Doctor Who Returns Saturday, September 19 on BBC AMERICA

First season starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman set record ratings

Michelle Gomez returns as Missy and Maisie Williams guest stars

The Doctor’s Finest episodes hosted by Hannah Hart begins August 15

New York – August 12, 2015 – Having the time of their lives, the Doctor and Clara embark on reckless adventures in all of space and time in the new season of BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who starting Saturday, September 19, 9:00pm ET. The hit time travel series returns with a two-parter, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, written by lead writer and showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald (director of award-winning Doctor Who episode Blink with Carey Mulligan).

In Peter Capaldi’s second season at the helm of the TARDIS, the series sees the Doctor and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) going on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself.

Meeting monsters old and new, the Doctor will come face to face with Missy (Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts and more.

Previously announced and taking up a guest role in the new season will be Maisie Williams, having already achieved global success for her role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Michelle Gomez (Missy) returns to plague the Doctor and Clara in the season opener, and UNIT are back with Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) returning following their popular entrance last season. Also confirmed as guest cast in the new season are Reece Shearsmith, Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Elaine Tan, Neet Mohan, Bethany Black, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Joivan Wade and Sophie Stone.

The new season has been written by lead writer Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Peter Harness, Mark Gatiss, and new writers to Doctor Who – Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna; directed by Hettie Macdonald, Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, Justin Molotnikov, Rachel Talalay; and produced by Tracie Simpson, Derek Ritchie, Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett. Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One, co-produced with BBC AMERICA.

In preparation for the new season, BBC AMERICA will look back at the series’ modern era with a curated collection of The Doctor’s Finest episodes starting August 15. For six straight weeks, some of the most essential Doctor Who episodes will be presented with new material, hosted by YouTube star Hannah Hart and produced by Nerdist. The Doctor’s Finest special episodes include interviews with the show’s cast and creators, fan insight, and a look at how each episode fits into the canon of the Whovian universe. Fans will also get an exclusive look into the future with previews from the upcoming new season. The Doctor’s Finest begins Saturday, August 15, 8:00pm ET with Doctor Who: Blink. Visit BBCAmerica.com for the full slate of episodes of The Doctor’s Finest.

The last season of Doctor Who was BBC AMERICA’S highest rated season ever on the channel and season eight is available now on BBC AMERICA On Demand and all digital platforms, as well as on Blu-Ray/DVD.

New trailer is also available here http://bbc.in/1JU2IiQ.

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CAST & PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

The Doctor                                                   Peter Capaldi (The Musketeers)

Clara Oswald                                                Jenna Coleman (Death Comes to Pemberley)

Missy                                                               Michelle Gomez (Green Wing)

Osgood                                                           Ingrid Oliver (Watson & Oliver)

Kate Stewart                                                 Jemma Redgrave (Unforgiven)

TBC                                                                Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

 

Lead Writer/Executive Producer              Steven Moffat (Sherlock)

 

Executive Producer                                     Brian Minchin (Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures)

 

Writer                                                            Toby Whithouse (The Game)

Writer                                                            Jamie Mathieson (Being Human)

Writer                                                            Peter Harness (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)

Writer                                                            Mark Gatiss (Sherlock)

Writer                                                            Sarah Dollard (The Game)

Writer                                                            Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood)

 

Director                                                         Hettie Macdonald (Doctor Who: Blink)

Director                                                         Daniel O’Hara (Being Human)

Director                                                         Daniel Nettheim (Line of Duty)

Director                                                         Justin Molotnikov (Merlin)

Director                                                         Ed Bazalgette (Poldark)

Director                                                         Rachel Talalay (Doctor Who: Death in Heaven; Dark Water)

Other guest cast include:

Colin McFarlane, Morven Christie, Arsher Ali, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker, Aidan Cook, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Ariyon Bakare, Naomi Ackie, Simon Manyonda, Simon Paisley Day, Letitia Wright, Robin Soans, Angela Clerkin, Caroline Boulton, Jenny Lee.

 

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