After long months of waiting, Doctor Who will be returning to a BBC/BBC America station near you this Saturday. So, what do we expect when we’re expecting the Doctor? According to the BBC, which released the episode guide for upcoming Season 9, we’ll be getting Missy, Daleks and much more.
Here’s a look at the Time Lord’s future adventures:
Episodes 1 & 2: The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar
This two-parter is about Missy (the utterly fabulous Michele Gomez), aka the female incarnation of the Doctor’s nemesis, the Master.
According to the cast list, Jemma Redgrave will reprise her role as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart.
The BBC writes, “Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible…”
As for part 2, “Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?”
Episodes 3 & 4: Under The Lake / Before The Flood
The only details about the two-parter the BBC has revealed: Showrunner Steven Moffat said the story is “brilliantly creepy … one of our scariest adventures yet!”
Episode 5: The Girl Who Died
Episode 6: The Woman Who Lived
Although it’s not explicitly stated as a two-parter, Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark in Game of Thrones) will be appearing in both “The Girl Who Died” and “The Woman Who Lived.”
According to the BBC, Moffat said, “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways … This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”
Episodes 7 & 8: The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion
Even though we saw scrappy young Osgood die in Season 8, it seems she’ll be back in this two-parter … just in time to meet the Zygons. Yay?
Episode 9: Sleep No More
The episode has been written by Mark Gatiss, the multitalented actor, writer and comedian who also stars as Mycroft in BBC’s Sherlock. This will be Gatiss' eighth script for Doctor Who.
Episode 10: Face The Raven
This episode see the return of young graffiti artist Rigsy, previously seen in the episode “Flatline.”
Episodes 11 and 12: Heaven Sent / Hell Bent
There are only two details about the episode. 1) It ends on a cliffhanger, and 2) director Rachel Talalay’s said, “Episode 11 is one of the most complicated and different episodes I’ve ever done … It just has my head in spaghetti!”
There we have it, Whovians. Are you ready for Season 9? Let us know in the comments.