As a part of New York Comic Con, BBC America took over The Theater at Madison Square Garden this morning for panels including Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; Doctor Who; and Who spinoff series, Class (check out our separate coverage of those panels). Dirk Gently started the day off with, before the panel guests appeared, a screening of the premiere episode.
Fans of the novels from which the show is adapted will immediately recognize that Gently has more of a relationship to the two Who series than merely airing on the same network. Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame) is the author of both Gently books and, at one point, worked on Doctor Who.
Writer and executive producer of Dirk Gently, Max Landis, may be in the know now about that Adams connection, but early on during the panel discussion said that when he first read The Long, Dark, Tea-Time of the Soul (the second Gently novel), he had no idea. As Landis explained it, he was 12 years old at summer camp, told to find something to read, and found the only book there that “sounded like it was science fiction” – Tea-Time of the Soul.