Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are now filming Doctor Who series 9. Here’s a round-up of all the news, casting and rumors so far.
Latest: It would seem we're getting a new variation on Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who costume sooner than you might have expected.
A Twitter user took this snap on-set, revealing some snazzy tartan trousers and a pair of Ray-bans (which are probably Capaldi's own, to be honest).
The Last Christmas hoodie idea seems to have remained, too...
On the more official side of things, the Doctor Who Instagram page has treated to some cryptic production snaps.
Also this week, the BBC has announced that Maisie Williams, of Game Of Thrones fame, is joining Doctor Who season nine. The official announcement quotes here as saying “I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town."
Not that we know much about who she will be playing. Steven Moffat has said that “we’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”
Also: two stories have been confirmed, both of them period adventures. Jamie Mathieson (Flatline, Mummy On The Orient Express) is back to pen The Girl Who Died, whilst Torchwood's Catherine Tregenna has written The Woman Who Lived. Ed Bazalgette (Poldark) is directing.
Here's a picture of Maisie Williams in the TARDIS, that was also released...
Here comes the expected and very welcome news that Mark Gatiss (The Crimson Horror, Cold War, The Unquiet Dead) will be writing an episode for Doctor Who season nine. Picked up by Blogtor Who from an interview Gatiss gave to The Telegraph is this brief mention of his autumn episode:
“I’m in the midst of 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.”
It looks as though Gatiss' Who has returned to the dark side after the light-hearted fun of season eight's Robot Of Sherwood.
Mr Steven Moffat has given us the latest morsel of Doctor Who info, discussing the continuing development of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor with Doctor Who magazine (issue 484 is on shelves now).
“We’re not bringing him back exactly the same as we left him, at all. I think that was already evident at Christmas,” he explained. “He’s left some of the burden of being the superhero of the universe behind.”
“Also, Peter magnifies anything that is dark. So I’m pushing him – I’m writing quite funny this year – I’m pushing him the other way. He’s also got a Scottish gloom about him. If you gave him a Matt Smith script, it would come out very, very differently. I think it was great fun to do for a year. But no, that’s not how we’re going to play the rest of him.”
He concluded: “What I’ve been saying to him is ‘You’re the stern Doctor. You’re not the rude Doctor. You’re not a brusque Doctor. You’re kind of the don’t-give-a-damn Doctor! You actually don’t give a damn what you say to people.’”
So he doesn’t give a damn, quite frankly, but will also be funnier. An interesting blend, for sure.
Recently, As noted over on the wonderful Blogtor Who, musical stage star Gina Beck recently Tweeted the photo below accompanied by the words, "Very jealous that @BenFreeman20 was filming right next to Doctor Who yesterday!! Wahhhhhh!!!!". (It's a four exclamation mark kind of jealousy).
Filming for season nine is currently taking place in the Teide National Park in Tenerife, home to a volcanic landscape and the third largest volcano in the world. This snap of Freeman with Capaldi and Coleman over there has prompted some to ask what the deal is with the charred-looking red-eyed chap on the left. Is he a new Doctor Who volcano-related alien or just a passer-by in dire need of an exfoliating facial?
We'd been led to believe as much, but now the BBC has officially confirmed that Michelle Gomez as Missy has returned to Doctor Who season nine. Gomez is currently filming the new series in Cardiff, and had this to say on The Master's imminent return: “Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I'm delighted to be putting my Lippie back on. I'm positively dying to see the Doctor again!”
Steven Moffat followed up with, "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 season opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”
Also confirmed by the BBC as appearing in season nine will be Jemma Redgrave as UNIT's Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, newcomer Kelly Hunter, Claire Higgins and Jaye Griffiths. Other guest stars confirmed for the new series include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, and Demi Papaminas.
The ninth season of Doctor Who since its 2005 reboot is currently filming in Cardiff, and due to return to the BBC in Autumn 2015. All the info that's been released (or inferred) about the season so far is collected below.
BBC One's official Twitter account posted the following photo on Thursday the 12th of February, announcing that filming on block two of season nine was in full swing. Note one of the names on that clapperboard, a certain returning Blink director, Hettie Macdonald, who has recently been working on episodes of crime mysteries Fortitude and The Tunnel.
The question is, what can we glean from that swish-looking world map interface in the background? Is UNIT back in play in this part of season nine?
Airdate and structure:
While we don't have an official premiere date yet, it has been confirmed that Doctor Who will return in Autumn 2015.
Also, going off a year-old statement from Moffat, it is believed that there will be no mid-season breaks this time around.
“We’re not going to do splits [in Season 8]," he said this time last year, "and the same format will repeat exactly [for Season 9] the following year  like that. So it will be the traditional form.”
Cast and guest stars:
So far confirmed as appearing are (of course) Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Joining them in a two-parter will be Game Of Thrones’ Paul Kaye as a character named Prentis, it was revealed on an online CV. Kaye had this to say about his appearance in the show, "As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, 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!”
Joining Kaye in the two-parter directed by Daniel O'Hara will be Morven Christie, Archer Ali, Colin McFarlane, Sophie Stone, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.
Additionally, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat have both said publicly that Gomez is expected to return to the role of Missy in future, but details are thin on the ground at present.
We await news that series regulars the Paternoster Gang aka Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax (Neve McIntosh, Caitlin Stewart, Dan Starkey) will also be making a return.
Episode titles and synopses:
The Magician's Apprentice: The first confirmed episode title of season nine is The Magician’s Apprentice
The Witch's Familiar: will be the second half of the two-parter starting with The Magician's Apprentice, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink).
We also know that there's a two-parter in season nine, that's been written by Being Human's Toby Whithouse. Does that have anything to do with the character name of guest star Paul Kaye, Prentis? Time will tell.
That’s your lot so far, but we’ll keep updating this as soon as more titles and story hints arrive.
The writers are all in place for season nine, Executive Producer Brian Minchin assures us, not that we’re being let in on the secret just yet.
Toby Whithouse: has written two episodes for season nine, a "brilliantly creepy two-parter", according to Steven Moffat, who calls the double bill "one of our scariest adventures yet".
Steven Moffat: it's no surprise that head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat will be providing scripts for season nine. Moving on...
Catherine Tregenna: one name was revealed before Christmas, via an online CV that showed screenwriter Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood, Casualty, Inspector Lewis) to be behind at least one episode for Doctor Who season nine. Torchwood fans will be familiar with her terrific episode Out Of Time, as well as the likes of Captain Jack Harkness, Meat and Adam for the Doctor Who spin-off.
Mark Gatiss: the Sherlock co-creator confirmed last year that he was writing two Doctor Who episodes for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, later clarifying on Twitter “That doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in” the eighth season. Seeing as we’ve only seen one Capaldi ep from Gatiss so far, the light, bright, Robot Of Sherwood, chances are that one of season nine’s episodes will come from him.
Neil Gaiman: one name we can strike off the list of potential season nine writers is Neil Gaiman (The Doctor’s Wife, Nightmare In Silver), who told the Radio Times that, “I'm not writing for season nine right now, just because of ridiculous work commitments I'm trying to get out from under.” Gaiman is however, “determined to write for Peter Capaldi. As long as Peter is Doctor Who, I will write for him. And every time I'm in the UK, I go and see the Doctor Who people. I go see [producer] Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat, and none of us are going to let me go off the boil”.
Previous Who writers who, in recent months, have expressed out loud an interest in returning to write further episodes are Kill The Moon’s Peter Harness, Mummy On The Orient Express and Flatline’s Jamie Mathieson, Hide and The Rings Of Akhaten’s Neil Cross, and Torchwood's Chris Chibnall (though we'd expect Broadchurch to be keeping the latter busy for the foreseeable).
Being Human and Wizards Vs Aliens director Daniel O’Hara is directing two episodes of the new series, according to his agent’s online CV.
Tantalisingly, Hettie Macdonald - who directed 2007's much-loved Blink - will be returning. Having directed the definitive Moffat monster episode, many fans will be excited to see her return. We're told to expect her in block two of the season, which could well coincide with some filming time booked in Spain.
We’re also still being periodically teased that New Zealand director Peter Jackson will go behind the camera for an episode too, though we’ve heard nothing concrete on that for a while now.
The biggie of course involves the departure of Jenna Coleman from the season, and her replacement Companion in the TARDIS. Word was spread that Coleman was leaving the show at the end of 2014, but her reunion with the Doctor in the Christmas Special, Last Christmas, put paid to that idea. How long she’ll be sticking around in season nine for though, remains to be seen…
Source: Den of Geek