Peter Capaldi: Doctor Who series 9 premiere sees the Doctor “make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions”

A new photo from series 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar teases, "the Doctor in a conflict that is central to his being..."

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Doctor Who series 9 is only a few months away, and Peter Capaldi has been teasing its opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar. 

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Speaking ahead of his appearance at San Diego Comic Con next week, Capaldi tells Entertainment Weekly that the episodes place, “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.”

The references to the ’60s sound pretty intriguing. Although not as intriguing as his description of the new series 9 photo below, which he says shows… 

 … “the Doctor about to make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions.”

There’s not much in the photo to suggest what that mistake could be, although wherever the Tardis has landed it doesn’t look particularly inviting. 

Speaking of the Twelfth Doctor in general, Capaldi says that in series 9, “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.”

Steven Moffat has hinted before that the Doctor’s direction will change next series, telling RadioTimes.com earlier this year that “We’re continuing to develop his Doctor which is a thing he’s very keen on. [Peter Capaldi] doesn’t just want to come back being the same Doctor. He wants to move it on.”

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Doctor Who series 9 airs on BBC One this autumn