BBC America’s one of the first networks to officially announce plans for the 2018 San Diego Comic Con. A month out from the sold-out pop culture fanfest, BBC America confirmed Doctor Who will be hosting a panel during the event.
The first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), will be joined on the panel by Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill who play Ryan and Yasmin in the upcoming season. The panel is also expected to include showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and executive producer Matt Strevens (An Adventure in Space and Time).
Per BBC America’s official Comic Con announcement: “With this year’s highly-anticipated season 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.”
The network did not reveal on what date of the San Diego Comic Con the panel will take place. The 2018 San Diego Comic Con runs July 18th through July 22nd in downtown San Diego. Doctor Who‘s panel is normally held in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center.
Whittaker was announced as the 13th Doctor in July 2017. In a statement revealing the casting of the first female Doctor, executive producer and head Doctor Who writer Chris Chibnall said, “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
Outgoing Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi said, “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”