‘Who’ Series 9: New photo and hints about premiere

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Looks like fans are in for a wild ride this fall!

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi spoke about the upcoming ninth series of popular sci-fi show Doctor Who, dropping a few hints about the two-part premiere, “The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar.”

“It places the Doctor in a conflict that is central to his being,” Capaldi said, noting in the new photo (above) that “the Doctor is about to make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions.” With the regenerated Master, or “Missy,” confirmed to appear in the opening adventures, it’s probably safe to assume that the character, described by Capaldi as “more magnificently bad than ever before,” has something to do with it.

He also spoke on the series’ expansive roster of guest stars, raving about Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, set to appear in the two-parter “The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived,” as “a sharp, talented tornado” and hinting her character “shifts in cosmic ways.” (If this sounds a little like Clara, don’t expect any answers from Maisie Williams, who has kept vague about the rumors of her character being a younger Clara.)

“[The Doctor]’s throwing himself into life with a newfound hunger for adventure. He’s in pursuit of joy and grabbing every thrill that he can along the way,” says Capaldi. “But I sense him running from something, that even he does not yet understand.” Perhaps it’s the search for home planet Gallifrey, saved from its initial destruction in the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”? Or maybe it’s something close to home, such as how he truly feels about travel companion Clara Oswald, whose boyfriend Danny Pink was turned into a Cyberman in series 8’s finale? (Showrunner Steven Moffat says the Doctor fancies her, Capaldi says no — it’s a bit wibbly wobbly.)

Doctor Who is set to hold a panel in the famous Hall H at San Diego Comic Con on July 9th (click here for more information about the panel and its schedule). Asked about his first trip there, Capaldi remarked it’s “a great thrill to be invited along,” but he is “very nervous” about the 7,000-strong audience at the panel. “[I] don’t think I’ve ever stood in front of 7,000 people in my life. But if 7,000 people want to see us, it would be rude not to turn up.”

Doctor Who’s ninth series is set to air on BBC and BBC America this fall.

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