DOCTOR WHO Series 9: Everything we know so far - UPDATE

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It's our continuously updating round-up of all the information we have so far about Doctor Who series 9.


Everything we know as fact will be presented in regular type, anything that's rumoured but looking likely will be written in italics. You'll find links throughout to all the original news stories and articles containing further information.

You may want to bookmark this page and check back often as we'll keep updating it with all the new Doctor Who series 9 news as and when we get it, right up to when the first episode debuts.

Be warned that there are potential SPOILERS throughout!

So without further ado, let's get on with it.

Doctor Who Series 9

Just like last year, series 9 will consist of 12 episodes plus the Christmas special, as confirmed by Steven Moffat when announcing series 8:
"We’re not going to do splits [season], and the same format will repeat exactly the following year [for series 9]."
Filming began January 2015.

As we are getting closer to the broadcast date and a lot more details are revealed, we have moved all the filming information and other outdated sections to a new Series 9 archive page here.

Broadcast date: Series 9 begins on September 19th 2015.

Steven Moffat remains as Executive Producer/Showrunner for at least this year and the next, having signed a new deal for Series 10. When launching series 8 he said:
"I know what [series 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!"
Obviously at this point in time we have no idea what the arc or individual stories involve, but you have to suspect that Gallifrey is involved somewhere this year.


Principal Cast
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. After he was confirmed to be returning for a second year he said:
"We’re starting to have conversations about next year and I’m like ‘There are some amazing things coming along there!’ – Steven is telling me and I’m like, ‘Wow! Yeah!’ We’ve got some great ideas coming for 2015."
Jenna Colman as Clara Oswald - Last Summer many newspapers claimed Coleman was leaving at the end of series 8, then later ran stories stating she'd changed her mind so scripts had to be re-written. All of them were wrong, Coleman was signed up to appear in series 9 long ago, and at the press screening for Last Christmas Steven Moffat confirmed that "Jenna is obviously in all of the next series". Coleman herself added:
"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!"
UPDATE: Jan 8th
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine (issue 482) Jenna Coleman commented that Clara and the Doctor...
"... are a bit addicted to each other, and to the dynamic that they share. It’s getting so that one can’t go without the other, and I think that’s definitely what Clara’s realised. In a way that’s quite dangerous now, because she realises that there is no going back for her."


Recurring Characters
Michelle Gomez as The Master/Missy (confirmed by Gomez herself to Doctor Who Magazine last November). Moffat then said:
"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!"
Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart will be appearing in at least 4 episodes.


Trailers
The first trailer for Series 9 debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on July 9th...



Trailer number 2 arrived on August 12th...



Prologue



Prequel



A short prequel scene, called The Doctor's Meditation and set before the opening episode of Series Nine, will air in US Cinemas on September 15th. Find out more here.

UPDATE Sept 18th: Watch The Doctor's Meditation here.

Episodes 



Episode 1 
Block 2
Title - The Magician's Apprentice
Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by Hattie Macdonald
Part one of a two part story

Guest Starring - Michelle Gomez as Missy/Master, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins, Jaye Griffiths, Harki Bhambra, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill as Bors, Joey Price, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Dasharn Anderson, Demi Papaminas, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Benjamin Cawley, Stefan Adegbola, Shin-Fei Chen, Lucy Newman-Williams, Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg, Jonathon Ojinnaka.

Official synopsis:
Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.
Jenna Coleman spoke about the opening episode:
"Just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it’s thrown something totally new up."
UPDATE April 15th
A rumoured plot line suggests that a young Davros and the Daleks both feature in this story.

UPDATE August 17th
Steven Moffat previews this episode for SFX Magazine:
"This is the opening two-parter. 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."
View some official promotional images for The Magician's Apprentice here.


Episode 2
Block 2
Title - The Witch's Familiar
Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by Hattie Macdonald
Part two of a two part story

Guest Starring - Michelle Gomez as Missy/Master, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Jaye Griffiths, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas

UPDATE: Sept 8th
Official synopsis:
Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?


Episode 3
Block 1
Title - Under The Lake
Written by Toby Whitehouse
Directed by Daniel O'Hara
Part one of a two part story

Guest Starring - Paul Kaye as Prentis, Colin McFarlane, Morven Christie, Arsher Ali, Sophie Stone, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.

Official Synopsis:
When an underwater base comes under attack, the Doctor and Clara must save the frightened crew and defeat an impossible threat. But what is behind these terrifying events? And can they really be haunted by ghosts?
Steven Moffat revealed:
"An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action – for one of our scariest adventures yet!"
UPDATE August 17th
Steven Moffat previews this episode for SFX Magazine:
"This two-parter is written by Toby Whithouse and 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"

Episode 4
Block 1
Title - Before The Flood
Written by Toby Whitehouse
Directed by Daniel O'Hara
Part two of a two part story

Guest Starring - Paul Kaye as Prentis, Colin McFarlane, Morven Christie, Arsher Ali, Sophie Stone, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.

Official Synopsis:
On a remote Army outpost, a fearsome alien warlord – the Fisher King – sets in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival. The ripples will be felt around the universe. Is this chain of events inevitable? And can the Doctor do the unthinkable?


Episode 5
Block 3
Title - The Girl Who Died
Written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat
Directed by Ed Bazelgette
Part one of a two-part story

Guest starring - Maisie Williams, Rufus Hound as Sam Swift, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger. David Schofield as Odin. (At this time it is unknown if these guest stars will be in Episode 5, Episode 6 or both).


UPDATE May 5th
Best image so far released of the 'new monster' who will feature in this story...


UPDATE August 17th
Steven Moffat previews this episode for SFX Magazine:
"[These] two are exceptional! Doctor Who meets Game of Thrones! Well, only because Maisie Williams is in them. The first part features Vikings fighting mercenary robots (and a dragon!) and the second one sees a group of Highwaymen dealing with a Norse god."

Episode 6
Block 3
Title - The Woman Who Lived
Written by Catherine Tregenna
Directed by Ed Bazelgette
Part two of a two-part story

Guest starring - Maisie Williams, Rufus Hound, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger. (At this time it is unknown if these guest stars will be in Episode 5, Episode 6 or both).


Episode 7 - Two part story (part one)
Block 4
Title - Invasion of the Zygons
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
Guest Starring - Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, Rebecca Front, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook.

Featuring the Zygons.

UPDATE August 17th
Steven Moffat previews this episode for SFX Magazine:
"This one is written by Peter Harness and 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! We’ve been planning this forever and Osgood is in it! But how is that possible you’d ask? Missy killed her! Who knows? Well, we know."

Episode 8 - Two part story (part two)
Block 4
Title - Inversion of the Zygons
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
Guest Starring - Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, Rebecca Front, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook.

Featuring the Zygons.


Episode 9 -
Block 7
Title - Sleep No More

Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Justin Molotnikov
Guest Starring - Reece Shearsmith, Elaine Tan, Neet Mohan, Bethany Black and Paul Courtenay Hyu.

UPDATE August 17th
Steven Moffat previews this episode for SFX Magazine:
"This is a very unique Doctor Who story from Mark Gatiss. It wasn’t possible to do such an episode ten years ago, when the show came back and Mark has been rewriting it over and over again to make it perfect. It’s a beautiful story, very eerie and special, I think it’s going to be an instant classic."
Thought to be the Doctor-lite episode, and presented in a 'found footage' style.


Episode 10 -
Block 5
Title - Face The Raven

Written by Sarah Dollard
Directed by Justin Molotnikov
Guest Starring - Joivan Wade

UPDATE August 17th
Steven Moffat previews this episode for SFX Magazine:
"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."


Episode 11 - Two part story (part one)
Block 6
Title - Heaven Sent

Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Guest Starring -

In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine last Summer Steven Moffat revealed:
"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!"
UPDATE August 17th
Steven Moffat previews this episode for SFX Magazine:
"A challenge. 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."
It is rumoured that episode 11 will feature just the Doctor... but not just Peter Capaldi.

 

Episode 12 - Two part story (part two)
Block 6
Title - Hell Bent

Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Guest Starring -


Episode 13 - Christmas Special
Title -

Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Guest Starring - Alex Kingston as River Song

As has become the norm, the 2015 Christmas Special will be broadcast on Christmas Day itself.

That's everything for now, remember to visit our archived Series 9 page for all the filming schedule information, and we will keep updating them both with all the new Doctor Who series 9 news as and when we get it, so check back often.

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