It's been a month since my last blog in relation to the upcoming series of Doctor Who but within the last few days enough interesting things have emerged to warrant another one as we get closer and closer to the ninth series, starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as the Doctor and Clara Oswald respectively.
First of all, the BBC have released a nice promotional picture of both the Doctor and Clara with an interesting paragraph to accompany it ....
It shows the world’s greatest heroes in explosive form, dashing from danger but - knowing those two – running headlong into more trouble!
Is it me or does that possibly signal (along with the glory days mantra from Moffat and company) that this upcoming series might end up separating both the Doctor and Clara at the end of it? Not saying it will, but certainly not ruling it out at the moment either. Meanwhile fans of Maisie Williams, it's been confirmed that her character in The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived will be a brand new character and not a returning face as previously speculated. Unless Steven Moffat is lying, which he did cryptically add when answering that question at the Television Critics Association last week.
Meanwhile filming has moved onto episode nine of Series 9. The episode will be written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Justin Molotnikov (who also directed Sarah Dollard's episode) and will guest star Gatiss's League Of Gentlemen co-star Reece Shearsmith. The actor who also played Patrick Troughton in 2013's biopic An Adventure In Space And Time will be joined by Elaine Tan (Eastenders, Entourage), Neet Mohan (All in Good Time, Desert Dancer), Bethany Black (Cucumber, Banana) and Paul Courtenay Hyu (Dalziel and Pascoe, Coronation Street). A very impressive cast there.
There's also a current rumour circulating through Private Eye that Series 10 might not air in 2016. I'll post a link and if it turns out to be true, then I'll discuss it in a future blog post.
Series 9 News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/75f0e28d-b74a-43f3-a0c2-fa8aded8dac8
Private Eye Article: http://www.kasterborous.com/2015/08/private-eye-claims-no-full-series-of-doctor-who-in-2016/
Series 9 of Doctor Who will air on BBC1 and BBCAmerica from September 19th.