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Doctor Who Season 9 News – Missy Returns!

If you haven’t read about it in 42 different places by now, be advised that everyone’s favorite gender-swapping, evil, amorous, and playful Gallifreyan, Missy, will be back for season 9 of Doctor Who.  Currently, it has been announced that Michelle Gomez will be reprising the role of Missy for the two-part season 9 premiere, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar.

I’ve always assumed the title of the first part referred to the Doctor (magician) and Clara (apprentice), which may well be the case.  If so, the title of part 2, The Witch’s Familiar, would seem to hint at Missy being the witch, but who, or what, will be her familiar?  Is it possible that somehow Seb might make a return as the “familiar” in the title?  I could use a good “squee” right about now.

And more good news for fans of strong female characters – Jemma Redgrave will reprise her role as the smart-as-her-dad Kate Stewart.  Kate takes no crap from anyone and Redgrave is perfect in the role.  I wish they’d make her a regular, or at least a more regular guest star.

Michelle Gomez Returns As Missy in BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who

Gomez to appear in two-part season premiere written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald

Jemma Redgrave to guest star in the season opener

Cardiff, Wales – February 19, 2015 – Michelle Gomez is back as Missy (also known as The Master) in the new season premiere of Doctor Who this fall on BBC AMERICA. She joins Peter Capaldi for his second season as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. Gomez appeared last season on Doctor Who, which was the highest rated season ever on BBC AMERICA. (Watch a scene from season finale)

Michelle Gomez said: “Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I’m delighted to be putting my lippie back on. I’m positively dying to see The Doctor again!”

The two-part episode, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink, the Hugo Award-winningDoctor Who episode).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: “Everybody hide – Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”

Following appearances in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, and last season’sDark Water and Death in Heaven, Jemma Redgrave returns to the guest cast for the new season.  Also guest starring in the season opener are Laurence Olivier Award nominee Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins and Jaye Griffiths.

Confirmed guest stars for the new season include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra and Demi Papaminas.

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production.

Doctor Who will return later this year with The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar.

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