San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Day Three Gallery, ‘Doctor Who’ Fan Meetup Recap

Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith, and the winners of the Doctor Who scene reenactment competition. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith, and the winners of the Doctor Who scene reenactment competition. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

For the second year in a row, BBC AMERICA held their official Doctor Who meetup at San Diego Comic-Con, gathering a crowd of devoted fans under one roof for a bit of controlled mayhem. People lined up as early as seven hours ahead for the mid-afternoon event at Block 16, a roomy, multi-tiered bar not far from the convention center, which had a stage and full movie screen that allowed for performances and an astonishing video mash-up of 50 years of Doctor Who from DJ Eclectic Method. Hosts Kenyatta Cheese (editor of the Doctor Who Tumblr) and Tori Preston provided lively atmosphere and kept the pace moving.

This year, the event faced an invasion of real Doctor Who monsters, including an Ood and a stomping Cyberman, who posed for pictures with costumed fans. Fan art submitted through the Doctor Who Tumblr flashed on the big screen, and a class photo was snapped of the best cosplayers in the room, which represented an array of Doctors, companions, monsters (like the Weeping Angels), and even costume mash-ups with other franchises (we particularly appreciated the Princess Dalek). Select fans took part in a competition in which they acted out randomly chosen scenes from the modern Who, from the “Who’s holding my hand?” scene in “Hide” to the Doctor’s flirtation with Idris in “The Doctor’s Wife.” A couple of surprise judges popped by to observe the festivities – that would be Mark Gatiss and David Bradley, writer and star, respectively, of the Doctor Who behind-the-scenes drama An Adventure in Space and Time. Winners were crowned by audience applause, and the champions were a Kissogram Cop Amy and a TARDIS cosplayer who’d re-enacted Amy’s “12 years and four psychiatrists!” reunion with the Doctor from “The Eleventh Hour.”

The pair won a gift bag with goodies from Hot Topic and the WAND company and — in yet another surprise — an appearance on stage from Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat, who asked for an encore of their performance. Matt, Jenna, and Steven were met with Beatles-on-Ed Sullivan reception of screams and cheers. Matt offered his Thank You’s to fans for their support during his tenure as Doctor, which prompted a collective “Don’t Go!” from the crowd. BBC AMERICA cameras were rolling during the entire meet-up, so be on the lookout for clips of the event in the coming days.

The Doctor Who meetup wasn’t the only event that happened on Saturday: Matt, Jenna, and Steven visited Nerd HQ for a panel moderated by Castle and Firefly star Nathan Fillion. (Fellow geek icons Zachary Levi and Wil Wheaton were seen roaming backstage.)

And the Orphan Black cast and creators continued to be feted like rock stars, dropping by the BBC AMERICA booth for a signing that produced a massive queue around the convention floor. (The cast had been ushered in by a cadre of blank-faced, lookalike models who wore hoodies emblazoned with the hashtag #CloneClub. This show knows how to do spectacle.) Check out photos below of the day at Comic-Con:

We've never seen a TARDIS curtsy before. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

From the line outside the ‘Doctor Who’ meetup: we’ve never seen a TARDIS curtsy before. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

TARDIS dresses on the line outside the 'Doctor Who' meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

TARDIS dresses on the line outside the ‘Doctor Who’ meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Brilliantly feminized takes on the Eleventh Doctor's fez costumes. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Brilliantly feminized takes on the Eleventh Doctor’s fez costumes. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

The crowd inside the 'Doctor Who' fan meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

The crowd inside the ‘Doctor Who’ fan meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman, and Matt Smith (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman, and Matt Smith (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

David Bradley, who plays William Hartnell in "An Adventure in Space and Time,' chats with a First Doctor cosplayer outside the 'Doctor Who' meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

David Bradley, who plays William Hartnell in “An Adventure in Space and Time,’ chats with a First Doctor cosplayer outside the ‘Doctor Who’ meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Matt Smith chats with a baby Dalek at the 'Doctor Who' meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Matt Smith chats with a baby Dalek at the ‘Doctor Who’ meetup. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

At the 'Doctor Who' meetup, fans raised their phones to capture the surprise appearance of Matt, Jenna, and Steven. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

At the ‘Doctor Who’ meetup, fans raised their phones to capture the surprise appearance of Matt, Jenna, and Steven. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Confetti was released when Matt, Steven, and Jenna made their appearance. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Confetti was released when Matt, Steven, and Jenna made their appearance. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

From left: Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, and Dylan Bruce at the 'Orphan Black' signing. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

From left: Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, and Dylan Bruce at the ‘Orphan Black’ signing. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

The first rule of #CloneClub: look as scary as possible. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

The first rule of #CloneClub: look as scary as possible. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

The 'Orphan Black' cast pose with a fan. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

The ‘Orphan Black’ cast pose with a fan. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Cosima cosplay at the 'Orphan Black' signing (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Cosima cosplay at the ‘Orphan Black’ signing (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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