The Doctor is In! Matt Smith and Karen Gillan Make 1st-Ever SDCC Appearance in 2011
The Doctor and Amy Pond are heading back West, this time for San Diego Comic-Con. Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will make their first-ever appearance at the mega-popular annual event, BBC America has revealed today. On Sunday, July 24, the TARDIS twosome will take part in Doctor Who panel alongside show writer (and Being Human creator) Toby Whithouse and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.
And the channel has announced that it will bring out the star and creator of the new haunted apartment thriller, Bedlam, set to premiere on BBC America in October. Lead actor Theo James (Downton Abbey) and show creatorDavid Allison will host a Friday, July 22 screening of the Bedlam premiere followed by a discussion and Q&A. They will also do a signing at BBC America’s booth.
Here’s BBC America’s full schedule for Comic-Con — and be sure to follow @anglophenia on Twitter for further updates on this year’s events:
Friday, July 22
5:15-6:15 p.m. BBC America’s Bedlam: Exclusive U.S. Premiere Screening and Q&A – 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 descendant 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.
Saturday, July 23
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Bedlam star Theo James and creator David Allison signing at the BBC America booth.
Sunday, July 24
12:30 – 1:30 pm, BBC America’s Doctor Who – 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’sSupernatural Saturdays. Twitter: @BBCAmerica / #DoctorWho
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.
PANEL AND SIGNING SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JULY 22
5:15-6:15p.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