Steven Moffat, Doctor Who‘s showrunner, is tinkering with the structure of the show in season 9. Season 8 was lacking in the two-parter episodes that had become a staple of the show, and this season there will be more of them than ever before. Something Moffat, who discussed the upcoming season with DigitalSpy, wants to employ to keep audiences on their toes.
“It’s just making you slightly unsure you’ll get through the story by the time the music comes up.”
The cliffhanger aspect also doesn’t hurt to keep viewers coming back for more.
Peter Capaldi is set to wear the mantle of the Doctor for a second season while Jenna Coleman will return as current companion, Clara Oswald. Michelle Gomez reprises her role as Missy, aka The Master, to torment the Doctor in the opening two-parter. An opener that’s supposed to add darkness unlike anything seen on the show before.
“The Doctor’s best friend is a murdering psychopath. What are we going to do with that?”
At the beginning of the month, Inquisitr reported on several leaked tidbits about the fifth and sixth episodes of Doctor Who season 9, “The Girl Who Died” and “The Woman Who Lived” respectively. Maisie Williams, Arya Stark from HBO’s Game of Thrones, will guest star. And a new monster will appear.
— Blogtor Who (@BlogtorWho) April 22, 2015
When stories of a Doctor Who movie surfaced in the summer of 2012, Moffat talked to EW and was quick to dismiss them.
“There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity.”
One of the latest casualties of the leaked Sony emails is a renewal of the reports of a Doctor Who movie. Moffat sat down with RadioTimes.com at the Bafta TV Awards nominations party to talk about the rumors, and his reaction seems to have calmed down to the point where he’d be willing to accept it, with a strong proviso.
“You can’t make a movie that damages the TV series. That’s the only thing I’d say about it. I’m very happy for there to be a movie, very happy [for there] to be a theatre show — anything you like — but the TV show is incredibly important and must not be hurt. Everybody knows that.”
No firm date for the release of Doctor Who season 9 has been announced, but Moffat has said that it will premiere around the same time of year that season 8 did, making it sometime in the early fall, around late August.
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