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Comic-Con 2008: “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” + Torchwood Star Up For Role as Captain America? [UPDATE]

UPDATED 7/25/2008 AT 12:15PM: The trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas 2008 special that was screened at the panel has been leaked on YouTube.  Check it out at this link, or embedded after the jump.

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Writers Julie Gardner and Steven Moffat were in attendance today at the Doctor Who panel.  Here are some highlights courtesy TVSquad:

  • Series 5’s premiere was being written on the plane over by Steven Moffat.
  • Steven Moffat is hilarious. When asked about writing for the show: “I decided to give up a life of friends to write for it” and “a life of virginity has kept me pure.”
  • Gardner asked Moffat about the first time writing “INTERIOR: Tardis” in a script. Moffat said it was like giving him “an enormous toy to play with.”
  • Some highlights were shown from episodes Steven Moffat wrote. One was an episode about a spaceship from the 51st century stalking a woman from 18th century, ‘Blink’, an episode about “The Library,” though not an episode about “The Empty Child,” which Moffat wrote and he was disappointed wasn’t shown.
  • An attendee mentioned attending a reading by Niel Gaiman where she asked him if he’d write an episode of Doctor Who with Moffat, to which he said “would be nice.” Moffat replied with the same “that would be nice.” So who knows? Hell I’d start watching this show if that happened!
  • Lots of questions were asked that could be big spoilers, and Moffat simply wouldn’t say a word about them or would jokingly whisper the answer to Gardner. There was one mention of one character having met more than one of the Doctors before, but I’ll have to go back to listen to that again.
  • When asked about whether he had a hard time getting into the country for Comic-Con, Moffat joked, “Yes! I don’t know if you know this about your country, but you hate us!”
  • We were treated to an extended trailer for the 2008 Christmas episode, featuring the return of the Cybermen.

There was also a panel for the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood, where it was revealed that the series was just this morning given a green light for a third season.  It will air first in the U.K., followed by a US release shortly thereafter.

Also, Steven Moffat gave an interview with ComingSoon.net.  Click here to read it.

Also, John Barrowman, star of Torchwood, was just asked at the panel forthe show if ther was any possibility he would be playing Captain America in the upcoming film The First Avenger: Captain America (May 6, 2011).  Here’s what Barrowman said (via ComingSoon.net):

He smiled and gave the stock answer that he’d love to play the character and that Captain America has always been his favorite comic book superhero. Clearly, though, the notion did not take him by surprise and he ended up admitting there had been discussions with his agents and meetings on that very issue.

  • kristen

    I love both shows, so very excited about new seasons. The BBC production schedules are so radically different from what US audiences are used to, that I wonder if they’re throwing the current DW and TW momentum out of the window. Love the idea of Captain America for Barrowman, btw. He’s definitely got that classic look and style, along with the authority to pull it off.

  • kristen

    I love both shows, so very excited about new seasons. The BBC production schedules are so radically different from what US audiences are used to, that I wonder if they’re throwing the current DW and TW momentum out of the window. Love the idea of Captain America for Barrowman, btw. He’s definitely got that classic look and style, along with the authority to pull it off.