‘Doctor Who’ exec: Season 9 is ‘the glory years of the Doctor and Clara’

Doctor Who‘s executive producer has promised “bigger adventures” in the new season.

Speaking to SFX in the magazine’s new issue (on sale now), Brian Minchin teased: “This series we’re telling the next stage of the adventure. It’s the glory years of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and Clara.”

He added: “As you saw in the finale and the Christmas episode he’s kind of answered his question of ‘Am I a good man?’ and this year he’s having the time of his life, having dangerous and exciting adventures in time and space. These are the glory days of the Doctor and Clara. They’re having the biggest, most dangerous adventures they’ve ever had and they’re having great fun doing it.”

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Minchin hinted: “The mission statement we had was bigger adventures, and to go further in space and time. We’ve got a very confident Doctor, we’ve got a very confident companion and they’re both experts at doing this now so we can tell slightly bigger stories.”

He explained: “We’re doing more two-parters – and not just conventional two parters. We’re doing linked stories where you might not be sure how they’re going to be connected until you see them. We’re pushing the storytelling that way, to give us more scale of adventure.”


It was revealed today that the new season will apparently consist of 12 episodes, followed by a Christmas special.

Season 9 began filming in Cardiff in January and will air on BBC One this autumn.

> Here’s everything we know about Season 9 so far.

What do you want to see in Season 9? Let us know below…

  • helles

    The last year really feels like we are entering the golden age of Who. All of the parts seems to have finally come together perfectly and now we have not only the greatest doctor of all time but the best writing and plotting we have ever had and in Clara, a wonderful actress and great companion who has proved the doctor’s equal on many occasions as well as having saved him through the time splinters – of yes and the fantastic Missy as well. Really, really excited for series 9 as everything indicates that is going to be the very greatest Who we have ever had.

    • Jen

      Completely agree. The show has come such a long way. While Series 1 to 4 have a handful of decent episodes (mostly written by Moffat) , there is simply no comparison to the quality and thoughtfulness in the writing and plotting since series 5 and in particular the next level which the show was taken to in series 8. Every part just seems to work perfectly now. Capaldi has been an absolute God send to the show and with Jenna, there is real magic. We are in such safe hands with actors of this calibre and writing of this standard. Geronimo Series 9!

      • Mark S

        Couldn’t agree more!