Things to Come

Things to Come

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For the past several weeks there's been mounting excitement about Comic-Con International, 2009 and the Doctor Who panel featuring Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner, David Tennant and director Euros Lyn. At 10:00 on Sunday 26th July the waiting was over as 4000 members of the public applauded and went crazy for the four Brits abroad who were there to give the inside scoop on Doctor Who.

The panel was hosted by Robert Lloyd of the LA Times and organised by BBC America, now the home of Doctor Who in the US. A sense of celebration was established immediately as David Tennant's entrance triggered a rare standing ovation and many within the audience were overtly vocal about their love for the show and members of the panel!

David Tennant was on great form and confirmed he will be appearing in The Sarah Jane Adventures in a story called The Wedding of Sarah Jane. He also noted that outside the world of Doctor Who he'll star in the new movie, St. Trinian's: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. Incidentally, the film also features Talulah Riley (Miss Evangelista in Silence in the Library) and Fenella Woolgar (Agatha Christie in The Unicorn and the Wasp).

David was enormously positive about Matt Smith who will take over as the Doctor and reflected that everyone who has worked with him in Britain has nothing but praise for his abilities. He revealed that although they've chatted, he did not offer him advice about playing the Time Lord.

Russell T Davies discussed Torchwood and admitted he was astonished by the colossal success of the recent mini-series. Although there's no announcement about Torchwood's future, its creator was hopeful we'll see it return. Fingers crossed!

Russell also accepted an award from Guinness World Records which recognised Doctor Who as the most successful science fiction programme on television, ever. He accepted the honour on behalf of Verity Lambert, the show's first producer back in 1963, and we'll be covering this story in more depth shortly.

Everyone was aware that following The Waters of Mars David Tennant will play the Doctor in two more specials and there was a huge buzz for the first ever look at footage from the first of these, directed by Euros Lyn. The audience reaction left no doubt that the Tenth Doctor's farewell story is one of the most anticipated in the show's history.

The audience was also treated to a trailer for Planet of the Dead and a new trailer for The Waters of Mars. The latter was an explosive reminder that although David Tennant's finale will be historic, the next Doctor Who special to air on BBC One is also an unmissable event.

Comic-Con International, 2009 took place in San Diego, California and the Doctor Who panel provided a celebration of the show's past and a clear indication that its immediate future will be powerful, poignant and exciting. The affection and joy which surrounded the event proved to be reminder of how much Doctor Who means to so many - both the people who watch it, and the people who make it.

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