexpected arrival of Jed (James) – her adopted cousin. Jed is unique. With a history of mental illness, he’s a troubled man who sees ghosts and visions of the past. Recent messages to ‘Save Kate,’ propel him back into Kate’s life. Can he really ‘Save Kate?’ And from whom, or what, does she need saving? Everybody has a dark side in this new series also starring Ashley Madekwe (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Hugo Speer (Skins) and Will Young (Pop Idol winner, Skins). Bedlam premieres Saturday, October 8, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturdays. Twitter: @BBCAmerica / #Bedlam.
THE BBC AMERICA BOOTH (#3629)
Fans of Doctor Who will find an assortment of contemporary and classic licensed merchandise at Comic-Con, available at the BBC AMERICA booth, in addition to officially licensed Doctor Who partners’ booths. The BBC AMERICA booth will also offer fans several product exclusives including: a comic book convention special, the River Song figure, and multiple t-shirt styles. From t-shirts to action figures, Sonic Screwdrivers to comic books, Doctor Who will have something for fans of any age.
For the latest Comic-Con updates, follow @BBCAmerica on Twitter, Doctor Who on Tumblr and check out full coverage by BBCAmerica.com’s Anglophenia.
PANEL AND SIGNING SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JULY 22
5:00-6:00p.m. BBC AMERICA’s Bedlam: Exclusive U.S. Premiere Screening and Q&A – Star Theo James and creator David Allison host a premiere screening event followed by discussion and Q&A. Room: 7AB
SATURDAY, JULY 23
11:00-11:30a.m. Bedlam star Theo James and creator David Allison signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).
SUNDAY, JULY 24
12:30-1:30p.m. BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who – Stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan make their first Comic-Con appearance for a panel and Q&A with writer Toby Whithouse and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis. Hall H
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