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CCI: BBC’s Doctor Who And Being Human Screenings

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To say Thursday night’s screening at Comic-Con International of the two-part season finale of “Doctor Who” and the Season 2 premiere of “Being Human” was crowded would be an understatement. The ballroom was filled with fans dressed as their favorite characters from “Doctor Who,” and there wasn’t an empty seat in sight. People laughed and cheered as attendees continued to pour in, simultaneously erupting into applause as a woman entered dressed as the TARDIS, the Doctor’s time machine.

The lights dimmed and a Comic-Con staff member walked onstage. After amping up the audience, he introduced the stars of BBC’s supernatural drama “Being Human”: Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Sinead Keenan.

“It’s so good to have people here who want us to be here,” said Turner, who plays the vampire Mitchell.

“I have so much love for you!” said Crichlow, who plays the ghost Annie.

“We love you all very much personally and very intimately,” said Tovey, who plays werewolf George.

“Being Human” revolves around three roommates — a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost — who try to fit in with human society. Juggling relationships with paranormal problems, Season 2 opens with the main characters believing they are safe from the magical antagonists who oppressed them throughout the first season. It’s not long before new villains show up to pursue the roommates: a sexy vampire named Daisy, her vampire husband, and a shadowy scientist who knows about the roommates’ double lives.

“Being Human” was well-received, but it was obvious a majority of the crowd was there for “Doctor Who.” Although none of the “Who” actors or writers was present, the fans weren’t disappointed. Cheering began from the moment the two-part finale opened and continued through the credits and theme song.

The first part, “The Pandorica Opens,” finds the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) receiving a warning from Vincent van Gogh. Traveling back in time to Roman-occupied Britain, they discover beneath Stonehenge the Pandorica, a prison “built to hold the most dangerous thing in the universe.” From the audience’s gasps it was clear they figured out the ending, and there was silence as it was revealed the Pandorica was constructed to trap the Doctor.

Part two, “The Big Bang,” reunites Amy and the Doctor as he bounces back and forth through time to break out of the Pandorica. Together with fan favorites River Song (Alex Kingston) and Rory (Arthur Darville), they have to stop the universe from imploding, a task made nearly impossible by the Doctor’s imprisonment and the explosion of the TARDIS.

As with “The Pandorica Opens,” the only silent moment came when the Doctor sacrificed himself to save reality. Unlike part one, the episode ended with the Doctors triumphant return. The crowd went wild as the Doctor danced back on-screen, and neither the applause nor the audience’s enjoyment ended when the lights were turned back on.

The season finale of “Doctor Who” airs Saturday at 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America, followed at 10 p.m. by the season premiere of “Being Human.”

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