The Hall H event was both an emotional farewell and a celebration of Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor.
The trailer for the 2017 Christmas Special, which will be Capaldi’s final story, opened the final Hall H panel for 2017. The episode, Twice Upon a Time, unites the 12th Doctor with the first, played by David Bradley (who played William Hartnell in the 50th anniversary drama An Adventure in Space and Time). Also returning is Pearl Mackie, with writer Mark Gatiss jumping in front of the camera to play a World War I soldier.
It will also be the last hurrah for showrunner Steven Moffat, who had this to say about the plot details: “It’s the 12th Doctor refusing to regenerate because he wants to stay Scottish, and through the snow appears the first Doctor, who’s also refusing to regenerate, and 12 says to number one, ‘You have to, or all of this stuff won’t happen.’”
There was a lot of love for Capaldi in the hall, who described his time on the show as amazing and expressed his gratitude to the fans.
“It’s really been fabulous to work with such talent and meet you people and realise the show is so popular and beloved around the world. It’s remarkable to find yourself at the centre of that, so thank you for all of your affections.”
Moffat also set the record straight concerning the supposed fan backlash over the casting of a female Doctor, as reported by the media.
“There has been no backlash at all. The story at the moment is that the notionally conservative fandom of Doctor Who has completely and utterly embraced that change. And yet so many people want to pretend there’s a problem – there isn’t.
“Doctor Who fans are more excited about the idea of a brilliant actress playing the part than the fact she’s a woman,” he continued. “It’s been incredibly progressive and enlightened and that’s what’s really happened.”
Capaldi also considers Whittaker a great choice. “I think Jodie is going to be amazing. I spoke to her the other day and she’s full of excitement and passion about the show. She really loves the show and she’s a brilliant actress, so it’s thrilling that it’s in the hands of somebody who cares for it so deeply.”
Doctor Who returns on Boxing Day. Season 10: Part 2 is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.