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'Doctor Who' Return Set For Sept. 19

BBC America, at Comic-Con International, set the return date for Doctor Who as Saturday, Sept. 19. This ninth season of the current iteration of the long-running sci-fi series will be the second in which Peter Capaldi plays The Doctor. "Soaring through all of time and space, series nine sees the Doctor throw himself into life with a new hunger for adventure," Capaldi said in a BBC America release. "The Cosmos is there for the taking, thrilling, epic and enticing, and his to play in. But he’s almost reckless in his abandon. It’s almost like he’s running from something, something that if it ever catches him will turn his life upside down.” Filming for the new series commenced in January in Cardiff.

Here is a link to a trailer for season nine.

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The Doctor is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale. Having the time of their lives, the pair meet new and old monsters, and go on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Vikings villages, a global Zygon uprising, and leads them through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself, th enetwork said. 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. (Pictured: Coleman, Capaldi and Gomez.)

Previously announced and taking up a guest role in the new season will be Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones. Michelle Gomez (Missy) returns to plague the Doctor and Clara in the season opener, and UNIT are back with Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) returning to season nine following their popular entrance in season eight. Also confirmed as guest cast in the new series are Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Joivan Wade and Sophie Stone, BBC America said.

The show’s ninth 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. Production continues in Roath Lock studios, Cardiff Bay, Wales, having filmed in Tenerife, and South Wales locations, Caerwent, Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle, St Athans and Margam Park.

The last season of Doctor Who was BBC America's highest-rated season yet on the channel and is available now on BBC America On Demand and all digital platforms, as well as on Blu-Ray/DVD. Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One, co-produced with BBC America.