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Series 9
35th season since 1963
14 episodes comprising 10 stories
starting with Last Christmas
Doctor Who Series 8 Logo
Series 9 promo postcard
Doctor: Twelfth Doctor
Companion(s): Clara, River
Key crew
Executive producer(s): Steven Moffat
Brian Minchin
Producer(s): Paul Frift
Peter Bennett
Derek Ritchie
Nikki Wilson
Series details
Start date: 25 December 2014
End date: 25 December 2015
Premiere network: BBC One
Typical episode length: 45'
More info
Main DWM coverage in issues: DWM 490 (full series preview), DWM 491 (episodes 1-4), DWM 492 (episodes 5-8), DWM 493 (episodes 9-12)
Official trailer
Official Doctor Who Season 9 Trailer01:31

Official Doctor Who Season 9 Trailer

Another official trailer
Doctor Who Series 9 Trailer 201:01

Doctor Who Series 9 Trailer 2

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Series 9 of Doctor Who began filming on 5 January 2015,[1] for an airdate on 19th September, 2015.[2] The regular series consisted of 12 episodes. This was Peter Capaldi's second series as the Twelfth Doctor[3] and Jenna Coleman's third. Clara Oswald's inclusion in series 9 marked her as the longest running companion of the BBC Wales series to date.[4]

Series 9 was Coleman's last. She said about the matter: "I have left the TARDIS and I've filmed my last scenes. It has been in the works for a very long time, Steven and I sat down a year ago, a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and the best place in which to tell a really good story. So hopefully that's what we've done. I think it's really, really cool. Obviously we're not going to give away any details but it will happen at some point this season."[5] Capaldi then revealed that the character of Clara would be leaving during episode 10 Face the Raven, adding that "It's a sad one, gripping and very strange." also saying that "[And] it's the end of the line for Clara Oswald played by Jenna Coleman who's been my companion for the last two years. It's the end of her story. I don't want to go into the details of it, but it's sad.", also telling that she wouldn't return, "Sometimes people can't come back. Sometimes things happen that they can't come back from."[6] However, Clara went on to appear as hallucination in episode 11 and then return alive in episode 12, but her fate remained unaltered and her departure still closed the door to future appearances.

Series 8 episodes Dark Water and Death in Heaven were shown in cinemas in 3D as a two-night event on the 15th and 16th September as a run-up to prepare for Series 9. A prequel scene to this series was shown at the end of this event. This screening was only shown in Russia, Canada, the United States of America and Denmark.[7] The special prequel was entitled The Doctor's Meditation. A Prologue was also released online.

The series saw Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor maintain the new outfit seen in Last Christmas, wearing a dark blue hoodie over a black jumper, along with his jacket, trousers and shoes from the previous series.[8] The series also featured the Doctor wearing t-shirts in place of his shirt, often with a pair of plaid trousers. Episode 10 onwards saw the Doctor wearing a red velvet jacket with a white shirt and black trousers, resuming a closer look to that of Series 8.[9] The series also featured the Doctor replacing his sonic screwdriver with a pair of sonic sunglasses. The last time the Doctor ceased to use the screwdriver was in his fifth incarnation, something which continued up until the final episode of the original series' run.[10] However, in the final moments of the series finale, a brand new, redesigned sonic screwdriver was created by the TARDIS for the Twelfth Doctor.

In DWM 480, Michelle Gomez confirmed that she would return in Series 9 as Missy, the latest incarnation of the Master who served as the central villain in Series 8. Moffat had previously teased details in DWM 475, stating "I've figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of [Series 9]. And it's a whopper. Ohh, I don't think you'll see this coming!" On 19 February 2015, it was announced that Gomez would return for the opening episode.[11]

On 17 December 2014, at a press conference for the Christmas special Last Christmas, Steven Moffat revealed the title of the first episode of the regular series to be The Magician's Apprentice.[12] The title was additionally revealed on-screen, at the end of Last Christmas. The second episode was revealed to be titled The Witch's Familiar.[11] "he Magician's Apprentice premièred at the Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh on 27 August, as a part of the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.[13]

Prior to the airing of Last Christmas, speculation about whether Jenna Coleman would stay on the show prompted her to announce that she would be continuing to appear in the series at the episode's press launch, stating the following: "It's wonderful – I've got another series of stories with the Doctor. I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved and there's so much more to do – I think they've finally just reached a point where they really understand each other!" Steven Moffat later confirmed this, saying: "Jenna is obviously in all of the next series."[14]

On Monday the 30th of March BBC revealed the title of two episodes; Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat's The Girl Who Died and Catherine Tregenna's The Woman Who Lived.[15][16] The two episodes were revealed to be two linked episodes rather than a conventional two-parter, being set in two time periods, the Viking era and 17th century, respectively.[17]

A question that had been brought up in Series 8 opener Deep Breath was the reason behind the Doctor's newest face and where he had seen it before. In DWM 486 Steven Moffat confirmed that the truth would be discovered, an event which occurred in Episode 5.[18]

Peter Harness revealed that his two-part story, Episodes 7 & 8, featuring UNIT and the Zygons, would have the key theme "consequences" and would be a sequel to the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.[19]

For the first time in the show's history, the series included an episode which featured only one non-cameo speaking part for its entirety. Referring to the episode, Minchin said: "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."[20]

The TARDIS console room set was modified, with circle-lit roundels becoming a prominent feature.

Series 9 set a record for most episodes filmed outside the UK, with no less than five episodes featuring scenes shot on location in the Canary Islands ("The Magician's Apprentice", "The Witch's Familiar", "The Zygon Invasion", "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent").

Peter Capaldi stated that he thinks "the Doctor has realised that, even at two and a half thousand years of age, life is short. And he's in a great position and he should enjoy it. But, at the same time, there's something stalking him that will make life less pleasant for him." He also claimed that there would be a monster that would "make you think carefully about regeneration", and that the series would feature "a couple" of monsters from the original series' run.[21]

Moffat stated in issue 490 of Doctor Who Magazine that the opening story of Series 9 would be a "movie-sized" story and a "blockbuster."[22]

Prior to the commencement of the series, Capaldi revealed that the run would not end happily, stating: "The Doctor and Clara are excited about the idea of having adventures this series, but that's a dangerous thing to do. They can't have a good time for too long. They have to pay for it. The Doctor has a profound knowledge of the past and future and he knows how things will come off in the end. He is aware darkness will fall."[20] BBC later confirmed that the series finale would see the Doctor return to his home planet Gallifrey, and face his own race, the Time Lords, having been pushed "to the brink of madness" in Episode 11.[23]

On 21 December 2015, Cult Box revealed both Last Christmas and The Husbands of River Song Christmas specials would be included on Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series boxset.[24] The Husbands of River Song is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon and guest stars Alex Kingston, Greg Davies, and Matt Lucas.[25]

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Production Edit

Crew Edit

Producers Edit

to be added

Writers Edit

Toby Whithouse returned to the series, writing Episodes 3 and 4, described by executive producer and showrunner Steven Moffat as "a brilliantly creepy two-parter".[26]

New to Doctor Who, but not the DWU, was Catherine Tregenna; the Torchwood writer penned the sixth episode of the series.[27] Tregenna contributed the first Who story written by a female writer since Helen Raynor's two-parter in Series 4.

Sarah Dollard was the third female writer since 2005 and second under Steven Moffat, penning the tenth episode of the series.[28] It marked the first time more than one woman wrote for the show in the same season or series.

Regular writer Mark Gatiss also contributed an episode, stating in an interview with the Telegraph that he was "in the midst of that right now – I broke off to come here today, in fact, but I'm hoping to finish the script tonight," and added, “It has been a tough nut to crack, but I'm delighted with how scary it is. I can't say any more than that."[29] The story was told in an unusual format, featuring only point of view and base camera footage showing Time Lord and Clara join a rescue team in an attempt to defeat a group of monsters. Executive producer Brian Minchin stated "We're considering not even having opening titles and just running the footage", something that did ultimately occur.[20] Instead the episode was given a title sequence in the form of a code.

Directors Edit

Hettie MacDonald directed the two-part series opener, making her the only woman to direct a series opener following Doctor Who's return to television in 2005 and one of only four women to direct Doctor Who television openers in the show's history, the last being Fiona Cumming in 1982. She also directed and the prequel minisode, The Doctor's Meditation. MacDonald had not directed an episode since Blink.[30][11]

Joining her was Daniel O'Hara, who directed the third and fourth episodes of the series.

Music Edit

Murray Gold returned as the series' score composer. In the finale episode, TV: Hell Bent, Gold had the rare experience of seeing his leitmotif for Clara Oswald, "Clara", graduate from soundtrack-only to a part of the diegetic narrative.

Filming Edit

to be added

Television stories Edit

Christmas special Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
N/ALast ChristmasSteven MoffatPaul WilmshurstClara returns to travelling with the Doctor.

Regular series Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
1 & 2 The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's FamiliarSteven MoffatHettie MacDonaldReappearance of Missy, Davros and the Daleks, Kate Stewart, Ohila and the Shadow Architect. First appearance of Jac. The Doctor gives away his sonic screwdriver and replaces it with a pair of sonic sunglasses.
3 & 4 Under the Lake / Before the FloodToby WhithouseDaniel O'HaraReappearance of the Tivolians. Before the Flood opens with fourth wall-breaking monologue and unique one-off theme variant.
5 The Girl Who DiedJamie Mathieson & Steven MoffatEd BazalgetteA clear explanation of the Twelfth Doctor's familiar appearance is given. First appearance of Ashildr.
6 The Woman Who LivedCatherine TregennaEd BazalgetteCompanion-lite episode. Reappearance of Ashildr.
7 & 8 The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion
Peter Harness / Peter Harness & Steven Moffat
Daniel NettheimReappearance of Kate Stewart, UNIT, Osgood and the Zygons. Death of Jac.
9 Sleep No MoreMark GatissJustin MolotnikovTold in "found footage" format, features unique one-off title sequence.
10 Face the RavenSarah DollardJustin MolotnikovReappearance of Rigsy and Ashildr. Death of Clara Oswald.
11 & 12 Heaven Sent / Hell BentSteven MoffatRachel TalalayReappearance of the Sisterhood of Karn, Gallifrey, Ashildr, Rassilon (in a new incarnation) and the General. The Doctor finally returns to Gallifrey and exiles Rassilon. Functional resurrection of Clara Oswald, by bending the Laws of Time to indefinitely stall her ultimate fate. Features old-style TARDIS design for the first time in the modern era. The General regenerates in the first regeneration to explicitly depict a Time Lord changing genders. The Doctor enacts a gambit to wipe away all his ties with Clara for their own well-being, but it backfires and erases most of his memories of her. Clara and Ashildr begin travelling in their own stolen TARDIS. The Doctor receives a new sonic screwdriver from his TARDIS. Heaven Sent primarily features only Capaldi in the cast.

Christmas special Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
N/AThe Husbands of River SongSteven MoffatDouglas MackinnonReappearance of River Song. Depicts the last encounter River has with the Doctor before the events of Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

Mini-episodes Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
N/APrologueSteven MoffatHettie MacDonaldA prelude to Series 9. Reappearance of Ohila.
N/AThe Doctor's MeditationSteven MoffatEd BazalgetteA prelude to Series 9, aired at special cinema showings of the Series 8 finale. First appearance of Bors.

Aliens/Enemies Edit

Stories set during this series Edit

Novels Edit

Audiobooks Edit

Comic books Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

DVD / Blu-ray Edit

Title Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Doctor Who: Last Christmas
Last Christmas
1 × 60 min. 26 January 2015 28 January 2015 17 February 2015
Doctor Who: Series 9: Part 1
The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar
Under the Lake / Before the Flood
The Girl Who Died
The Woman Who Lived
4 × 45 min.
1 × 48 min.
1 x 50 min.
2 November 2015 4 November 2015 3 November 2015
Doctor Who: Series 9: Part 2
The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion
Sleep No More
Face the Raven
Heaven Sent / Hell Bent
3 x 45 min.
1 x 50 min.
1 x 55 min.
1 x 60 min.
4 January 2016 13 January 2016 26 January 2016
Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song
The Husbands of River Song
1 x 65 min. 25 January 2016 27 January 2016 23 February 2016
Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series
Last Christmas
The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar
Under the Lake / Before the Flood
The Girl Who Died
The Woman Who Lived
The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion
Sleep No More
Face the Raven
Heaven Sent / Hell Bent
The Husbands of River Song
7 × 45 min.
1 × 48 min.
2 x 50 min.
1 x 55 min.
2 x 60 min.
1 x 65 min.
7 March 2016 9 March 2016 5 April 2016

Notes Edit

  • Originally cast in the role as Odin was Brian Blessed who portrayed King Yrcanos in four episodes of the 1986 story The Trial of a Time Lord, but had to pull back due to illness.[31]
  • Bethany Black is the first ever openly transgender lesbian to be cast in Doctor Who. Black did not play a transgender role.[32]

Footnotes Edit

  3. Ritman, Alex (November 17th, 2014). 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Confirms Peter Capaldi to Return for Season 9. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on November 25th, 2014.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2
  24. Martin, William (21 December 2015). 'Doctor Who' complete Season 9 box set release and extras announced. Cult Box. Retrieved on 21 December 2015.
  25. Catherine Doctor Who Christmas special 2015: new photo and details revealed. Telegraph (1 December 2015). Retrieved on 18 December 2015.
  26. BBC - Filming begins on Doctor Who Series 9. BBC (January 14th, 2015). Retrieved on January 26th, 2015.
  27. Martin, William (November 24th, 2014). Catherine Tregenna writing 'Doctor Who' ep for Season 9. CultBox. Retrieved on November 25th, 2014.
  28. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PCNews

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