The season nine premiere of DOCTOR WHO drew 2 million total viewers to BBC America Saturday night, with double-digit growth in all the key demos, making it the network‘s biggest season premiere ever, according to AC Nielsen and the net itself.
Sarah Barnett, president of BBC America said:
“DOCTOR WHO is unlike anything else on television, a storied franchise that is as fresh and contemporary as ever, with brilliant writing and superb performances. We couldn’t be more thrilled that new and returning DOCTOR WHO fans tuned into the live premiere in record numbers and we look forward to bringing more of the Doctor to this passionate audience.”
So last week, when Seth Rogan tweeted that PREACHER promo, it turns out he did it because AMC officially picked up the series — but he forgot to explicitly mention that. Way to promote your show, Mr. Executive Producer!
Rogen is exec-producing the 10-episode series with Evan Goldberg (This Is the End), and it is expected to bow in mid-2016.
The show’s official synopsis describes it thusly:
PREACHER centers on Rev. Jesse Custer (AGENT CARTER’s Dominic Cooper), a conflicted Texas minister who merges with a spiritual force called Genesis — making him more mighty than the Almighty. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip (AGENTS OF SHIELD‘s Ruth Negga) and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy (MISFITS‘ Joseph Gilgun), Custer begins a violent journey across the country in search of answers from a disenfranchised God. Lucy Griffiths (TRUE BOOD) also stars.
Preacher, which received a 10-episode order, is expected to debut in mid-2016.
When the Zygons return — and they will, later this season, in a two-parter penned by Peter Harness — the story will be a sequel to their last appearance, in the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.”
Called “Invasion of the Zygons” and “Inversion of the Zygons,” the story will take place in Mexico and London.
Peter Capadi shared some teasers about his Doctor’s first run-in with the shape-changers:
“This one’s quite dark. One of the things the show hasn’t done in its current invention is to reflect current events very much but I think this one does. It’s a good thing. You’ll see some fundamentalist arguments – it’s very interesting to play with that.
“We had a great scene: We chased a Zygon around a supermarket. He hid among the pizzas. This is what we do, this how we roll — we get Zygons into a supermarket and chase them.”
Series nine of DOCTOR WHO — the second for Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor and the last for Jenna Coleman as Clara — returns tonight with the first installment of a two-parter, “The Magician’s Apprentice.”
This is the official episode synopsis:
“Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara, survival seems impossible.”
“The Magician’s Apprentice” airs tonight at 9 on BBC America.
“The Magician’s Apprentice,” the debut episode of the ninth season of the revived DOCTOR WHO, and the second starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, premieres tonight at 9 o’clock on BBC America.
If you’re not already practically vibrating while waiting for the show to start, here are some intriguing photos to get you in the spirit.
These images remind of the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) performing for the Gods of Ragnarok in season 24’s “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy,” don’t you think?
If you’re not foaming at the mouth for the debut now, I can’t do any more for you…
Former DOCTOR WHO co-star Jenna Coleman, who had played Clara, assistant to the 2,000-year-old Time Lord on the 52-year-old BBC series since 2012, will play a long-lived character herself, Queen Victoria, in VICTORIA, an eight-part ITV drama about the British monarch.
“I am delighted to be cast as Queen Victoria in this ambitious drama of her life. She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story.”
Interestingly, Coleman played a version of Clara who existed during the Victorian era as a barmaid/governess.
Coleman, who confirmed her departure from the TARDIS this morning, will portray the queen from age 18 — when she ascended the throne — through her marriage to Prince Albert.
VICTORIA, recounting the life of the second-longest-serving monarch (behind the still-sitting Queen Elizabeth II), will begin filming in October.
Coleman’s final season as a series regular on DOCTOR WHO begins tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
Jenna Coleman confirmed this morning on BBC Radio 1 that she is leaving DOCTOR WHO this season.
“I have left the TARDIS,” Coleman told host Nick Grimshaw. “It’s happened. I filmed my last scene.”
Coleman confirmed that Clara’s exit has “been in the works for a very long time.”