The ninth season of Doctor Who will see Peter Capaldi returning as the (overall) 12th incarnation of the time-traveling Doctor, with Jenna Coleman also back as his current human traveling companion, Clara Oswald.
Doctor Who season nine is still being filmed ahead of its Fall 2015 premiere on BBC One in the UK. However, that’s not stopping the Doctor Who cast and crew heading to Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego next week.
Capaldi told EW that it's “a great thrill” to be headed to Comic-Con International for the first time, adding that if 7000 people want to turn out to see him “it would be rude not to show up.” EW also released an exclusive image from the two part Doctor Who season nine premiere, which Capaldi explained shows the Doctor “about to make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions.” This ties in with his description of season nine in general:
“It places the Doctor in a conflict that is central to his being, as well as containing some subtle tributes to the ’60s, and truly wonderful guest performances.”
Once such guest appearance on Doctor Who season nine is from Game of Thrones cast member Maisie Williams, whom Capaldi describes as “A sharp, talented tornado.” (The only clue he gives for Williams' character is that she “shifts in cosmic ways.”) Another guest star for season 9 is Michelle Gomez, who returns as the utterly compelling and brilliant Missy. Capaldi says she is “more magnificently bad than ever before” and he also discussed the rest of the villains and monsters the Doctor and Clara will face:
“There is an epic sweep to this season and I think the villains and monsters reflect that. Great new ones, brilliant old ones, and some very scary creatures looming in stories with real emotional ambition.”
It will be nice to see Coleman back alongside Capaldi for this season, after she was finally confirmed to return back in December. At one stage it seemed as though her future was uncertain but Capaldi notes that they are back and “They’ve suddenly realized that they are the most fortunate people in all of time and space and are hellbent on adventure.” When we pick up with the Doctor for the start of season nine, Capaldi reveals he is in a good place - but in true Doctor Who spirit, there might be danger lurking:
“He’s throwing himself into life with a newfound hunger for adventure. He’s in pursuit of joy and grabbing every thrill that he can along the way. But I sense him running from something that even he does not yet understand.”
Capaldi’s comments all seem to point to an epic adventure through time and space for Doctor Who’s ninth “modern” outing, which is much needed after the rather lacklustre end to season 8. Steven Moffat returns as showrunner for this new season, as well as writer of the two part premiere (entitled “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witches Familiar”). Hettie MacDonald also returns as director, giving us high hopes for this outing since Moffat and MacDonald previously collaborated on one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever to air: “Blink” from season three.
It would be great to get some of the plot points from the season 8 finale ironed out- such as where Missy disappeared to when she was vaporized. Presumambly, with Gomez’s return that will be addressed in the first two episodes and hopefully other issues cleared up too. Indeed, the premiere may well come out strong, and coupled with Capaldi’s comments, we might be able to hope for a return to the great storytelling and strong characterization that has always made Doctor Who such compelling viewing.
Doctor Who season nine will air on the BBC in Fall 2015.