The Timelord is making a triumphant return to our screens as Doctor Who Series 9 begins filming in Wales this week. Peter Capaldi will be reviving the titular character, as will Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald on the show. The ninth series is being shot in Cardiff, according to a report from Wales Online.
Residents in Howard Gardens have been notified by letter that there may be disruptions in the area, a user tweeted yesterday. However, no further information about whether the Doctor himself will be there has been mentioned.
Green Base signs seen around Howard Gardens. Cardiff – Residents have received letter about filming #dwsr
— daveprince37 (@daveprince37) February 20, 2015
So what can fans expect to see in Series 9 of the ever-popular Doctor Who show? The Radio Times may have the answers. According to the website, the new series will open with a two-part episode entitled “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar.” Steven Moffat will be returning as lead writer, with Hettie MacDonald directing.
Moffat has also confirmed that Doctor Who fan favorite Missy will feature in Series 9’s opening episodes.
“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.”
Gomez appears pleased to be returning to play the antagonist, saying that “things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I’m delighted to be putting my lippie [sic] back on. I’m positively dying to see the Doctor again!”
While Series 9 is not expected to air for a while, eager fans can get their Doctor Who fix this April, as Aquinas College in Stockport will be offering an 11-week course on all things related to the show, including its history.
Doctor Who is one of the most significant TV shows in British history, dating all the way back to 1963. The original series ran for 26 seasons before ending in 1989. A revival of the show in 2005 heralded a new era of Doctor Who shenanigans. To date, 12 actors have played the famous Timelord, with Capaldi being the latest incarnation.
Capaldi was originally put forward for the role back in 1995 when production for the 1996 TV film began.
However, he was unable to land the role as he never attended the audition, stating, “I didn’t go. I loved the show so much, and I didn’t think I would get it, and I didn’t want to just be part of a big cull of actors.”
Series 9 will feature 13 episodes and is expected to hit the small screen this autumn. Let us know what your thoughts are on anything Doctor Who-related in the comments below.