The annual New York Comic Con unfolded this past weekend a record-breaking 150,000 people in attendance, which made it officially bigger than San Diego Comic-Con. And having been to SDCC many times over the years, that fact is pretty mind-blowing. If you, like us, weren’t able to make it out, you can still experience some of the highlights thanks to the wonder that is the internet. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting panel videos for your hungry little eyeballs, and while they don’t include any of the exclusive footage that was screened at the Con, you do still get to see the people behind some of your favorite things talking about the making of some of your favorite things. We’ll kick things off with AMC’s massively popular zombie drama…
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that mo’ mummy = mo’ problems. That certainly looks to be the case in the previews for the next episode of Doctor Who, entitled “Mummy on the Orient Express.” Maybe the Doctor could travel back and see if Agatha Christie wants to team up again, because this time the Time Lord is trapped on a spacegoing version of the Orient Express, with a killer mummy stalking the passengers. And to make matters worse, you can’t actually see the mummy unless it’s right about to kill you. (Ideal last words: “Are you my mummy?”)
Doctor Who has a long history of telling stories of the Doctor and his companions beyond just the show, weaving a broad expanded universe across novels, comics, games, and even audio dramas. We’ve only been following the adventures of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor who a few episodes now, but he’s about to make his comics debut as well. Titan Publishing, new holders of the Who comics license, debuted ongoing series for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors earlier this year, and their Twelfth Doctor series is set to release its first issue a week from today. But like the Doctor taught us, why wait around when you can just skip ahead? Check out a synopsis and preview of the first six pages of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 below, courtesy of Comic Book Resources!
Freshly regenerated and with a new head full of unanswered questions, the Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) away to a strange and distant world.
Clara thought she was in for an evening of marking essays on the Metaphysical Poets, followed by going out on a date — or at least trying to. You know, normal stuff.
Instead, she’s facing down exotic flora and fauna in her best dress, backing up the Doctor on a trek through traumatically alien undergrowth — and she doesn’t even know what the Doctor is searching for, or what will try to kill them should they find it!
By now we’re well into the reign of Time Lord number twelve on Doctor Who, played with swagger and an edge of dickishness by Peter Capaldi. Still, there are likely some, possibly many, of you out there who miss the human cartoon that was Matt Smith’s eleventh incarnation of the character. But fear not, that version of the long-lived, beloved character is still alive and well, albeit in a drastically different form, that of comic books. It does actually seem like a fitting medium for a rendering of Smith, and the newly minted continuing series is back with issue #3, “What He Wants…” and it has what you need.
Over the course of the previous two issues, the Doctor picked up a new travelling companion, a sarcastic, unemployed librarian named Alice, who has, thus far, fit into his adventures rather nicely. She’s shown she can handle herself in a tight spot or two, and that trend continues in this latest outing. Issues #1 and #2 have been more episodic in nature, like standalone installments of the show, but now you start to get a larger narrative arc coming into play, which was something of a worry before. As fun as these separate escapades can be, your attention was going to start wandering before long.
Regardless of how you feel about the direction Doctor Who has taken in recent years, there’s no question that it boasts some much more impressive production values in its current incarnation than it did back in the classic era. The Who creators had to stretch every shilling back in the day, which is why The Doctor’s adventures across time and space so often involved wobbly walls and rubbery aliens. One element of the show you might not even consciously notice making a difference is the score. Musical director Murray Gold has been shaping the soundscape of Doctor Who since its 2005 resurrection, and even if you couldn’t name any of the work he’s done for the show, compositions such as “I am The Doctor” are both instantly recognizable and inextricably associated with the feel of the modern series. So what if he’d been scoring the classic Who episodes? They might have looked a bit like the video up top.
Based on my 10 seconds of serious pondering and research, I don’t think the Doctor has been back to the Moon since the 2007 episode “Smith and Jones,” which introduced Martha Jones and had the Doctor dealing with an entire bloody hospital that had been relocated to the lunar surface. Sure, the moon played a major role in “Day of the Moon” — and gave us one of Matt Smith’s finest moments as the Doctor — but as far as I can recall, our very favorite Time Lord hasn’t actually been back to the moon since he still looked like David Tennant. That’s about to change this week in an episode entitled “Kill the Moon.” If that title didn’t tip you off, The Doctor’s going to run into some trouble up there. And it’s looking a bit…spider-y.