Well then, here we go again: that period when Doctor Who is filming a new series, and impatient fans are desperate to know anything they can about it.
Luckily for them, though, RadioTimes.com have compiled everything known about series 9 so far – and will be updating with every scrap of solid information we can get our hands on. So keep watching this space…
The first two episodes will be a two-parter called The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar
They will be directed by Blink’s Hettie McDonald, with Steven Moffat on writing duties.
Here’s the first picture from the episodes
The BBC tweeted out the picture with the tease: “Red dots on a world map… What d’you think it means?” No idea, but we are suddenly gripped with the urge to move to Canada…
It’s been officially confirmed that Missy will feature in series 9’s opening two-parter
Speaking of her return, which she herself announced via a video, Steven 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.”
Along with Jemma Redgrave’s Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
UNIT’s Chief Scientific Officer will return to face the Master once again in series 9’s opening two-parter.
Other guest stars in the episodes include…
Actress Kelly Hunter, who fans may recognise from as a member of the Sisterhood of Karn from The Night of the Doctor, theatre and TV actress Clare Higgins and Jaye Griffiths, who has previously featured in Silent Witness and Casualty.
Filming on series 9 began on January 5th…
And a full, unsplit series of 13 episodes is set to air in the autumn
The episodes being filmed first are a two-parter written by Being Human’s Toby Whithouse…
… who has previously written Doctor Who episodes School Reunion, Vampires of Venice, The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy. It is said to be episodes 3 and 4 of series 9 and has been described as “brilliantly creepy” by Steven Moffat.
Game of Thrones’ Paul Kaye will guest star in the episodes
And will be playing a character called Prentis. Could this mean that he has something to do with the first episode of series 9, The Magician’s Apprentice? And if so, then does that mean that Whithouse’s two-parter is not the only episodes he will feature in?
Speaking of the role, Kaye has said: “As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who,” he said, “they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid ‘90s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double. Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat – best 50th birthday present ever!”
Other guest stars confirmed for the two-parter include…
Also starring in the episodes will be Morven Christie who recently played the role of Amanda in the crime drama Grantchester. Arsher Ali who played the part of Malik Suri in The Missing will also take up a role in the guest cast alongside Colin McFarlane, who appeared in Eastenders as part of the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline.