Three of the new cast of Doctor Who, including new female Doctor Jodie Whittaker, and producers will be appearing at the San Diego Comic Con next month.

Doctor Who, Series 11 - Jodie Whittaker
Doctor Who Series 11 – Costume Reveal for The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) ©2017 BBC Worldwide, photo by Steve Schofield

This is causing dismay amongst UK fans. They understandably believe the UK originated show produced by UK’s BBC owe them more loyalty. It was a mistake one of the previous producers, John Nathan-Turner, made when he fell in love with American Conventions. We all know you need to protect your home base. In this case it is showing them some more love.

It is good idea for the show to continue to be at Comic-Con in the States. However something needs to be done to show faith in UK fans. It is after all a significant point in time for Doctor Who with it’s first female Doctor. Surely producers Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens must find a way of respecting the UK home fan base?

Doctor Who Series 11 - Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker and Tosin Cole
Doctor Who Series 11 – Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Graham (Bradley Walsh), The ’13th’ Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Ryan (Tosin Cole) ©2017 BBC

Doctor Who at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 – Lowdown

Cast Makes First-Ever Panel Appearance Ahead of New Doctor Who Coming This Fall

The panel is to feature stars Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. Also on there will be Showrunner Chris Chibnall and Executive Producer Matt Strevens. The moderator is set to be American stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick.

BBC America’s Doctor Who will continue this year bringing the Whovians to Comic-Con International: San Diego. There they will be introducing the 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (of Broadchurch fame).

Marking a new era for the legendary Time Lord, Whittaker will be joined on the panel by two of her Doctor Who co-stars. Namely Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill who play Ryan and Yasmin. Award-winning series showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and executive producer Matt Strevens (An Adventure in Space and Time) will also be present. The panel will be moderated by Chris Hardwick. He is host extraordinaire, a legendary Doctor Who fan, and comedian. He is know for The Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick.

With this year’s highly-anticipated season being packed full of action, adventure, humor and emotion, the panel will be the cast’s first-ever panel appearance ahead of Doctor Who premiering this fall on BBC America.

In 2011, BBCA’s Doctor Who was part of the first-ever slate of TV shows to gather with fans in Hall H, when Comic-Con presented a TV line-up in the iconic venue.

Doctor Who is a BBC America co-production with BBC Studios.

Stay tuned for more information on the BBC America’s Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con! The Convention itself runs from July 19th to 22nd, 2018.

UPDATE June 19th, 2018

AMC have announced that Chris Hardwick will not now be moderating panels for AMC and BBC America at San Diego Comic-Con.

This follows his partner of three year, Chloe Dykstra publishing a post detailing abuse allegations about an “ex-boyfriend”. He later issued a considered statement including saying “I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur.”

As a result it is all a bit publicly messy.

Chris Hardwick’s tv shows/appearances have also been put on hold/put under review, until the rights or wrongs of the situation have been considered.

Chris Hardwick, Greg Nicotero, Khary Payton, DeAngelo Williams - Talking Dead
Chris Hardwick, Greg Nicotero, Khary Payton, DeAngelo Williams – Talking Dead: Season 7, Episode 9 ©2017 AMC, photo by Michael Moriatis