Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has finally made public the titles of every episode of Series 9. Not only that, he's released in-depth story summaries and quotes from every episode! This article not only brings you every word of what he's revealed but also an in-depth analysis of what it all might mean. It's safe to say there are a few surprises contained in this deluge of information!
On top of this heady rush of details, rumours continue to circulate that Tennant-era monsters the Judoon and Hath are set to make return appearances this year. If these whispers are true - and they've also been reported in several newspapers - these monsters will, in light of the newly distributed plot summaries, most likely be seen during the season's finale. (For those of you who can't quite recall the Hath, they were the fish people with the water masks in Series 4's The Doctor's Daughter.)
Even though Series 9 will begin in only a few days time, much of the season is obviously still weeks away. (So there's still plenty of time left to speculate wildly!) I don't know about other fans, but I can barely wait to see this season's stories. So, let's begin this deep dive into what's in store over the course of the next three months. Naturally, this article contains multiple spoilers, so you have been warned!
12. Episode 1: The Magician's Apprenticehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yjOxtLu_fU
The season-opener is written by Steven Moffat, and a trailer has already been released for the episode. In the trailer we hear the following dialogue between Missy and Clara:
“What’s a confession dial?”
“In your terms, a will. This is the last will and testament of the Time Lord known as the Doctor."
Clearly, they are talking about the golden disc covered in Gallifreyan writing that the Doctor gave to Ohila on Karn in the recently aired Prologue. Moffat has also released this episode summary:
A final message from a dying scientist. A plea from the deadliest corner of time and space. Only one man can answer, but he has gone missing from all of time and space. Where is the Doctor? As the skies of planet Earth stand frozen, Clara Oswald enters into a dangerous alliance.
The Doctor is gone from the universe - friends and enemies alike can find him nowhere. When even the Daleks can't track down their ancient foe, and the Doctor’s old friend and nemesis, Missy, is forced to ask for help, does it mean that the mad man in the box has truly disappeared? What fear, or what terrible shame, could possibly drive the Doctor into the shadows? The answers are more dreadful than Clara’s worst imaginings, and she finds herself embarking on a journey into the Doctor’s worst nightmare …
It almost sounds like the Daleks need the Doctor's help. As for where he's gone, the Prologue indicates he's gone to meet an old foe. Fans have come up with some fascinating ideas about this foe's identity and you can read about their theories here.