Doctor Who series 9: opening episode titles revealed, Michelle Gomez and Jemma Redgrave to return

Missy and Kate Lethbridge Stewart will be back in The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar…

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It’s been quite a morning for those desperate for Doctor Who series 9 knowledge, with three pieces of new, significant information being released by the BBC. 

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The first? Doctor Who series 9’s first two episodes will be a two-parter called The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, both written by Steven Moffat and directed by Blink director Hettie MacDonald. They are the second two-parters to be filmed, with another already in the can but taking place later in the series. 

The second, of course, is that Michelle Gomez’s Missy / Master is back! Given that both Gomez and Steven Moffat have confirmed this before, it’s not new information, but it is now known that she will be starring in series 9’s opening two episodes, meaning that – since she apparently died in series 8 finale Death In Heaven – she won’t have been off our screens for too long. In characteristically devious fashion, she announced her return via the video below. 

Speaking of Gomez’s return and teasing details of the openers, Moffat said: “Everybody hide – Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.” Intriguing…. 

And last, but not least, is the return of Jemma Redgrave among other guest stars. Having filmed The Day of the Doctor in the series’ 50th anniversary special and Dark Water and Death in Heaven in series 8, she will return once again as Kate Lethbridge Stewart for series 9. 

Also confirmed for the episodes is actress Kelly Hunter, who fans may recognise from as a member of the Sisterhood of Karn from The Night of the Doctor, who will feature alongside theatre and TV actress Clare Higgins and Jaye Griffiths, who has previously featured in Silent Witness and Casualty. 

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Doctor Who series 9 returns later this year