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DOCTOR WHO Brace yourselves, season nine is coming

Doctor Who shouldn’t be this good. It’s the longest running sci-i TV series in the world, after all, having started way back in 1963. Russell T Davies’ relaunch in 2005 reinvigorated the show and we now i nd ourselves in the capable hands of showrunner Steven Moffat. Peter Capaldi has proved himself in the lead role, taking the reins as an older, wiser, darker incarnation of the Gallifreyan time-traveller than his predecessor, Matt Smith. Season nine of the rebooted Doctor Who features a meeting of two of fantasy TV’s biggest brands as Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark) makes a guest appearance. And

she’s not the only intriguing guest star, as Reece Shearsmith will be popping up in one of Doctor Who’s semi-regular horror-theme episodes written by his old cohort from The League of Gentlemen. Prepare to quake behind your sofa. ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be i lming Doctor Who, as Mark Gatiss has written a fantastic role for me in a very scary episode,’ explains Shearsmith. ‘It has been so exciting to be part of a very singular episode, which I can say with authority will be unlike any previous episode of Doctor Who. It’s a joy to play a part in the show, a badge of honour.’ (Henry Northmore) BBC One, Sat 19 Sep, time tbc.

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