A Guest Blog by Hevy782
Around this time last year I did a post on the build up to series eight explaining everything we knew about it so far. Now I’m going to be doing the same for the upcoming series nine by examining the recent trailer we got from comic-con as well as all the other information we’ve been drip-feed by the BBC over the past months. The first thing to quickly note is something that came along towards the end of the trailer, the release date. So it’s now been confirmed that series nine will be starting on the nineteenth of September which is almost a month later than series eight started last year and will also mean a very short gap between the finale and the Christmas special. It also looks like we’ll be getting a lot more two-part stories which is fine by me as I feel that quite a lot of one-part stories end up having rushed endings and being just plain unmemorable. Now onto one of the two-part stories themselves, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar which will kick start the series in September. They are written by show runner Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald. The Doctor and Clara will of course be back along with Michelle Gomez as Missy, making a swift return after her inclusion in the series eight finale. Hopefully she’ll have a better plan this time. Also confirmed for this story is Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart along with Clare Higgins who previously appeared in Night of the Doctor as the High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn and after looking at some scenes in the trailer I wouldn’t be all too surprised if she was playing this role again.
Next up is another two-part story, this one written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Daniel O’Hara. While we don’t have any titles for the individual episodes it has been confirmed that this is a “ghost story” and so I’m guessing that many of the ghost like monsters in the trailer are from this story. It also appears to be set on an underwater base and it’s a story I am quite looking forward to as I love the sort of horror this story appears to be going for. The fifth episode is The Girl who Died by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat which appears to be linked with the sixth episode, The Woman who Lived by Catherine Tregenna, but it appears that they are not being counted as a two-part story. The inter-linking presence in both of them is Masie Williams’ character who appeared at the end of the trailer and very little is known about her other than she will apparently be giving the Doctor the right sort of hell. The episodes, both directed by Ed Bazalgette, appear to be set in two different periods of history with featuring Vikings and mysterious robots which can be seen in the trailer. Clara has also been spotted wearing a space suit and it appears some hugging will be going on in at least one of these episodes.
Kill the Moon writer Peter Harness is back for episodes seven and eight which are currently untitled but we do know that they are directed by Daniel Nettheim. What else do we know? Well we know that the Zygons will be making a return along with Osgood in some way, shame or form. Kate Stewart will also be back once again and thanks to this story involving a great deal of location work we appear to know a lot more about this story than we do most of the others. However, I won’t be diving too deeply into that but I will say that it appears that the Zygon’s plan involves children in some way which can be seen in the trailer when a Zygon kidnaps a child at the park. I moderately excited about this story as while I do love the Zygons I feel that they weren’t handled too well in Day of the Doctor and I’m not totally sure I have much faith in Peter Harness after Kill the Moon. There’s very little to say about episode nine other than it will be written by Mark Gatiss. Episode ten on the other hand we can talk about as it features the return of Rigsy who previously appeared in Flatline. It’s written by Sarah Dollard and directed by Justin Molotnikov (who may or may not be directing episode nine as well) and will also apparently be playing about with the idea of reality. Rachel Talalay will be back for the two-part series nine finale written by Steven Moffat and it is apparently very different from last year’s and Rachel Talalay herself has said that episode eleven is a big challenge for her. That’s all we have for the episodes themselves but in terms of characters it’s been claimed that the Doctor and Clara’s relationship is very different to what it was back in series eight. It’s said that they’re much more comfortable with each other now and are now in their glory days, exploring the galaxy and meeting all the wonders of the universe together.
So then, it seems like some great stuff is on the horizon. However, I am trying to keep my anticipation in check as I said similar things last year about series eight and ended up being at least slightly disappointed by almost everything in that series apart from Peter Capaldi and Jamie Mathieson. Anyway, hopefully the inclusion of many more two-part stories will allow the storylines to be more developed and engaging and I also hope that tonally it will live up to the dark hue that the trailer gives off. So then, what are you most looking forward to seeing in series nine? Please leave your thoughts below while we wait for The Magician’s Apprentice to arrive on the nineteenth of September, now less than two months away…