When Doctor Who fan favorite character Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) was killed in Death in Heaven, we all shed a tear or two. She was a lot like us – a fan of the Doctor’s work and an unabashed nerd who proudly let her geek flag fly.
But now she’s back … and we all should have known that as if it were written in stone. You see, the moment Steven Moffat said she was definitely dead and not returning, those words should’ve passed through our MoffetTranslator® with the “Lie Detection” setting on 11, perhaps 12. This is Moffat, after all. He lies. And lies. Granted, it’s to preserve the element of surprise, but, dammit, the man lies.
In this case, I can easily forgive the lie if it means more Osgood. If you take a look at the picture, you’ll also notice some Zygon bits and a photo of one. One has to wonder if maybe Osgood and the Zygons are part of some flashback scenes. I really hope it’s not as simple as that, because I’d like to have Osgood return to the slate of recurring characters.
Here’s the official BBC America announcement:
BBC AMERICA’S DOCTOR WHO ANNOUNCES DOUBLE TROUBLE AS OSGOOD TAKES ON THE TERRIFYING ZYGONS
UNIT scientist Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, returns to Doctor Who for season nine. Having been killed by Missy (Michelle Gomez) in the show’s season eight finale ‘Death in Heaven’, Steven Moffat decides to bring back the Doctor’s biggest fan.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said: “Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series. We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning – but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?”
The last time we saw Osgood as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart’s assistant was with the Twelfth Doctor during an invasion of Earth by an army of Cybermen led by a new, female incarnation of the Master. This time she’s back in action and comes face-to-face with the shape-shifting extra-terrestrial Zygons, as they also return for the new season. They last appeared in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ for the show’s 50th anniversary episode.
Speaking on set, Ingrid Oliver commented on her reappearance: “As every actor who’s worked onDoctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you’ll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a gonner after the last series!”
The two-part episode is currently being filmed in Cardiff, Wales, and is written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who – ‘Kill the Moon’, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Wallander), produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Daniel Nettheim (Line of Duty, Glue).
Also joining Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and confirmed for guest roles in the double episode is Jemma Redgrave, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook.
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Doctor Who will return later this year with The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar.