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Watch: Doctor Who Series 9 Prologue & Takeover Week Trailer


September 19th marks the return of Doctor Who with the Series 9 premiere.

The BBC has announced Doctor Who Takeover Week which kicks off on the 16th with episodes from seasons 2-7, the Doctor's Finest airing of Deep Breath, a full season 8 Marathon overnight on the 18th and again starting at 7AM, followed by the premiere of the new season at 9/8c on the 19th.  Then it's the results of the "Make Your Own Sunday" poll on September 20th with Tom Baker specials sprinkled throughout the week.

A Doctor Who Series 9 prologue has also been released, which can be viewed below.

Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 1 "The Magician's Apprentice" Synopsis:

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.

Doctor Who Series 9 Prologue:

Doctor Who Series 9 synopsis:

The highly anticipated ninth series of Doctor Who explodes onto ABC TV and it promises to be one hell of a journey.

During this electrifying new 12-part series, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale. Having the time of their lives, the pair meets new and old monsters, and embark on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and which leads them through hidden alien dens to the very end of time itself.

Plus, 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.

As previously announced, taking up guest roles in the new series are rising young star Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), and comedian and award-winning writer Reece Shearsmith (An Adventure in Space and Time, The League of Gentlemen). Plus UNIT are back with Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) also returning for series nine. Also confirmed for guest appearances are Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Joivan Wade and Sophie Stone.

The ninth series has been written by lead writer Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Peter Harness, Mark Gatiss, and new writers, Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna; and directed by Hettie Macdonald, Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, Justin Molotnikov, Rachel Talalay; and produced by Tracie Simpson, Derek Ritchie, Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett.