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Doctor Who to return as Jenna Coleman set for final series as Clara


Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return in the new series

Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return in the new series

Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return in the new series

Doctor Who fans will be getting their last glimpse of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald when the new series returns to BBC One.

Coleman has played the Doctor's assistant in the BBC sci-fi series for three years, making her the longest-serving assistant since 2005.

She will continue to don costumes from another era, though, as she is set to play Queen Victoria in a new eight-part ITV drama.

Peter Capaldi returns as the Time Lord.

The show's executive producer, Steven Moffat, has previously been tight-lipped about what fans can expect for the ninth series, which begins on Saturday.

However, in a move sure to send the excitement levels of Doctor Who fans to Gallifrey itself, he has teased every episode of the forthcoming run in the latest edition of the Radio Times.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss returns to Doctor Who to write ninth episode Sleep No More, while Heaven Sent - the first of the two-part series finale - is rumoured to be the show's first ever single-hander featuring only Capaldi.

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Viewers can also look forward to guest stars such as Game Of Thrones's Maisie Williams, who appears in episodes five and six, League Of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith, comedian Rufus Hound and fan favourite Michelle Gomez, reprising her role as the Doctor's nemesis Missy (aka The Master).

The popular sci-fi show promises to introduce a spine-chilling new gang of monsters, including a species called the Mire, as well as a whole city full of classic villains the Daleks.

Here is Moffat's Doctor Who series nine episode guide.

1. The Magician's Apprentice

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Hettie MacDonald.

"In your terms, a will. This is the last will and testament of the Time Lord known as the Doctor."

When even the Daleks can't track down their ancient foe, and the Doctor's old friend and nemesis, Missy, is forced to ask for help, does it mean that the mad man in the box has truly disappeared? The answers are more dreadful than Clara's worst imaginings, and she finds herself embarking on a journey into the Doctor's worst nightmare...

2. The Witch's Familiar

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Hettie MacDonald.

"The Doctor is trapped. He's a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the greatest warrior race in history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick."

What is the Doctor's confession? Why did he really leave Gallifrey all those centuries ago? And is it a secret he is willing to give up?

3. Under The Lake

Written by Toby Whithouse, creator of BBC Three's Being Human, and directed by Daniel O'Hara.

"It's impossible! It's evil! I hate it! It's astonishing! I want to KISS IT TO DEATH."

The Doctor and Clara arrive to find a base under siege from beyond the grave. But how can the dead be walking? What has brought them back? When the Doctor discovers the truth, it's more terrifying than any simple ghost story.

4. Before The Flood

Written By Toby Whithouse, directed by Daniel O'Hara.

"Doctor. Hello. Can I just say: huge fan."

In the eerie remains of a town that never was, something is stalking the Doctor and his friends. A desperate battle for survival is under way, but this time our heroes already know which of them is going to lose. Can anything stop the Fisher King? And, more importantly, who composed Beethoven's Fifth?

5. The Girl Who Died

Written by Jamie Mathieson, who also penned Being Human episodes, and directed by Ed Bazalgette.

"There's going to be a war tomorrow. And here's some news, this just in - we are going to win the hell out it!"

The Doctor and Clara have 12 hours to turn a handful of farmers and blacksmiths into a fighting force ready to face down Odin himself. And there's more - because this is the day when the Doctor remembers where he's seen his own face before.

6. The Woman Who Lived

Written by Torchwood's Catherine Tregenna, directed by Ed Bazalgette.

"Ninja, nun, surgeon, scientist, composer, inventor... it's a fantastic CV."

England, 1651. The highwayman known as the Nightmare is plaguing the land. The Doctor, on the trail of an alien artefact, is brought face to face with the consequences of his own actions. For once he encounters someone who won't let him turn his back on the things he has done. But will the Nightmare be his friend or foe?

7. The Zygon Invasion

Written by Peter Harness, who adapted BBC One drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and directed by Daniel Nettheim.

"Operation Double is a covert operation, outside of normal Unit strictures, to resettle and rehouse an alien race, in secrecy, on planet Earth."

A long time ago, the Doctor made a deal in the Tower of London. Twenty million Zygons walk among us, in human form, living undetected in peace and harmony. But cracks are showing in this delicate peace. Humans and Zygons are disappearing. Unit's scientific advisor, Osgood, sends a desperate message to the Doctor - but since Osgood is long dead, how is that even possible?

8. The Zygon Inversion

Written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat, directed by Daniel Nettheim.

"Humans cannot accept us the way we really are. If we cannot hide, we must fight. You're going to be the first. You're going to be the first to make the humans see."

The future of planet Earth is sealed in a box in Unit's back archive, and only the Doctor knows what's inside. The Doctor and Osgood find themselves fugitives in a London where no one can be trusted - but the wily old Time Lord knows there is one last hope for peace.

9. Sleep No More

Written by Sherlock's Mark Gatiss, directed by Justin Molotnikov.

This is footage collected from a space rescue mission. If you value your life, your sanity and the future of your species, DO NOT WATCH IT.

10. Face The Raven

Written by Sarah Dollard, one-time Neighbours writer who went on to BBC dramas Merlin and Being Human and directed by Justin Molotnikov.

"There have always been rumours. Stories passed from traveller to traveller, mutterings about hidden streets, secret pockets of alien life right here on Earth."

The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a secret alien world, folded away among the streets of London. Not all of them will get out alive. One of the three intruders must face the raven.

11. Heaven Sent

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay.

"When, at last, you rise to go, there will be another shadow next to yours. And your life will then be over."

In a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. And he must face it alone.

12. Hell Bent

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay.

"Is it a sad song?"

"Nothing's sad till it's over. Then everything is."

"What's it called?"

"I think it's called Clara."

"Tell me about her."

If you took everything from him, and betrayed him, and trapped him, and broke both his hearts... how far might the Doctor go? It is time, at last, for the Doctor's confession.

The unabridged Steven Moffat guide is in this week's Radio Times, on sale on Tuesday September 15.

Series nine of Doctor Who airs on Saturday September 19 on BBC One at 7.40pm.

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