BBC AMERICA will kick off New York Comic Con’s first ever panels presented at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 7 at 10:30am. The BBC AMERICA Takeover features panels and a world premiere screening with the casts and creators of Doctor Who, new original series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and new Doctor Who spin-off, Class.
The Doctor Who panel will have Peter Capaldi, new co-star Pearl Mackie and comedian Matt Lucas in attendance. The Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency panel will include a Q&A with stars Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spiderman), Jade Eshete (Dead Beat), Mpho Koaho (Falling Skies) and Fiona Dourif (Manhattan), writer and executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe). The new series thrusts a reluctant sidekick into the bizarre world of an unconventional detective who believes in the interconnectedness of all things. When washed-up rocker Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) stumbles upon the murder scene of a millionaire, all hell breaks loose. Eccentric detective, Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), wholly believes they’re destined to untangle the peculiar events surrounding the mystery together, whether Todd likes it or not! A collection of wild and dangerous characters’ further infiltrate and complicate their world, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. The show premieres on Saturday, October 22, 9/8c on BBC AMERICA.
The Class panel will play host to stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah along with Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. The Doctor Who spinoff has four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time traveling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow. The show will premiere alongside Doctor Who in Spring 2017 on BBC AMERICA.
“New York Comic Con brings an electric fan fueled energy to New York City,” said Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA.” “We’re excited to launch its expansion to The Theater at Madison Square Garden with a packed BBCA block with a lot of firsts – from first ever panel line-ups, exclusive footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses for both Doctor Who and Class, to the world premiere screening of our next original series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.”
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