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Doctor Who says good-bye at Comic-Con

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

SAN DIEGO/LOS ANGELES -- And another thing from that last day at Comic-Con ...

We planned to go back to the San Diego Convention Center for just a couple of hours and redeem tickets for free stuff (instead of trying to hand everyone a T-shirt or trinket as they walked into big Hall H or Ballroom 20 this year, tickets were handed out, to be redeemed at "The Room of Fullfillment, or 29B; someone's been watching too much Harry Potter); FedEx all of the stuff we couldn't take on the plane home; and take one more swing around the Exhibit Hall floor.

Well, I happened to be up near that Room of Fullfillment when I heard a familiar voice -- that of David Tennant, the outgoing Doctor Who. Ballroom 20 was still letting in the last few stragglers, and I wouldn't have to wait in yet another line to go in, so Josh took one last look at the booths downstairs while I sat down for one last panel.

And I was so glad I did. I knew I was going to miss the "Torchwood" panel, and Russell T. Davies talked "Torchwood," saying the reception of the fabulous miniseries "Children of God," particularly in America, meant we might just see more of Captain Jack and Gwen in the future. But don't expect to see beloved characters who have died, he said -- unlike Jack's immortal character, they stay dead. Someone asked why John Barrowman, a native of Scotland who grew up here, is American in the BBC series. Davies said he tested as an American, Scotsman and Brit, but they just decided the World War II vibe they wanted for the character worked best as an American.

But this was Doctor Who's day (people kept shouting Whoooooooooo, like a Bruuuuuuuuue concert).

Tennant and the people who brought the Doctor back to life in recent years admitted they never thought Americans would embrace the show as they have and that's the reason it's continuing, next up with 26-year-old Matthew Smith. The questions from the audience were completely geeky in a wonderful way, about the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, and such.

Producer Julie Gardner started filming the panel for posterity, and Tennant said now there's a DVD extra waiting to happen. He also said she was tearing up.

Tennant said his Doctor Who would show up on the "Sarah Jane Chronicles" in a episode titled "Sarah Jane Gets Married," or something like that. And his return elsewhere was not planned but not out of the question. His recent Hamlet with Patrick Stewart in Stratford-upon-Avon was filmed for DVD, but that's all that's on his plate, he said.

This being Comic-Con, there was a rumor that reached his ears that he had been cast for "The Hobbit." Not true, he said. But he seemed to enjoy saying it a few times.

When the panel was over, he ran up and down the stage pretending to reach out and grab people's hands -- you  can't really do that from the very high stage in Ballroom 20. But everyone got the idea.

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When you miss announcements at Comic-Con, as inevitably you must, you still hear about some biggies while you're there, even without access to Twiiter. A moderator casually referred to Guillermo del Toro's next projects, a Tarzan film and H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness."

Josh has been watching IGN.com, which covers gaming to the hilt, to see about all of the demos where the lines were just too incredibly long to wait for a single console. Zachary Levi and others told him the place to go to demo video games is E3, which was touted by a few people as an amazing experience for the wired among us. Maybe next year . . .

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