The BBC has released details for Series Nine of Doctor Who, which began filming in Cardiff at the start of last week.
The episodes currently being filmed are written by Toby Whithouse
whose first worked on the series in 2006, when he wrote School Reunion
, the story which saw the reintroduction of Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 into the series. He also wrote The Vampires of Venice
, The God Complex
and A Town Called Mercy
for the Eleventh Doctor, as well as an episode of Torchwood. Steven Moffat
, lead writer and Executive Producer, said,
An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action - for one of our scariest adventures yet!
On set filming for the new series, Peter Capaldi
The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.
Joining the Doctor and Clara in the story will be Paul Kaye
who is known for playing Thoros of Myr in the third series of Game of Thrones
. In the 1990's he was better known for creating Dennis Pennis, the shock interviewer who ambushed celebrities with bizarre questions. Kaye is also well-known for being the voice of Vincent the fox on the puppet-based BBC comedy Mongrels
Commenting on his role, Paul Kaye, said
As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid ‘90’s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double.
Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!
Also starring in the episodes will be Morven Christie
who recently played the role of Amanda in the crime drama Grantchester
and featured in Death in Paradise
(2014) and Twenty Twelve
Other guest artists in the story include Arsher Ali
who played the part of Malik Suri in the critically acclaimed The Missing
(BBC One) and Colin McFarlane
who appeared in EastEnders
as part of the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline. McFarlane provided an alien voice in the 2007 Christmas story Voyage of the Damned
as well as appearing in Torchwood: Children of Earth
Actress Sophie Stone
also appears in the show for the first time. Stone was the lead actress in the play Woman of Flowers and has appeared in Midsummer Murders
and Casualty. Also confirmed for roles in the double episode are Zaqi Ismail
, Steven Robertson
and Neil Fingleton
While filming continues in Cardiff, plans are underway for location filming later in the series, with the show heading back to Spain according to a tweet from Director of photography Ali Asad
. Last year's episode Kill The Moon
was filmed on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, as was the 1984 story Planet of Fire
. Spain has also been used for location work for The Two Doctors
, Asylum of the Daleks
and A Town Called Mercy
The new series will be back in Autumn 2015.