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Doctor Who and Class bring manic British scifi to NYCC

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster New York Comic Con continued its slow but inevitable takeover of Manhattan this year by expanding for the first time to the Theater at Madison Square Garden. And who better to kick off such a momentous occasion than mad man in a box? BBC America took over MSG all Friday morning to give a crowd of screaming Anglophiles a look at the upcoming season of Doctor Who, and its new spin-off show Class. We got a brief introduction to the new Doctor Who spinoff, Class. The show centers on the teenagers who attend Coal Hill Academy. Whovians will recognize that name as Coal Hill has a long history in the series. It first appeared all the way back in 1963, as the school attended by The Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan.Now, Coal Hill Academy is home to students who have had some run in with The Doctor or other extraterrestrial beings. The show’s creator, Patrick Ness said that outside of a cameo in the pilot episode, these kids won’t have the doctor around to tell them what’s going on. They’ll meet aliens and have no way of knowing what they’re called or what they want, and they’ll have to “deal with it in complete bafflement, which is kind of like being a teenager.” That’s the main idea behind this show.We will also be introduced to monsters we don’t recognize. Ness said he sees this show as his one shot to make brand new Doctor Who monsters and leave his footprint on the universe. He’s going to take full advantage of it. He also told us not to expect many cameo appearances from past Who characters. “Cameos are like penises,” he said. “If you put them in a scene, they’re all anyone will talk about.”He did say there will be plenty of more subtle Easter eggs for fans of classic Who. “You’re gonna see stuff you like,” he said to a fan who asked about a possible appearance from Ian and Barbara, The Doctor’s first companions.Class premieres October 22.Finally, we got to the panel we’d all been waiting for. We were joined by Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin, Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas and the newest addition to the show, Pearl Mackie. We are still a long ways off from the next season, but they were able to give us a taste of what we could expect from the upcoming Christmas special.Titled “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” the new episode will focus on a superhero. Capaldi described the special as a witty, ironic, positive and good superhero movie and likened it to the 1978 Richard Donner Superman movie.Matt Lucas will also return as a regular cast member, playing a sort of mischievous butler to The Doctor. Matt Lucas, who has a career in Hollywood, was asked why he would move to Cardiff and be a regular cast member on a TV show, and he recalled his first guest appearance on Doctor Who. It mostly came down to the crew. Everyone he worked with was so great, and he had such a good time, he desperately wanted to come back. Moffat says his role was initially much smaller, but as Lucas offered to do more and more, he became a huge part of the upcoming season.Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin at NYCC. (Photo: Screenshot via Youtube/BBC)Finally, we were introduced to Pearl Mackie who plays Bill, The Doctor’s new companion. We weren’t given a ton of information about her, but Steven Moffat wanted everything about the upcoming season to feel new. He says this season won’t require anyone to have watched all the previous ones to know what’s going on. Bill is a completely new character with a completely new perspective on The Doctor. After the last couple seasons went to some really dark places, Moffat wants the show to have a different feel.Capaldi for his part said he can’t wait for people to see how The Doctor meets his new companion. He said they’re introduction is “really quite different” from anything the show has done before.We’ll have to wait a little while to find out, though. Doctor Who returns December 25. Stay on targetlast_img read more