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'Dr. Who's' Rude U.S. Welcome

July 24, 2008 5:21 PM

Many folks had trouble making it to Comic-Con today due to traffic and train delays, but "Doctor Who" executive producer Julie Gardner and writer Steven Moffatt, who is taking over as showrunner next season, had no trouble getting to their panel on time. Except for the fact that Mr. Moffatt got pulled aside by the airport security.

"I don't know if you know this about America, but you hate us," he said, launching into a story about how he was detained and questioned at the airport.

At least it was a productive flight once he actually got on the plane. Mr. Moffatt spent the time writing the first episode of the next season of "Doctor Who."

Executive producer Russell T. Davies wasn't able to make it to the panel as he is in Cardiff writing the new season of "Torchwood."

When asked if there was any possibility of old characters returning to the series, Mr. Moffatt pointed out that they were making the show for a new audience of fans.

"We're not in the business of being nostalgic. We're making nostalgia for the future," he said.

Americans fans watching the show on Sci Fi Channel are out of luck too—the writers don't take out jokes because they're too British.

After being treated to "Coupling"-like banter between Ms. Gardner and Mr. Moffatt, who co-created the British sitcom, fans were shown a highlight reel of Mr. Moffatt's episodes, one of which included a guest spot by "Moonlight's" Sophia Myles.

Apparently, you can never escape "Moonlight."

—Vlada Gelman


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