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Mark your calendars: BBC AMERICA is coming to New York Comic Con in a big way this year. On Friday, October 7, the network will present a block of star-studded panels at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, featuring Doctor Who, with Peter Capaldi making his NYCC debut alongside new companion Pearl Mackie at her first-ever fan appearance. Ahead of its October 22, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will launch a world premiere screening followed by a panel with cast, showrunner, writer and executive producer. And the Doctor Who spinoff Class will have its first-ever U.S. panel with cast, executive producer, and creator of the series.

We’ll have more information about the scheduling of the panels as it becomes available. Here are full descriptions of the panels.


BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi will make his New York Comic Con debut along with the first ever fan appearance by new co-star Pearl Mackie, who joins the series as Bill, the Doctor’s new companion. When Pearl joined the cast, Emmy-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat teased “a new voyage is about to begin” and “this is where the story really starts.” Fans will get a sneak peek of what’s ahead including the upcoming Christmas Special this December on BBC AMERICA and hints on what’s in store for Steven Moffat’s final season as showrunner. The panel includes stars Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) and Pearl Mackie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), as well as Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and executive producer Brian Minchin (ClassTorchwood). Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production.


BBC AMERICA presents the world premiere screening and Q&A for its next original series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, ahead of its broadcast premiere on October 22. From the studio that brought you The Walking Dead, BBC AMERICA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is an adaptation of the novels from Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyDoctor Who).

When the bizarre murder of a millionaire thrusts loner Todd (Elijah Wood), into the orbit of Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) – an eccentric detective who believes they’re destined to solve the murder-mystery together – his life will never be the same. They’ll cross unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. Writer and executive producer Max Landis(ChronicleAmerican Ultra) and showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate AtlantisStargate Universe) will join stars Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spiderman), Jade Eshete (Dead Beat), Mpho Koaho (Falling Skies) and Fiona Dourif  (Manhattan) for a panel following the exclusive sneak peek screening. BBCA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a co-production of AMC Studios, IDEATE MEDIA and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.


BBC AMERICA presents the first ever US panel for new series Class, the Doctor Who spin-off, set in Shoreditch, London.  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. Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. From award-winning YA writer and Class creator and executive producer Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) and executive produced by the team behind Doctor Who, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin,the series stars exciting young new talents Greg Austin,Fady ElsayedSophie Hopkins andVivian Oparah. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time travelling 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 panel includes stars Greg Austin, Fady ElsayedSophie Hopkins andVivian Oparah. as well as writer and creator Patrick Ness and executive producer Brian Minchin (Doctor WhoTorchwood). BBCA’s Class is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Three and a BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide co-production.

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