The ninth series (since the 2005 revival) of BBC's Doctor Who is set to air in less than two months!! To prepare for the triumphant return of the show on September 19th, I've made a list of the top nine things you need to remember for series nine. Allons-y!
1. The Doctor is all snug in his new body.
After spending nearly all of series eight questioning whether he was a good man, the series finale, "Death in Heaven", saw the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) finally come to the conclusion that he is neither a good man nor a bad man (as shown in the above gif).
Having come to this conclusion, expect the Doctor to be a lot more stable with his morality throughout the series.
2. Danny Pink is dead.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) is most certainly dead and will not make a reappearance in series nine. But what does this mean for the upcoming series?
Well, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) no longer has to choose between a love life with Danny on Earth and an extraordinary life with the Doctor in the TARDIS, meaning she will have (hopefully) little to no internal conflict in series nine and will continue undoubtably to travel with the Doctor willingly.
But if that rings true what will it be that causes Jenna Coleman's character to leave the show in the coming months/years?
3. Missy is still kicking.
Unless you live in Loch Ness with the Zygons, you know that that the Master/Mistress/Missy (Michelle Gomez) is returning in the series opener in some way, shape, or form.
Fan theories have surfaced that Missy has wiggled her way into Clara's head and will try to influence her in naughty ways.
But will Missy continue to claim that she wants to be BFFs with the Doctor or will she resort to plain evil for evil's sake like the "good old days"?
4. MAISIE FREAKIN' WILLIAMS IS COMING!!!
Ah, yes, another "Who's That Lady?" mystery. That's very new and original for Doctor Who...
*cough* Clara, Missy, and River Song *cough*
Any-who, what's not to love about the 18 year old Game of Throne actress, who's ready to get off her high horse and step into the timey-wimey Who-niverse?
So, be excited to see how her story plays out and study up on past characters of Doctor Who just in case that's the Moffat-ball we're thrown again.
5. We cannot be entirely sure that the entire series isn't just a dream.
Thanks to 2014's Christmas special, if you see Santa Claus (Nick Frost) at any point during series nine, you know the drill.
6. Peter Capaldi has been in the Who-niverse before.
Even if you know this, it's worth a refresher for the upcoming series, as showrunner Steven Moffat has stated that previous showrunner Russell T. Davies had a theory to try out with how the Doctor's new face has appeared twice before in Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Peter Capaldi portrayed the Roman merchant Caecilius in 2008's "The Fires of Pompeii" and government worker John Frobisher in Torchwood's "Children of Earth"
Moffat has said that Davies' theory will be addressed in series nine, while Capaldi himself has suggested that Caecilius will make a return.
7. These monsters are on their way.
According to the series nine trailer (and other sources) these are the monsters that are returning/coming to the show for the new series.
- Daleks (Been there, done that)
- Zygons (Obviously something went wrong with that peace treaty from "Day of the Doctor")
- Ghosts (Real ghosts or time travelers stuck in a bubble?)
- Robots (Been there a lot, done that a lot)
- Some dude with two faces
What new twist will the show bring for the monsters that are returning? Hopefully, it's that all they want is a cup of tea with the Doctor and Clara.
Just kidding, wouldn't that be awfully boring?
8. Take a deep breath, Osgood is back.
After her apparent demise at the end of series eight, the beloved UNIT scientist Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) has been confirmed to return in episodes seven and eight of the new series.
But take this with a grain of salt, because those are also the episodes featuring the Zygons, and who knows who they'll be impersonating this time...
9. We're in for one hell of a ride.
With a "massive cliffhanger" promised for the finale, a(nother) mystery woman, and the return of two parters we can most definitely expect an incredible series.
Doctor Who returns on September 19th on BBC One and BBC America.