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Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and Steven Moffat at the 'Doctor Who' Comic-Con panel on Thursday, July 9. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and Steven Moffat at the 'Doctor Who' Comic-Con panel on Thursday, July 9.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and Steven Moffat at the ‘Doctor Who’ Comic-Con panel on Thursday, July 9. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat appeared in a San Diego Comic-Con panel moderated by Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, reflecting on the past season and gearing fans up for what’s to come. The takeaway from the discussion can only be summed up in seven words: Can September 19 get here quickly enough?

Fans in Hall H were treated to a first look at the upcoming Season 9, which is set to premiere on September 19 on BBC AMERICA. Never has Doctor Who looked quite as big as it does here in this trailer:

Speaking of big, the sneak peek at Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams‘s guest stint naturally sparked the curiosity of the crowd, but showrunner Moffat was keeping mum on any details about her character: “It’s going to be surprising what she gets up to, but honestly I can’t say a single thing about it.”

For Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, this was his first experience at Comic-Con. For a newbie to the annual convention, he sure seemed like a pro commanding the enormous audience that had turned out to get an in-the-flesh glimpse of the star.

He did not disappoint, showing intelligence, humor, a respect for Whovian history, and just a hint of naughtiness that kept the crowd enthralled throughout the panel.

Meanwhile, Jenna Coleman‘s partnership with Capaldi continues to evolve as Clara and the Doctor “find their groove,” as Capaldi put it. In the series, Clara finds herself a bit more settled, having grieved the loss of Danny Pink and discovering a newfound joie de vivre in embarking on adventures with the Doctor.

Michelle Gomez (Missy/the Master) was in fine form at the panel as she explained the relationship between the Doctor and the Master, those old frenemies. Steven Moffat interestingly described their dynamic as “a friendship between a vegetarian and a hunter,” with Gomez chiming in that the characters “both kill a lot of people. He feels bad about it. I don’t.”

Moffat, of course, isn’t giving up any details about the role Missy will play in Season 9, but he teased her entrance a bit.

He did say that Missy as the Master quite eloquently expresses his thoughts on the possibility of a female Doctor down the line.

Watch some more moments from the 2015 Doctor Who Comic-Con panel in Hall H:

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.