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…
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.”
DOCTOR WHO returns to screens around the planet Saturday evening, so of course it’s time to step up the speculation about when it’s all going to spiral into entropy.
Mysterious “sources” — those things multiply like adipose, don’t they? — claim to know what will happen in this year’s Christmas Special, and what will happen is very… weird.
If moviepilot.com is to be believed — in which case, SPOILER! — the 12th Doctor will encounter “a Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” in the form of his next incarnation and sexy companion!
It has already been widely rumored that Jenna Coleman’s Clara will not be in the 2015 holiday episode, making plenty of room for the return of River Song (Alex Kingston). The story will have the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and River fighting an alien menace in the far future.
And that’s where our heroes get a glimpse of the 13th Doctor: very young, wearing a blue suit and matching pea coat as well as sunglasses. The actor is said to be just 20 years old! Supposedly his new companion will be played by model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne!
Capaldi would then not have a 10th season, but rather a David Tennant-like succession of three hour-long “specials” throughout 2016 before leaving the role on New Year’s Day 2017.
Can you say Oodshit?
The BBC has released a second trailer to help get us psyched for the return of DOCTOR WHO just barely more than a month from now!
“Same old, same old — just the Doctor and Clara Oswald in the TARDIS!” Indeed!
There appears to be a lot of new aliens and monsters in this forthcoming season — but also another appearance from the Daleks. (I would really like to see an entire season without the bloodthirsty pepperpots but, alas, they are to be too popular to exile.)
This season will also feature a dragon and Maisie Williams, but there is no truth to the rumor that there will be a full-blown GAME OF THRONES crossover.
In case you’ve forgotten the season’s first trailer, you can see it again here.
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) will be back in action in just a few short weeks, when the series returns on Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
Filming for season nine of DOCTOR WHO has been under way for about a month now, and this week the cast and crew moved to a very familiar location: Tonyrefail School in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, which has stood in for Coal Hill School since “The Day of the Doctor,” and appeared in several stories last season.
Jenna Coleman was seen filming at the school along with Clara’s motorbike, but neither Peter Capaldi nor the TARDIS were glimpsed. This block of filming is directed by Hettie Macdonald (of “Blink” fame) and the episode is believed to be the season opener, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” which is also believed to be a two-parter.
The return of Coal Hill portends not only more workplace drama for Clara, but also another chance to bring back one of the original members of the TARDIS crew, former Coal Hill science teacher Ian Chesterton, played by William Russell.
This weekend’s new episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Mummy on the Orient Express,” is supposed to be very scary — but it’s also something of a mystery: Is the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) traveling without Clara (Jenna Coleman)? The promotional images for the story notably include no shots of Clara on the train. And we all know she sent him packing at the end of last week’s “Kill the Moon,” so is he off sulking?
Hit the jump for a collection of photos from “Mummy on the Orient Express,” featuring guest turns by comedian Frank Skinner (as the engineer chap) and singer Foxes (as the… er, singer) — and some intriguing descriptions of the storyline.