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Ninth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who stars prestigious actor Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and his faithful companion Clara Oswald played by Jenna Coleman as seen in this image.

The doctor and clara

Casting

The ninth series marks Peter Capaldi's second full series as the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor. Following the departure of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald during the 2014 Christmas special, a new full-time companion was needed. On January 11, 2015, it was announced that Kate Bracken would replace Coleman as the next companion. Showrunner Steven Moffat stated that her character will be different from previous companions. In March 2015, it was announced that actor Tom Hughes will join the cast as the recurring character, James Warwick.

Beyond the casting of Kate and Tom, the first major guest star of the series was announced in March 2015 when it was revealed that Lara Pulver has been cast in an episode. Subsequently, Santiago Cabrera, Charles Dance, Nicola Harrison, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Oliver Lansley, Charlotte HopeRuth Sheen, and Kathy Burke were cast in guest roles.

List of episodes

Episodes Title Directed by Written by
1 The magician's apprentice Douglas Mackinnon Steven Moffat
2 "Beauty and the Beast" Ben Wheatley Phil Ford & Steven Moffat
For her first trip in the TARDIS, the Twelfth Doctor takes Mia to one of the most beautiful planets in the universe. After she is separated from the Doctor, the time traveller learns that not everything is what it seems while his new companion meets an android named Ava.
3 "Blood lust" Paul Murphy Jamie Mathieson
The doctor takes Mia to Victorian era London for her second TARDIS trip. However, after being reunited with detectives Henry Jago and Gordon Litefoot, they soon discover some strange and sinister murders,with the corpses drained of blood. A hidden menace stalks the streets of London, a menace with a thirst for blood...
4 "Blankface" Paul Wilmshurst Steven Moffat
5 "Episode Five" Paul Wilmshurst Steven Moffat
6 "Invasion of the West" Paul Murphy Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat
The doctor takes Mia and James to the ancient West for a relaxing break. But the townspeople are under attack from aliens. The trio must try to fight the creatures off, but soon discover a formidable for from the past.
7 "Episode Seven" Douglas Mackinnon
8 "Episode Eight" Rachel Talalay
9 "The Robots of the Round Table" Paul Murphy Mark Gatiss
Mia is offered the chance to choose the next destination for herself and the Twelfth Doctor. They go to meet King Arthur, after learning the Doctor's past meeting of the legend. Travelling to Camelot, they soon realise that something is amiss as the people of Camelot are being attacked by unfriendly robots.
10 "Episode Ten" Douglas Mackinnon Toby Whithouse
11 "Episode Eleven" Ben Wheatley Steven Moffat
The Doctor, Mia and James saw the mysterious woman which in the Doctor's timeline
12 "Home" Ben Wheatley Steven Moffat

Production

Writing and development

In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat likened his inital plans for the new companion to Polly from William Hartnell's third season to Patrick Troughton's first season, with the companion being from the 60's, but as writing went on Moffat decided to go back to the modern-day companion worried that some audiences will not relate to the inital companion.

Jamie Mathieson, who wrote two episodes in Series 8, indicated in September 2014 that he had been approached by Moffat to contribute to Series 9. Mathieson confirmed that he would be writing at least one episode for Series 9 in August 2014, while Toby Whithouse, who contributed one episode to Series 6 and another episode to Series 7, and Mark Gatiss were developing scripts. However, neither were able to confirm initially whether these would be for Series 8 or a subsequent series. On 4 June 2015, it was confirmed they were both writing an episode.

Gareth Roberts, who has written six previous episode for Doctor Who, has been confirmed to be returning for Series 9. On 10 January 2015, it was announced that Peter Bennett and Nikki Wilson) would produce the series. Will Oswald is editing Episodes 1, 2, 6 and 8. On 25 March 201, it was announced that Phil Ford will write an episode with Moffat.

Filming

In August 2014, actor Peter Capaldi initially announced that filming was scheduled to begin in January 2015, after the broadcast of Jenna Coleman's departure in the Christmas special. In late 2014, announcements were made for various directing appointments for the new series, with a total of six episodes allocated initially; in October, the second and last two episodes of the series were allocated to Ben Wheatley, with production due to start in December 2014. In November and December, three further episodes were allocated to Paul Murphy and Douglas Mackinnon. The first read through took place on 17 December 2014.

Filming began on 8 January 2015 in London, with Peter Capaldi and Kate Bracken shooting their first scenes for Series 9 on 7 January 2015.

On 26 February 2015 it was announced that Paul Wilmshurst would also direct an episode.

On 15 May 2015 it was announced that Rachel Talalay would be directing one episodes of the series.

On 1 July 2015 filming for the finale took place.

On 18 July 2014 filming with the Cybermen took place.

Filming on the series was completed on 10 August 2015.

Promotion

Broadcast

International broadcast

DVD and Blu-ray releases

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