Missy to return in Series 9 opener

February 19th, 2015
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The BBC has announced that Michelle Gomez will be reprising her role as Missy for Series 9’s opening story, which they’ve also revealed will be a two-parter.

The actress made her Doctor Who debut in Series 8 when she was unveiled as the first female incarnation of the Master. It’s safe to say that her introduction as the regenerated renegade Time Lord split the stratosphere of the show’s fandom in half but it was only just the beginning as she’ll be back with a vengeance to help kick the new series off in style when it hits our screens later this year.

Her comeback, which was previously confirmed by Gomez herself, will take place in the premiere episode, The Magician’s Apprentice, which will be followed by The Witch’s Familiar, part two of the opening adventure. Both episodes are by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald and will also feature Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart.

Meanwhile, other guest stars confirmed for the new series include Kelly Hunter (Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth), Clare Higgins (Ohila in The Night of the Doctor), Jaye Griffiths, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra and Demi Papaminas. It will air in the autumn.

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4 comments on this article
  1. JC
    February 19th, 2015 at 12.40pm | #1

    Missy was an instant hit? I must have been the odd one out.

    Seriously though, I hate being negative on here, so I’m going to do my best to change that. Doctor Who communities should be about celebrating the show and it’s OK to dislike things, like I did with Series 8, but I should better balance the positive with the negative.

    Whilst John Simm was maniacal as The Master, Michelle Gomez seems to be going for a more quietly deranged portrayal, which could have a lot of potential. I think The Mistress hasn’t been given the opportunity to shine yet, as the Series 8 finale was very lacklustre.

    Having said that, she’s going to have the two opening episodes of Series 9 to reveal more about her incarnation of The Master/The Mistress.

  2. Steve
    February 19th, 2015 at 6.26pm | #2

    I still think it is a waste of Michelle Gomez’s talents to cast her as the Master. The Master has been around so long, (s)he is boring!
    Moffatt lost a potential brilliant return of the Rani. His arrogance in claiming no one knows who she is, shows how outdated he has become.

  3. ProfZed
    February 21st, 2015 at 6.42pm | #3

    Steve, it never makes sense when Moffat makes that “no one knows who she is (etc.)” statement.

    Well, no one knew who the Weeping Angels were either. No one knew who the Silence were. Moffat had to teach the audience through his writing/through his story who they were.

    It would be the same with the Rani. Teach the audience.

    Davies did it when he brought back the Master. No one (in a newer audience) knew who the Master was. Davies taught them.

    I agree with everything both JC and Steve said up above here.

    I’m hoping for the best when it comes to Missy. Haven’t been too impressed so far with her. There’s potential though.

  4. The 13th Doctor
    February 26th, 2015 at 12.09am | #4

    A rainy afternoon in front of classic who will teach anyone who the master is, and the rani.
    Terror of the Autons & Mark of the Rani ought to do it.

    I have only 2 problems with Missy..

    1, Her name. The Master wasn’t going around calling himself ‘Masty’, was he?

    2, it was too obvious from the start that she was The Master. A better surprise would’ve been she was a new Time Lady villian who had escaped Gallifrey, not as some kind of audience tester for a future female Doctor- which, I felt, Steven Moffat intended.

    Anyway, Michelle Gomez’s performance was bloody brilliant, so glad she’s back in S09.

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