Five panels to watch at New York Comic Con


As tens of thousands of film, TV and comic book fans descend on Manhattan for New York Comic Con, here are some of the most anticipated panels at this year's event.

:: Doctor Who - Friday, Madison Square Garden

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi will make his first appearance at New York Comic Con to discuss the show's Christmas special and a new series airing next year - the 10th since the programme was revived in 2005.

Peter will be joined by Pearl Mackie, who plays the Doctor's new companion Bill, writer Steven Moffat and Little Britain star Matt Lucas, who is reprising his role as Nardole.

The BBC will also preview the new Doctor Who spin-off series Class, which is set in Shoreditch, east London. Meanwhile, former Doctor Who star Matt Smith and his ex-cast mates Jenna Coleman and Alex Kingston are taking part in a panel called Tales From The Tardis at Manhattan's Javits Centre on Thursday.

:: The Walking Dead - Saturday, Madison Square Garden

Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead

British actor Andrew Lincoln, the star of zombie drama The Walking Dead, will appear on a panel alongside a number of his castmates.

The Walking Dead has been among the most watched television show in the US in recent years and is set to attract one of the biggest crowds at New York Comic Con.

The seventh series will be shown on Fox in the UK, with the first episode airing on October 24 - a day after the US.

:: The Great Wall - Saturday, Madison Square Garden

Matt Damon in The Great Wall (Legendary/Universal)

Matt Damon will appear at New York Comic Con to discuss his forthcoming fantasy movie, The Great Wall. The big-budget period epic features the Jason Bourne star as a soldier in ancient China battling evil creatures.

Director Zhang Yimou was forced to defend his decision to cast Matt in the lead role after the film's trailer was released in July. It came after Constance Wu, star of sitcom Fresh Off The Boat, tweeted that the film perpetuates the "racist myth that (only a) white man can save the world".

:: Legion - Sunday, Hammerstein Ballroom

Dan Stevens

Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens will showcase his new X-Men spin-off series Legion.

The British actor, best known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the ITV period drama, stars in the new television show from Marvel and US TV network FX.

He plays David Haller, a man diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, who is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

:: Westworld - Sunday, Hammerstein Ballroom

Thandie Newton

The panel on Sky Atlantic's sci-fi thriller Westworld - based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name - will feature British actress Thandie Newton and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

The first episode, which aired in the UK on Tuesday, was HBO's most-watched series premiere for almost three years in the US, attracting 3.3 million viewers.

But the show has faced criticism for its depiction of sexual violence, with executive producer JJ Abrams admitting the series may be "too intense" for some viewers.