‘Doctor Who’ Season 9 episode guide

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale when Doctor Who returns to BBC One this autumn.

Having the time of their lives, the pair meet new and old monsters, and go on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and leads them through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself.

Meeting monsters old and new, the Doctor will come face to face with Missy (Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts and far more.

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Episode 1: ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’

Saturday 19 September 2015, 7.40pm

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Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from?

As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.


Episode 2: ‘The Witch’s Familiar’

Saturday 26 September 2015, 7.45pm

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Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help.

With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?


Episode 3: ‘Under the Lake’

Saturday 3 October 2015, 8.25pm

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When an Underwater Base comes under attack, the Doctor and Clara must save the frightened crew and defeat an impossible threat.

But what is behind these terrifying events? And can they really be haunted by ghosts?


Episode 4: ‘Before the Flood’

Saturday 10 October 2015, 8.25pm

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On a remote Army outpost, a fearsome alien warlord – the Fisher King – sets in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival.

The ripples will be felt around the universe. Is this chain of events inevitable? And can the Doctor do the unthinkable?


Episode 5: ‘The Girl Who Died’

Saturday 17 October 2015, 8.20pm

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Captured by Vikings, the Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future: the Mire.

Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl?


Episode 6: ‘The Woman Who Lived’

Saturday 24 October 2015, 8.20pm

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England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with The Doctor.

Who is the Nightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?


Episode 7: ‘Invasion of the Zygons’

Saturday 31 October 2015, 8.15pm

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The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen – until now!

When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?


Episode 8: ‘Inversion of the Zygons’

Saturday 7 November 2015, 8pm

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Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust.

With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?


Episode 9: ‘Sleep No More’

Saturday 14 November 2015, 8.15pm

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This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.


Episode 10: ‘Face the Raven’

Saturday 21 November 2015, 8.10pm

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The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London.

Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.


Episode 11: ‘Heaven Sent’

Saturday 28 November 2015, 8.05pm

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone.

Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…


Episode 12: ‘Hell Bent’

Saturday 5 December 2015, 8pm

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If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go?

Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?


Christmas special: ‘The Husbands of River Song’

Friday 25 December 2015, 5.15pm

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It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy.

King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.


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Watch the Season 9 trailer…

Are you looking forward to Season 9? Let us know below…

  • Ginger James

    Wow, we know the names of 4 episodes…so many 😀

    • Alex Waters

      LOL. This time last year, we new one title (Deep Breath), and they were all released 5 days before the premiere. So, we’re actually going better.

      • George Georges

        Uh, are you forgetting that a lot of people had already seen the first five episodes by this time?

  • Charlton

    Do you have proof these are the release dates? Did you get this from an actual source?

    • Dr. Moo

      They did: it’s called the trailer.

      • Charlton

        Did you watch a different trailer then?
        I never saw one that listed every single episode air date this year, and also confirmed a Christmas Special.

        Could you send me the link to that, would love to watch it…

        • Dr. Moo

          It’s in the article above. The first air date is given as September 19th and there will almost certainly be weekly episodes from then.

          • Charlton

            But those haven’t been confirmed by the BBC. It is purely speculation.

          • Dr. Moo

            Well, no. They put the first one into the official trailer. For the others you only need a calendar and the rest is easy.

          • George Georges

            Moffat said last year that series 9 was going to follow the exact same pattern as series 8: a straight run of 12 episodes followed by a Christmas special.

  • Mitzi DeMarco

    I hope they focus more on the Doctor than Clara this time. They should come up with new enemies. I am kinda sick of seeing the Daleks repeatedly.

    • It has been said that the BBC and the Terry Nation estate agreed that BBC would have to include at least one Dalek story per series when the NuWho was started. Otherwise, the BBC would have had to re-negotiate and probably would have had to pay a larger amount of money.

      • Mitzi DeMarco

        Oh, I didn’t know that.

        • Doctor Moo

          It’s one of those things that nobody knows for sure if it’s actually true as nobody from either the Nation Estate or the BBC has ever confirmed it or denied it. Dalek cameos in The Wedding of River Song and The Waters of Mars certainly lend credibility to it but doesn’t confirm anything.

      • Bob Redmund Bro

        Umm, Moffat actually confirmed that that wasn’t true. He just likes having Daleks alot

  • drno

    I don’t have very high expectations. too many letdowns with this moffat dude.

  • Carol Hunter

    I can hardly wait. I hope Clara isn’t the main focus this year. She’s been around too long.

  • Three episodes in now and it’s safe to say that we may be looking at the best season since the 70s if it continues how it has done so far.