'Doctor Who' at 50: The Comic-Con Panel Thrills With 3 Trailers
People waited in line overnight to catch a glimpse of Matt Smith's last Comic-Con appearance as the Doctor. A panel moderated by late-night host Craig Ferguson offered no revelations about the next doctor, but there was a Con-exclusive trailer — accompanied by the usual extra-stern warnings from showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat was joined by producer Marcus Wilson, writer Mark Gatiss (who also co-created the series "Sherlock" with Moffat), David Bradley (from the forthcoming "An Adventure in Time and Space"), and, of course, Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith.
The panel opened with a trailer showing all 11 Doctors. There's also a dance remix (by the way, if nobody's built a dance club to look like the inside of the TARDIS, we're patenting the idea right now).
A second, Smith-centric trailer followed, ending with the last episode's revelation of John Hurt as the "next" Doctor.
The final trailer was for the 50th Anniversary Special. The special will be about the Time War. When we first meet the ninth Doctor in the series reboot, he has just come from the Time War and all we know is he's seen and done terrible things (this, incidentally, is the reason for speculation that Hurt is not the next Doctor, but actually a Doctor *before* Nine who has been deliberately forgotten).
David Tennant makes his triumphant return (he wasn't at the Con, but the cheers that went up surely could be heard across the pond), and there were glimpses of Billie Piper (Rose!) as well.
The panel ended with the classic cold-open musical number from Craig Ferguson that never aired, but enjoyed a second (well, first) life online.
David Bradley aka the First Doctor aka the Red Wedding Guy
Besides the 50th anniversary episode and the Christmas episode (Matt Smith's last), there is also a docudrama about the origins of "Doctor Who" and the first Doctor, played by William Hartnell. And there is no better choice to play him than David Bradley. Both were/are well-respected character actors. Both may have been a little typecast.
If you don't recognize Bradley's name, surely you will get a little shiver when you see his face when he comes onscreen, whether as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies or as Walder Frey in "Game of Thrones." After 43 years of acting, how has the international fame of these characters affected his life? "The wedding invitations have dried up."