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Doctor Who's Paul McGann and Colin Baker Coming to Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

A couple of doctors are going to make a house call to the first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest -- and if you happen to be wondering "Doctor who?" then you're on the right track.

Organizers announced on Tuesday, October 14, that Doctor Who actors Colin Baker and Paul McGann, who respectively played the sixth and eighth versions of the titular Time Lord on the long-running BBC science fiction show, will appear at the event, which is scheduled to take place from December 12 to December 14 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Whovians of the Valley, better start charging up your sonic screwdrivers.

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They're among the first special guests to be officially announced for the two-day fest. (The first was actor David Ramsey, who plays John Diggle on Arrow.) And we're pretty sure it's first instance of any former Doctor paying a visit to any Phoenix Comicon event, let alone two. (John Barrowman, better known as dashing rogue Captain Jack Harkness on the current show, was a guest of the official 'con in 2013 and 2014.)

Baker starred as The Doctor -- whom, as any die-hard Whovian could tell you, has the ability to regenerate into a new appearance and persona after an actor decides to ditch the show suffering a mortal injury -- from 1984 until 1986 on the original program. His particular Doctor was famous for being a bit more manic and bombastic portrayal as well as sporting fantastically gaudy and colorful attire.

Meanwhile, McGann starred in the little-seen one-off Doctor Who telefilm that aired in 1996 on the FOX network that was a failed attempt to revive the show during the "wilderness years" between its old school and modern-day versions.

Both were involved in last year's 50th anniversary celebration of the esteemed sci-fi franchise, albeit in spinoff media. McGann reprised his role as the eighth doctor for the excellent mini-episode "Night of the Doctor," which helped set up the spectacular anniversary special and also explained how (spoiler alert!) his character regenerated.

Baker and McGann also portrayed comical versions of themselves in the farcical special The Five-ish Doctors Reboot, which is a hilarious romp that poked fun at all things Who-related and allowed many of the actors from the show 's 50-year history to parody themselves.

We're willing to bet a pound of Jelly Babies that both Baker and McGann will be fielding questions about the special, the anniversary, and anything else of a Doctor Who nature inside U of P Stadium come December. Probably makes 'em wish they had an actual TARDIS to jump two months into the future.

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest will take place from Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Admission ranges from $10 for a single-day pass to $30 for the whole weekend.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.