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7/20/2012 05:04:00 am - Reported by Neil McNally

This past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con two Doctor Who panel discussions proved to be immensely popular.
The first occurred Saturday night at the Nerd HQ event hosted by actor Zachary Levi. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill casually talked about their experiences on the show, the upcoming 50th anniversary, and sang an impromptu rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Matt Smith also spoke of his love for Patrick Troughton, and his dream episode would be to have their respective Doctors meet.

The next day, 6500 fans packed the Inside Doctor Who panel held in Hall H for the opportunity to see Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner. The moderator for the event was Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist.

Among the subjects discussed was the upcoming season, where clips from 
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy were screened.

Of Asylum of the Daleks, Karen Gillan had this to say:

I've never been massively scared of them before...I like them because they're iconic, but they've never scared me before. They did in this episode.
However, the real focus was given to the upcoming departure of Amy and Rory in episode five. But, Matt Smith summed up the series as a whole:
This show isn't about us. The show is the star. Each week it can be anything...The heartbeat of the show is in the quality of the writing.
The Q & A portion yielded interesting information. As for a multi-Doctor episode, Moffat said he flat out wasn't going to tell the crowd. But, when asked the answer to the the Doctor's name he replied:
It's been there from the start. He never gives his name...It's a tremendously important question. But I know why, and you will find out the truth.
For further info on the panels please visit BBC America, Radio Times, Examiner.com, and Screen Crave.