Doctor Who series 9 will see the “glory days” of the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, with the pair set to have their, “biggest, most dangerous adventures” yet, according to producer Brian Minchin.
Filming now, it will follow last year’s series 8, which saw Clara struggling to adjust to Peter Capaldi’s older, more abrasive Doctor, and he himself contending with the question of whether he was a good man. Series 9, however, sounds like it’s going to move that all on, with the Doctor and Clara’s long experience of travelling together meaning that they will come back more confident.
“This series we’re telling the next stage of the adventure,” Minchin says. “As you saw in the [series 8] finale and the Christmas episode [Last Christmas] he’s kind of answered his question of ‘Am I a good man?’ and this year he’s having the time of his life, having dangerous and exciting adventures in time and space.
“These are the glory days of the Doctor and Clara. They’re having the biggest, most dangerous adventures they’ve ever had and they’re having great fun doing it…. The mission statement we had was bigger adventures, and to go further in space and time. We’ve got a very confident Doctor, we’ve got a very confident companion and they’re both experts at doing this now so we can tell slightly bigger stories.”
Speaking to SFX magazine, Minchin also expands on series 9’s shift towards two-parter storylines, with the first six instalments split into three sets of double episodes, saying that the series’ episodes will be linked in a way viewers may not expect.
“We’re doing more two-parters,” he says, “and not just conventional two parters. We’re doing linked stories where you might not be sure how they’re going to be connected until you see them. We’re pushing the storytelling that way, to give us more scale of adventure.”
Moffat himself told RadioTimes.com last week that the two-parters were intended to “change up the rhythm of it a bit.”
“That 45 minutes-and-out rhythm has served us incredibly well for ten years,” he explained, “but there is a slight sense sometimes – about 35 minutes into the episode, you expect the hero music…. It’s just making you slightly unsure you’ll get through the story by the time the music comes up. We’ve all got to be on our toes, can’t be relaxed.”
Doctor Who series 9 airs on BBC One later this year