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Prequel: ‘The Doctor’s Meditation’

Guest cast: Daniel Hoffmann-Gill as Bors.

Written by Steven Moffat.

Directed by Ed Bazalgette.

Premieres at cinema screenings of ‘Dark Water’ and ‘Death in Heaven’ on 15-16 September.

Episode 1: ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’

Written by Steven Moffat.

Directed by Hettie Macdonald (Filming block 2).

Guest cast: Michelle Gomez as Missy, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins, Jaye Griffiths, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill as Bors, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil as Mr Dunlop, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson as Ryan, Harki Bhambra as Mike Jameson, Demi Papaminas, Jonathon Ojinnaka as a soldier.

Steven Moffat: “It features lots of Daleks and this time we mean it! Clara receives a mysterious summons and has to team up with Missy to search for the Doctor in a very, very old place.”

Steven Moffat: “Why not start with a blockbuster? Why leave it till the last two weeks? So yes, it’s like starting with a finale, and having a big, grand, movie-sized story…”

Peter Capaldi: “[The story features] the Doctor being in a very traditional battlefield, in which he tries to help a victim of war… but it backfires.”

Peter Capaldi: “[The story] places the Doctor in a conflict that is central to his being, as well as containning some subtle tributes to the ’60s, and truly wonderful guest performances.”

Peter Capaldi: “The Doctor [is] about to make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions.”

Steven Moffat: “[Clara’s journey in Season 9] is very pronounced. She continues to complicate and that relationship between the two of them is incredibly strong.”

Steven Moffat: “There are certainly surprises, but she’s still the same evil Missy she was last time.”

Michelle Gomez: “Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I’m delighted to be putting my lippie back on. I’m positively dying to see the Doctor again!”

Steven Moffat: “Everybody hide – Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill: “I was [playing] a Stone Cold type heel, pretty aggressive.”

Jenna Coleman: “Just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it’s thrown something totally new up.”

Steven Moffat: “As to changing it up with the companion [being a young female from present day Earth] … Wait and see. We absolutely could vary it.”

Jenna Coleman: “[The Doctor and Clara] are a bit addicted to each other, and to the dynamic they share. In a way, it’s actually quite dangerous now, because she realises there is no going back for her.”

Peter Capaldi: “I think [the Doctor] probably will be different again when he comes back [in Season 9] … we’re still pushing to find out who this character is – there are more mysteries about him.”

Jenna Coleman: “I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved and there’s so much more to do – I think [the Doctor and Clara have] finally just reached a point where they really understand each other!”

Episode 2: ‘The Witch’s Familiar’

Written by Steven Moffat.

Directed by Hettie Macdonald (Filming block 2).

Guest cast: Michelle Gomez as Missy, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins, Jaye Griffiths, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill as Bors, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil as Mr Dunlop, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson as Ryan, Harki Bhambra as Mike Jameson, Demi Papaminas, Jonathon Ojinnaka as a soldier.

Steven Moffat: “There’s a kind of scale that you can attain in a two-parter, that you can’t have in 45 minutes. It’s a scale that we’re not used to at the moment, as we haven’t done two-parters for quite a while. We do things in that first episode that I would say are very ‘two-parter-y’.”

Michelle Gomez: “We’ve managed to make Missy quite well-rounded and maybe even more human than the Doctor, and that was my challenge. I didn’t want her just to be the pantomime villain. There is a little dance that they are doing there which is quite subtle and their relationship is more human than has gone before with the Master and the Doctor. It’s almost domestic.”

Peter Capaldi: “[Missy is] more magnificently bad than ever before.”

Michelle Gomez: “Even I was a bit shocked at [Missy’s] level of disdain this year. 
She has no boundaries that girl, she is very naughty.”

Brian Minchin: “It’s not going to be Missy as you expect her to be. Steven [Moffat] likes to surprise everyone and he’s going to do that with this opening. Missy has an awful lot of sides to her and we’re going to see some new ones in this series. We also learn a bit more about her relationship with the Doctor…”

Steven Moffat: “I was thinking of the story of the first two-parter and I was thinking that [Missy] fits, she should be there. That character, if you get it right, does put a different light on the Doctor.”

Steven Moffat: “I’ve already asked [Michelle Gomez] to come back. The Master is never dead, no matter what happens to him or her. She’s entirely unzappable!”

Episode 3 / Episode 4

Written by Toby Whithouse.

Directed by Daniel O’Hara (Filming block 1).

Guest cast: Paul Kaye as Prentis, Arsher Ali as Mason Bennett, Colin McFarlane as Moran, Morven Christie as O’Donnell, Zaqi Ismail as Lunn, Steven Robertson as Pritchard, Sophie Stone as Cass, Neil Fingleton as the Fisher King.

Steven Moffat: “…features an underwater base plagued by creeping ghosts and an island that is about to be submerged in water. But who or what is doing this and how can the Doctor stop it? It’s very scary, atmospheric and claustrophobic, much like some classic episodes.”

The Mirror: “British former basketball ace Neil Fingleton, who is 7ft 7in, will play underwater creature the Fisher King, a crashed alien that makes its home in Loch Ness.”

Toby Whithouse: “[The story is] scary, claustrophobic, damp!”

Brian Minchin: “The mission statement we had was bigger adventures, and to go further in space and time. We’ve got a very confident Doctor, we’ve got a very confident companion and they’re both experts at doing this now so we can tell slightly bigger stories.”

Steven Moffat: “An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse … one of our scariest adventures yet!”

Paul Kaye: “Peter [Capaldi] is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up.”

Episode 5: ‘The Girl Who Died’

Written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat.

Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Filming block 3).

Guest cast*: Maisie Williams, David Schofield as Odin, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare as Leandro, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham as Chuckles, Murray McArthur as Hasten, Daniel Fearn as Baxter, Barnaby Kay, John Voce as Mr Fanshawe, Struan Rodger as Clayton (it has not been confirmed if these actors will be in Episode 5, Episode 6 or both).

Steven Moffat: “Those two are exceptional! The first part features Vikings fighting mercenary robots (and a dragon!)…”

Peter Capaldi: “They are real Vikings! They are not Robot-Vikings or Space-Vikings. In Viking times on Earth. Which is great. And that’s when we meet…erm….some more Vikings.”

Jenna Coleman: “We do an episode with some Vikings.”

Peter Capaldi: “…seeing Vikings on a spaceship is so incredible Doctor Who-ish. I walked in and saw [Jenna] in a spacesuit on a spaceship with a pile of Vikings and it just looked absolutely amazing.”

Maisie Williams: “Whether [my character] is good or bad is up for discussion, I think. She does put the Doctor to the test and it’s sort of a dynamic that we haven’t seen before.”

Maisie Williams: “I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”

Steven Moffat: “We’re changing the rhythm of [Doctor Who] quite a bit. For a long while, those 45-minute stories were the backbone of Doctor Who. The rule I’ve got is that you won’t be absolutely certain whether a show is going to be a two-parter or not. With each of the two-parters we’re doing, there’s a substantial difference between the two halves.”

Steven Moffat: “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Episode 6: ‘The Woman Who Lived’

Written by Catherine Tregenna.

Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Filming block 3).

Guest cast*: Maisie Williams, David Schofield as Odin, Rufus Hound as Sam Swift, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare as Leandro, Daniel Fearn as Baxter, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham as Chuckles, Murray McArthur as Hasten, Barnaby Kay, John Voce as Mr Fanshawe, Struan Rodger as Clayton, Karen Seacombe as Meg.

Steven Moffat: “…a group of Highwaymen dealing with a Norse god.”

Peter Capaldi: “…what’s great about Maisie is that she metamorphosises and she’s so different, the way she acts with different aspects of her character is very exciting and very compelling.”

Jenna Coleman: “[Maisie Williams] is utterly brilliant, as you would expect, and it’s a very surprising and intriguing storyline with her connection to us and her connection to the Doctor.”

Peter Capaldi: “Maisie [Williams] is fantastic. All I’ll say about her character is she shifts in cosmic ways.”

Brian Minchin: “We’re doing more two-parters – and not just conventional two parters. We’re doing linked stories where you might not be sure how they’re going to be connected until you see them. We’re pushing the storytelling that way, to give us more scale of adventure.”

Steven Moffat: “They’re not all two-parters – sometimes they’re just linked episodes. That 45-and-out rhythm has served us incredibly well for ten years, but there is a slight sense sometimes, about 35 minutes into the episode, you expect the hero music.”

Steven Moffat: “We’ve got some other stuff lined up from other writers – some new, some old, some middle-aged … I’m pretty excited. We’ve got some very, very good stuff coming.”

Episode 7: ‘Invasion of the Zygons’

Written by Peter Harness.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim (Filming block 4).

Guest cast: Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, Jaye Griffiths, Rebecca Front, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker, Aidan Cook, Shanaya Rafaat as newsreader Azi Kashani, Ben Nash as a police officer.

Steven Moffat: “…’The Day of the Doctor’ acted as a prologue to it. In it, the Zygons made peace with the Humans, but not every Zygon decided it was okay so they’ve been raising an army, silently and now they’re rising against UNIT!”

Steven Moffat: “I really like what we’ve done with the Zygons. It’s a terrific story. We’ve got this cracker of a two-parter. It’s a really good use of the Zygons. I’m really, really pleased with it.”

Peter Harness: “It’s nice to do a cliffhanger. And I tried to do the biggest cliffhanger I possibly could.”

Ingrid Oliver: “The Zygons are also back. There is only one person who can deal with it: the Doctor… and maybe Osgood, a little bit. You’ll have to see!”

Ingrid Oliver: “As every actor who’s worked on Doctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you’ll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a gonner after the last series!”

Peter Harness: “It’s a bit unbelievable to be bringing [the Zygons] back again – and also Osgood as well, another fan favourite. It’s a privilege to be telling a story about those two, and I think it’s quite an exciting story as well.”

Steven Moffat: “Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series. We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning – but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?”

Jemma Redgrave: “I’m here in Cardiff and really, really happy and thrilled because Kate Stewart is back.”

Peter Harness: “I’d love to write for Doctor Who for as long as I possibly can … I’m very happy to write past, present, future, parallel dimension or whatever.”

Steven Moffat: “‘The Day of the Doctor’ is all about the Doctor’s personal jeopardy, not really how terrifying the monsters are, but the Zygon design is so good – and the new ones can really move – that I’d like to bring them back again, make them proper frightening.”

Episode 8: ‘Inversion of the Zygons’

Written by Peter Harness.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim (Filming block 4).

Guest cast: Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, Jaye Griffiths, Rebecca Front, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker, Aidan Cook, Shanaya Rafaat as newsreader Azi Kashani, Ben Nash as a police officer.

Peter Harness: “So. A sequel to ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and ‘Terror of the Zygons’. Absolutely no pressure.”

Peter Harness: “A little secret. A discarded line from my S9 script: ‘You mean that time with the blobby fellahs and I was sitting in a television?'”

Peter Harness: “It’s also a partial sequel to ‘Mawdryn Undead’.”

Jenna Coleman: “There’s some really provoking episodes, actually … I suppose something that has a relevance to some stuff kind of happening today, really interesting … makes you think … provoking.”

Peter Harness: “[Steven Moffat] wanted to bring back the Zygons and Osgood. He gave me a starting point, basically, and I came up with the story elements around them.”

Peter Harness: “[Expect] consequences.”

Rebecca Front: “Work with Peter Capaldi again? In Doctor Who? Hell yeah…”

Episode 9

Written by Mark Gatiss.

Directed by Justin Molotnikov (Filming block 7).

Guest cast: Reece Shearsmith, Bethany Black, Elaine Tan as Nagata, Neet Mohan, Paul Courtenay Hyu as Deep-Ando.

Steven Moffat: “It wasn’t possible to do such an episode ten years ago, when the show came back and Mark [Gatiss] has been rewriting it over and over again to make it perfect.”

Daily Star: The episode is filmed in found-footage style, featuring “old phone and camcorder footage” and “the Time Lord’s followers filming their attempts to fight a monster”.

Brian Minchin: “We’re considering not even having opening titles and just running the footage.”

Jenna Coleman: “Today I shall mostly be working in a fridge.”

Mark Gatiss: “I’m … very excited about this particular story. It’s been brewing in the dark recesses of my mind for a while now!”

Bethany Black: “Now to sit back and wait until The Mail realises the BBC have cast an open trans lesbian in a family show.”

Reece Shearsmith: “Mark Gatiss has written a fantastic role for me in a very scary episode. It has been so exciting to be part of a very singular episode – which, I can say with authority will be unlike any previous episode of Doctor Who.”

Mark Gatiss: “[My new story] has been a tough nut to crack, but I’m delighted with how scary it is.”

Mark Gatiss: “…I do have a preference for historical stories. But I would love to do one set in the future.”

Episode 10

Written by Sarah Dollard.

Directed by Justin Molotnikov (Filming block 5).

Guest cast: Joivan Wade as Rigsy, Naomi Ackie as Jen, Caroline Boulton as Habbrian, Robin Soans as Chronolock Guy, Simon Manyonda as Kabel, Angela Clerkin, Jenny Lee as Elderly Woman.

Steven Moffat: “An episode which leapt out as “why haven’t we done this already? This is so Doctor Who we should be doing this immediately”. And when Sarah Dollard walked in with the finalised script, it was even better! Really, this is going to be a fan-favorite, everyone will want to rewatch it.”

Jenna Coleman: “…it feels like a new kind of episode for Doctor Who; I mean maybe more political.”

Sarah Dollard: “Getting to play in the Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true. It’s a total honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan.

Episode 11

Written by Steven Moffat.

Directed by Rachel Talalay (Filming block 6).

Brian Minchin: “Doctor Who has always been about taking risks. It’s never sat down and done a normal episode. It’s always done something extraordinary. Our audience likes to be challenged.”

Daily Star: Episode 11 is a single-hander story with just Peter Capaldi and no other cast members.

Rachel Talalay: “Episode 11 is one of the most complicated and different episodes that I’ve ever done. I can’t tell you anything about it but it just has my head in spaghetti.”

Steven Moffat: “I’ve got a script where I’ve set myself a ludicrous challenge. When Episode 11 comes up, you’ll see just how ludicrous a challenge I’ve set myself. I’m in a state of panic about it.”

Rachel Talalay: “I can say about [Episode] 11, some of the most flummoxing challenges I’ve ever been given as a director.”

Steven Moffat: “I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of [Season 9]. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!”

Episode 12

Written by Steven Moffat.

Directed by Rachel Talalay (Filming block 8).

Steven Moffat: “I won’t say anything else because it would be too spoilery, but when you’ll watch it, you’re going to ask how exactly the Doctor and Clara are going to pull it off.”

Jenna Coleman: “In a way [Clara] doesn’t fear as much because she’s got nothing to lose anymore. Because she’s kind of lost everything [since Danny’s death] and luckily the Doctor came back. But I think she no longer fears her own mortality in a way. Which obviously makes her a very reckless companion. Clara in part thinks she’s a bit of the Doctor, and she really isn’t. She’s obviously human, and is obviously gonna get herself in a lot of trouble if she starts to think like that.”

Steven Moffat: “[The Doctor and Clara are] having absolutely the best time ever. What could possibly go wrong?”

Rachel Talalay: “This year’s finale will look different from last year’s because they are very different stories and locations and feels.”

Peter Capaldi: “…there is an ever deepening shadow pursuing [the Doctor and Clara].”

Rachel Talalay: “These episodes are completely different from what I did last year.”

Peter Capaldi: “[The Doctor is] throwing himself into life with a newfound hunger for adventure. But I sense him running from something, that even he does not yet understand.”

Steven Moffat: “Jenna [Coleman] is obviously in all of the next series.”

Steven Moffat: “I know what [Season 9’s] arc is, I know where we’re going, I know what’s going to happen in broad terms throughout the show. It’s feeling very exciting!”

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