The Doctor will once again be seeing the face of a confirmed-dead fan favorite in the upcoming ninth series of BBC’s Doctor Who, because, to quote showrunner Steven Moffat, “in a show about time travel, anything can happen.”
Scientist and human epitomization of the Doctor Who fandom Osgood, last seen, well, dying in series eight’s finale “Death in Heaven,” will be returning in the seventh and eighth episode two-parter to take on the Zygons, who were last seen in the 50th anniversary “Day of the Doctor” episode. On her return, Osgood portrayer Ingrid Oliver told Radio Times, “As every actor who’s worked on Doctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you’ll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour.”
Alongside Osgood, Kate Stewart, previously confirmed to return for the series premiere, will be guest-starring in the currently-unnamed episodes, written by Peter Harness (Season 8’s “Kill the Moon”) and directed by Daniel Nettheim, who helmed four episodes of Who spinoff K9 in 2010. Actress Jemma Redgrave’s extended involvement in series 9 was revealed in the following behind-the-scenes clip released by BBC:
Speaking of returns, companion Jenna Coleman recently spoke about her change of heart in resuming her tenure alongside Peter Capaldi’s time-travelling adventurer after her intended departure following series 8. “My contract came up last year and I decided that because I’d only done one series with Peter, I wanted a bit more time to explore that relationship,” Coleman told The Observer. As Moffat confirmed in Doctor Who Magazine, “[Series 8 finale ‘Death in Heaven’] was her last episode. Then she asked me if she could be in [the]Christmas [episode]. So I said, “OK, I’ll write you out in Christmas.’ She came to the read through and did the ‘write-out’ version – and again changed her mind.” Series 9’s episodes will make Clara the longest-acting companion of the show’s 2005 reboot, surpassing Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler, who appeared in 38 episodes.
Wales Online also recently released exclusive on-set footage and photos of filming in Fforest Fawr in Wales — in them are confirmed guest-star Maisie Williams in what appears to be a bandit costume. Though not much is known about Williams’ character in the two-part episodes she will appear, “The Girl Who Died” and “The Woman Who Lived,” it has been rumored that her character may in some way be a younger version of Clara. The actress, well-known for her role on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Arya Stark, has remained coy on the rumor.
Doctor Who will air its ninth series on BBC and BBC America this fall.