DOCTOR WHO: Series 9 Archive Page

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Our archive page of previous Doctor Who series 9 updates and filming information.


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

Find all the episode information on our main Series 9 page here.

In an interview with EW Moffat revealed:
"As ever, Doctor Who is a combination of complete daft silliness and loads of people getting slaughtered in the early evening. Tonally, [series 9 will be] very much the same [as series 8]. Peter is getting stronger and more confident in the role."
UPDATE: Feb 19th
After a lack of two-part stories, the BBC have confirmed that Series 9 will open with two of them back to back, episodes 1 & 2, and episodes 3 & 4.


Writers
Obviously Steven Moffat will be providing a handful of scripts. He's confirmed he's at least responsible for the penultimate episode, and will most likely be writing the series opener, the finale and the Christmas Special - at least.

In March last year Mark Gatiss confirmed that he was writing two episodes for Peter Capaldi. Series 8 saw his Robot of Sherwood script air, so presumably the other episode is for this series. What his other episode involves is unknown but in a separate interview Gatiss spoke about his desire to pen another Ice Warriors story to follow his 2013 script, Cold War.

Update: March 15th
In an interview with The Telegraph Mark Gatiss revealed:
"I’m in the midst of [writing] that right now – I broke off to come here today, in fact, but I’m hoping to finish the script tonight. 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."
Catherine Tregenna (who has previously written for Torchwood) is penning a script for this series. She'll be the first female writer on the show since 2008

Neil Gaiman has ruled himself out of series 9, but is determined to write for Capaldi's Doctor in the future.

Neil Cross was linked with a series 8 episode which never came about, possibly held over for series 9? In 2013 he did say he was in talks with Steven Moffat about writing for Peter Capaldi:
"There’s a whole bunch of stuff I want to do [but] I have to find out from Steven what his intentions for the Doctor are and what sort of stories he wants me to write."
Other writers rumoured to be writing for series 9 include Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness, Jamie Mathieson, Jack Lothian, Chris Chibnall, Toby Whitehouse and Phil Ford.


Directors
Peter Jackson is still in discussion to direct an episode. He revealed that talks are "actually kind of serious", and went on to say that now he has finished work on The Hobbit trilogy "I would be very happy to [direct an episode of Doctor Who]."

Daniel O'Hara is the first director confirmed for series 9. He will be directing 2 episodes (Block 1). Although he's new to Who, O'Hara has previously directed Being Human, Silent Witness and Wizards Vs Aliens.

UPDATE Jan 21st: Hettie MacDonald, the director of Blink, will be behind the camera for at least one episode of series 9. UPDATE Feb 12th: MacDonald will be directing Block 2, which likely includes the opening episode.

Rachel Talalay, who was resposnible for series 8's two-part finale Dark Water/Death In Heaven, has had "talks" about returning to direct.

Paul Wilmhurst (Kill The Moon, Mummy On The Orient Express and Last Christmas) is heavily expected to be returning for at least two episodes

Douglas MacKinnon, who will be directing the 2015 Sherlock Christmas Special (that started filming January 2015), is also rumoured to return to Doctor Who for series 9, following his three successful series 8 episodes, Listen, Time Heist and Flatline.


Filming Schedule

Block 1 filming
Block 1 consists of episodes 3 and 4, and began production on Monday January 5th in Cardiff. 

UPDATE Jan 6th:
Paul Kaye is the first confirmed guest star. His character name is Prentis. Exact episode is unknown, but he is in Block 1 of filming.

UPDATE Jan 14th:
Colin McFarlane is the second confirmed guest star for series 9. He is already filming so will appear in a Block 1 episode. McFarlane has previously starred in Torchwood: Children of Earth as General Pierce.

Daniel O'Hara is directing, find more details about Block 1 here.


Block 2 filming
UPDATE Feb 12th
The BBC confirmed filming for Block 2 began today, with Hettie Macdonald directing. The image above was tweeted with the accompanying text...
Red dots on a world map… What d’you think it means?
Any guesses?

Block 2 consists of the opening two episodes of Series 9

UPDATE Feb 15th
Jemma Redgrave aka Kate Stewart has been spotted on set, along with several extras in UNIT uniforms. Although it's likely to be for the opening episode, that has not been confirmed.

UPDATE Jan 12th
It looks like Doctor Who is headed to Spain for at least part of an episode, as Ali Asad, director of photography for Block 2, tweeted:

UPDATE Feb 25th
Actress Gina Beck tweeted this image from the Doctor Who set in Tenerife...


...possible new villain there?

UPDATE Feb 26th
Today the BBC have released an official image from the Tenerife shoot...


UPDATE Feb 27th
BBC America have released an official image and short Vine video of the location filming...






Block 3 filming

UPDATE April 23rd
With Block 3 of filming underway, which includes episodes 5 and 6, some images of a new monster have been released. View them here, plus a short video featuring Rufus Hound at the read through for block 3...




UPDATE May 4th
Here's a short video of Maisie Williams playing a masked highwayman...



UPDATE April 18th
David Schofield join the cast as Odin for both episodes 5 and 6 (the part was to be played by Brian Blessed but he had to withdraw due to illness). It's been rumoured that these 2 episodes could be a Viking adventure, and the character name of Odin certainly adds to that idea.

UPDATE May 1st
New images have leaked online showing Maisie Williams dresses as a highway robber, possibly this two-part story takes place in multiple time periods.

UPDATE May 4th
New image...


Block 4 filming

UPDATE May 1st
Block 4 will consist of episodes 7 and 8.
The BBC released a short read through video featuring Jemma Redgrave who will return as Kate Stewart for these episodes.



Block 5 filming

UPDATE: May 29th: ....




Update June 10th


View a full gallery of images from the June 10th Block 5 filming here.

Block 6 filming

Update July 7th
Added an onsite video with director Rachel Talalay...



That's everything for now, remember to visit our main Series 9 page for all the episode 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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