Spoilers ahoy! Well, mild ones. 😉
Casting announcements reveal that the first story of the new season will be a two-parter. (Followed by another two-parter! Yay, we’re getting cliffhangers back!) And the cast list includes Michelle Gomez as the sinister Missy. The first part is “The Magician’s Apprentice” and the second part is “The Witch’s Familiar”, which certainly sounds intriguing, does it not? Also appearing will be Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, so UNIT’s making an appearance. TWo other actresses have been announced who have had intriguing prior appearances on Doctor Who, but of course there’s no word on who they are playing. They are Kelly Hunter (who played the Shadow Architect of the Shadow Proclamation in “The Stolen Earth”) and Clare Higgins (who played Ohila of the Sisterhood of Karn in “Night of the Doctor”). If they are playing the same parts as before, this could be very interesting indeed. If not, well, they’re excellent actresses, so I’m sure they’ll be a delight in any case. Directing the opening two-parter is yet another woman, Hettie MacDonald, who also directed “Blink”, so it’s safe to say expectations are high.
Ooooh, Series Nine cannot start soon enough!