Doctor Who Series 9 – Here’s What We Know So Far

The new series of Doctor Who begins in just over a month now, on September 19th. Are you ready? Are you caught up on last season? If not, perhaps now’s a good time to do so. I think I’ll have to give the previous season a rewatch in the weeks. In my review, I examined 8 themes from Doctor Who series 8, which you can find here.

Before we break down what we’re to expect from the new season, though, let’s get back in the mindset by watching the new trailer again.

Probably one of the best trailers we’ve had in a while. Perfect balance of spooky, intrigue, and excitement. Great score too, I wonder if that was Murray Gold.

Episodes 1 & 2
The Magician’s Apprentice | The Witch’s Familiar

    Two-Parter written by Steven Moffat
    Directed by Hettie MacDonald (Blink)
    Guest stars Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jaye Griffiths (Sherlock), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Clare Higgins (The Night of the Doctor), Kelly Hunter (The Stolen Earth).
    Filming took place in Tenerife, specifically Teide volcano, and the Caerhilly Castle in Wales.
    Peter Capaldi told EW “it places the Doctor in a conflict that is central to his being, as well as containing some subtle tributes to the ’60s, and truly wonderful guest performances.

Episodes 3 & 4
Title TBA | Title TBA

    Written by Toby Whithouse
    Directed by Daniel O’Hara
    Guest stars Neil Fingleton (Game of Thrones), Morven Christie (Twenty Twelve), Colin McFarlane (Voyage of the Damned), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Steven Robertson (Being Human), Sophie Stone (Midsummer Murders), Asher Ali (The Missing).
    First story filmed for Series 9. Rumored title for episode 3 is Written in the Stars.
    Rumors claim deaf characters are included. 

Episodes 5 & 6
The Girl Who Died | The Woman Who Lived

    The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat
    The Woman Who Lived written by Catherine Tregenna
    Directed by Ed Bazalgette
    Guest stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), David Schofield (Merlin) as Odin, Rufus Hound (Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor) as Sam Swift, Tom Stourton (Horrible Histories).
    At Comic Con this year, Capaldi and Coleman mentioned that there’d be Vikings on a spaceship involved.
    The two episodes were filmed in part at St. Fagans and Margam Castle.


Episodes 7 & 8
Title TBA | Title TBA

    Written by Peter Harness (Kill the Moon)
    Directed by Daniel Nettheim
    Zygon 2-parter, featuring Osgood (possibly two Osgoods).
    Guest stars Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Jaye Griffiths (The Magician’s Apprentice), Rebacca Front, Aidan Cook.


Episode 9
Title TBA

    Written by Mark Gatiss
    Directed by Justin Molotnikov
    Guest stars Elaine Tan (Eastenders), Reece Shearsmith, Neet Mohan (All in Good Time), Paul Courtenay Hyu (Dalziel and Pascoe), Bethany Black.
    Mark Gatiss says this script is quite scary.


Episode 10
Title TBA

    Written by Sarah Dollard
    Directed by Justin Molotnikov
    Guest stars Jovian Wade as Rigsy (Flatline).


Episodes 11 & 12
Title TBA | Title TBA

    Written by Steven Moffat
    Directed by Rachel Talalay (Death in Heaven)
    Episode 11 is rumored to be the episode where we discover why the 12th Doctor’s face is the same as Lobus Caecilius in the series 4 episode The Fires of Pompeii.
    Possible return of Missy. Possible explanation as to why Heaven looks the same in Deep Breath as the location Amy Pond found herself in in The Girl Who Waited.


11 thoughts on “Doctor Who Series 9 – Here’s What We Know So Far

  1. A nice overview of what we know so far and a few pieces of casting there I’d somehow missed. Can’t wait to see these stories and see what’s in store. It’s going to be a long month…

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  2. Thanks for the info. I wrote up my thoughts on the trailer after seeing it the first time, and I’m still of the opinion that this series is going to ask the question of whether or not the Doctor still saves people.

    I’m glad they’re addressing why the Doctor looks like Lobus Caecilius, but what would be really impressive is if they could also explain why Amy Pond was in Pompeii too.

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  3. Looking good! Love the mix of writers, castles, explanation of why the Doctor has someone else’s face – or does he? – seeing more of Kate Stewart, and finding out who Maisie’s character really is.

    Loved last season, hardly a dud in there at all, and I thought Capaldi’s Doctor and Clara made a good team. Good excuse to look at Season 8 again, too.

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  4. Interesting… I am looking forward to the new series. I thought last series was a step up. I liked Matt Smith, but too often he was saddled with less-than-stellar scripts to carry… I thought Capaldi did a good job and was generally given stronger stories.

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