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The Doctor Who Season 9 premiere may be the darkest ever and will feature the return of a classic villain

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Apr 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT (Updated)

If we believe a new rumor that’s currently making the rounds online, Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is about to go down his darkest path ever, even though showrunner Steven Moffat claims he made the Doctor more lighthearted this upcoming season. Promises, promises.

The Mirror claims to have nabbed exclusive details about the opening episode of the ninth season of Doctor Who. If true -- it’s still a rumor at this point, and it comes from The Mirror, so we have to take this with at least a tiny grain of salt -- this opener may have some of the darkest stuff we’ve ever seen on the BBC series. Do you still want to find out? I warn you, it’s extremely spoilery and reveals the return of a classic baddie.


Here’s the report from The Mirror:

Doctor Who will kick off the new series with one of its darkest ever plots as Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord ponders whether to murder a child.

The dramatic season opener is based on a line muttered 40 years ago by Tom Baker’s Doctor in Genesis of the Daleks.

At the time, he asked: “If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?”

Capaldi’s nightmare unfolds after the Tardis takes him to a battlefield where he realises he is face to face with a younger version of his arch-enemy Davros, who went on to create the Daleks.

The dictator, played as a grown-up by Julian Bleach, was last seen in 2009 when he locked horns with David Tennant’s version of the Doctor.

This time he returns to Dalek planet Skaro and holds the Time Lord captive as he struggles to save the evil machines from dying out.

Whoa! That would be some very dark stuff indeed! The Doctor considering the murder of a child? A storyline plucked from something the Fourth Doctor said in an episode that aired 40 years ago? The return of Davros? Cue the epic, gut-wrenching drama. What do you guys think? Are you excited about this possible storyline, or do you think this is way too dark for Doctor Who?

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