[SPOILERS for Doctor Who season eight ahead.]
The last time we saw Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, he and his most recent human companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), has reunited, following an unexpected adventure with Santa Claus (as you do). Doctor Who season nine will feature both Capaldi and Coleman back in those roles, along with a plethora of enemies and friends(/?) both new and old - as revealed by the new trailer.
Also back for Doctor Who season eight is Michelle Gomez as Missy a.k.a. the latest incarnation of The Doctor's arch-nemesis, The Master. Last time we saw slippery Missy, of course, she had seemingly been vaporized - but knowing The Master, it's not a surprise that the maniacal Time Lord managed to cheat death once again (as confirmed by Missy's appearance in the season nine trailer footage).
Capaldi, Coleman, and Gomez were present at the Doctor Who panel for the 2015 International Comic-Con in San Diego, along with the current Doctor Who showrunner and lead writer, Steven Moffat. The above trailer was formally unveiled during said event (along with the official September 2015 premiere date), and Capaldi has summarized Doctor Who season nine as follows:
“[The Doctor and Clara have] suddenly realised that they are the most fortunate people in all of time and space and are hell-bent on adventure. (The Doctor) is 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…”
Coleman echoed that idea at the Doctor Who SDCC 2015 panel, saying that The Doctor and Clara have "found their groove and they're eating up time and space with reckless abandon."
There are several mysterious creatures and odd scenarios (see The Doctor playing guitar) that pop up along the way through the Doctor Who season nine trailer, though the preview concludes with perhaps the most tantalizing tease of all: just who is Maisie Williams' (Game of Thrones) character, who greets The Doctor as "Old Man"? Capaldi has teased before that Williams' character "shifts in cosmic ways" - could she be a different regeneration of The Doctor's long-missing daughter? River Song? Someone else altogether?
Moffat, as the Doctor Who showrunner, tends to love his plot twists and turns too much, arguably (see our rundown of issues with the Who season eight finale), but with season nine he shall be getting a helping hand from collaborators both familiar ("Blink" director Hettie MacDonald) and new (Torchwood series writer Catherine Tregenna). Here's to hoping the episodes ahead are as tantalizing, playful, and exciting as the season nine trailer makes them out to be.
Doctor Who season nine premieres September 19th, 2015 on BBC America.
Source: BBC America