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‘Who’ Series 9: Kate Stewart to return, UK’s ‘Make It Digital’ to be part of show

As the filming for Doctor Who‘s ninth series proceeds, a flurry of news continues to come to light. We already know seven-time episode writer Mark Gatiss is penning his eighth for the Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s second year aboard the TARDIS, but here’s what else we’ve found out about the Doctor and companion Clara’s upcoming adventures:

Samuel Anderson would love to return to the Whoniverse
Danny Pink portrayer Samuel Anderson spoke this month at the Cardiff Film and Comic Con about his hopes of boarding the time-traveling phone booth once again. “[Doctor Who] was one of the best things I’ve ever done…I felt like I’d only just got started,” said Anderson. Mind you, it’d be a bit difficult, seeing as his character Pink, love interest to Clara Oswald, was turned into a Cyberman in series 8’s finale. However, hope may still lie in the future with yet-to-be-born descendant Orson, whom Anderson also portrayed, doing a little time-traveling himself. “If [Steven Moffat] doesn’t write the Doctor going back in time and changing it,” he says, “I’m hoping Orson might end up going back in time…you never know in ‘Doctor Who’ – anything could happen.” (Source: Total Geeks)

Kate Stewart and Missy/The Master will return to the Whoniverse in series 9’s premiere
Series 9’s Steven Moffat-penned premiere, “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” will see the return of series 8’s regenerated baddie The Master, a.k.a. Missy, and U.N.I.T.’s Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, who was saved by her now-Cyberman late father, the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, in the series 8 finale. Though not much more is known about the premiere, showrunner Moffat offered a teaser about the two-part adventure: “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.” (Source: Radio Times

Toby Whithouse has penned a two-parter for the series
Gatiss isn’t the only one returning to the writer’s room: Toby Whithouse, the creator of BBC series Being Human, has penned another adventure for Doctor Who, his fifth since the show’s relaunch. Described by Moffat as “one of our scariest adventures yet,” the only detail known about the two-parter, set to be episodes 3 and 4 aired in the fall, is its guest-star Paul Kaye, of Game of Thrones fame. Whithouse primarily wrote episodes for Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor – “The Vampires of Venice,” “The God Complex” and “A Town Called Mercy,” specifically – but he also was the one who brought classic Who companion, the late Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Smith, back together with The Doctor in series 2 episode “School Reunion”. (Source: Radio Times)

Hettie MacDonald and Daniel O’Hara on board to direct episodes
Hettie MacDonald, who previously helmed the Tenth Doctor episode “Blink,” is directing the two-part series 9 premiere, “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” while Daniel O’Hara, a newcomer to Who but not to sci-fi, having had his hands in Being Human and Wizards vs. Aliens previously, is the director for the Toby Whithouse-penned two-parter. Though it remains to be seen how O’hara will handle the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, MacDonald’s direction for the fantastic Weeping Angels episode “Blink” helped win it a Hugo Award in 2008. (Sources: BBC America, BBC)

Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci wants to write for Who
The guy who brought Julia Louis-Dreyfus to the White House is interested in taking the Doctor on an adventure. Iannucci, who has previously worked with Peter Capaldi on BBC political comedy series The Thick of It, spoke to the Guardian about his conversations with Moffat about the possibility. “I’m a big fan of Doctor Who and obviously with Peter, who’s loving it, it would be nice to [write an episode],” he said. “…in our conversations there was an idea we had, but it may be a wee while yet before we get round to working out when it would be.” For now, “it’s all on hold,” with Iannucci “committed for the next year or so” to other projects. (Source: The Guardian)

BBC’s “Make It Digital” awareness initiative likely to be implemented into series 9
Doctor Who’s UK fans won’t have to just sit idly as they watch the Doctor embark on his adventures – they can make their own! BBC’s “Make It Digital” initiative is likely to be worked into the scripts of the next series, according to the company’s creative director Alan Yentob. A statement released in March states the challenge’s implementation into the beloved show “is to encourage and celebrate fan creativity and showcase some of our audience’s amazing user-generated content”. This challenge follows last year’s children’s educational game “The Doctor and the Dalek,” which interwove basic computing knowledge throughout a “dangerous quest” with the Twelfth Doctor. (Sources: Radio Times, BBC)

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