We’re only months away from Doctor Who returning to our TV screens for Season 9 (or Series 9 for U.K. fans). While most of the news for the upcoming batch of episodes has revolved around the supporting and guest characters, little has been revealed about the titular hero, aside from a minor costume change and slight shift in personality. Fortunately, series star Peter Capaldi has broken the silence by teasing what’s in store for the Twelfth Doctor in the season premiere. Unfortunately, it involves him making a gigantic mistake.
Included in EW’s interview with Capaldi is an exclusive image of The Doctor and the TARDIS on a barren landscape, the Time Lord with a shocked expression on his face. When the publication asked what’s happening in the photo, Capaldi explained:
The Doctor [is] about to make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions.
Capaldi went on to say that in Doctor Who’s latest batch of episodes, The Doctor has a newfound thirst for adventure and seeking thrills in all corners of the universe, though the actor suspects that the character may actually be running from something he doesn’t understand. Despite being a time-traveling hero who has saved the universe several times over, The Doctor is not perfect, and he has made mistakes both in the classic and revival series. Still, it sounds like whatever The Doctor does will have enormous consequences not just for the premiere, but possibly the rest of the season as well. Using the word “cataclysmic” has me wondering if this will be massive in scale akin to how he (originally) ended the Time War.
Capaldi also touched upon what fans can expect from the two-part season premiere, titled “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” which will include references to the early years of the classic series. He said:
It places the Doctor in a conflict that is central to his being, as well as containing some subtle tributes to the ’60s, and truly wonderful guest performances.
One of these guest performances will be Michelle Gomez reprising the villainous Time Lord Missy, a.k.a. The Master, in the opening two episodes. Other actors include Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver reprising their roles as Kate Stewart and Osgood, respectively, as well as Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams playing a mysterious role in the episodes “The Girl Who Died” and “The Woman Who Lived.” As with previous seasons, there will also be a diverse mix of old and new monsters, several of whom Capaldi describes as “very scary.”
Doctor Who Season 9 will air this fall on BBC America for U.S. viewers and BBC One for U.K. viewers.