Fans of the long-running FOX sci-fi show The X-Files enthusiastically turned up at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening to see Mulder himself, David Duchovny, discuss the latest medium the series is tackling: an audio story.
The X-Files: Cold Cases is a new audio drama based on the Season 10 graphic novels by Joe Harris and Chris Carter. Now fans can hear Mulder and Scully themselves voice new X-stories. Yes, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny voice their roles, along with fan favorites Walter Skinner, the Lone Gunmen, and even the Cigarette Smoking Man also reprising their roles.
The panel kicked off with a spooky 30-second clip of the story before Duchovny and producer Dirk Maggs sat down to discuss how the audio drama process differs from video and how the project got off the ground. Duchovny made sure the stories were approved by Chris Carter before agreeing to the project — which they were.
Cold Cases takes place after the second film (I Want to Believe), where we join the story with Mulder and Scully in hiding. But fans will be happy to hear that they're together! Telling The X-Files stories in a new format will still have the same feel fans remember. Plus, just imagine Mulder and Scully talking directly into your ears ... that's probably something you can get on board with.
Duchovny said it's a different challenge when you can only use your voice, but in some ways for the audience it will feel similar to the early days of The X-Files (and even later on bits) when it was so dark the audience had to use their imagination to envision the monsters. Remember the episode "X-Cops," where the monsters were all inside the characters' heads? The audio drama requires a little more imagination from fans, but they seem up to the challenge.
Fan questions ranged from favorite monster (Dirk and David both like Flukeman) to the news that there is a William storyline in the new audio story. No news on Season 11, which Duchovny said he should receive a script for any day now.
After the panel, fans rushed the stage. It's amazing that the fan base is clearly so dedicated after almost 25 years since the show debuted. Luckily, the stories seem to be continuing across multiple media for the foreseeable future. The audio book is now available on Audible.