|Source: Doctor Who TV|
Lead star Jenna Coleman has this week confirmed the first production details on the upcoming ninth season of the BBC's best-loved science-fiction drama Doctor Who. The up-and-coming British actress will continue to portray Clara Oswald for the duration of this year's season of time-travelling adventures alongside Peter Capaldi - the incumbent incarnation of the titular eternal Time Lord - and newcomer Samuel Anderson, the latter of whom plays Coal Hill Secondary School teacher and potential TARDIS crew member Danny Pink (who's due to make his second full appearance tonight in Season Eight's fourth episode, "Listen", so be sure to give it a watch).
Beyond Capaldi, who has virtually confirmed that he'll reprise his role as the Twelfth Doctor in the show's 2015 series, though, our knowledge of the central cast ensemble of Season Nine is all but non-existent. Coleman wouldn't be drawn on whether Clara will return aboard the Doctor's now-iconic time-and-space vessel next year, although her reasons for keeping schtum are fairly valid, to her credit: "There's lots of rumours. [She and Capaldi have] sat down with Steven Moffat and we've all decided we don't want anyone to know which way [the recurring cast members situation is] going. If you know I'm in the next series - or if you know I'm off - you'll know how the story ends. There's a surprise we've got coming, it's much better that nobody knows where it's going to go - so that's where we're trying to keep it at the moment."
Thankfully, thanks to the Radio Times' interview with the programme's leading lady, we do now know that Doctor Who Season Nine will begin filming in January 2015 and will therefore presumably première on BBC One in Autumn 2015 at around the same time as Season Eight débuted on our screens last month. Let the countdown to Capaldi's second wave of galactic voyages begin...