The BBC has announced the return of UNIT scientist Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, who will appear in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.
Much to the distress of her many fans, Osgood was killed by Missy in the series eight finale Death in Heaven, with showrunner Steven Moffat asserting her death was necessary to emphasise the immorality and ruthless nature of the Master.
However in science fiction, anything is possible, and Osgood will return in episodes currently being filmed in Cardiff.
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?Speaking on set, Ingrid Oliver commented on her reappearance
As every actor who’s worked on Doctor 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!Osgood will return in a two part story written by Peter Harness, who wrote last year's episode Kill the Moon, which will also feature the return of the Zygons. First seen in the 1975 story, Terror of the Zygons, the shape shifting monsters made an appearance, along with Osgood, in the 2013 50th Anniversary story The Day of The Doctor/
Also joining Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman 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.
Doctor Who series nine will be back on BBC One in Autumn 2015 and further guest cast will be released over the coming months.