The upcoming ninth series of Doctor Who, which begins airing next month, will feature two highly experimental episodes for the show.
The first of these is episode nine, which will adopt a ‘found-footage’ style more usually found in horror films such as Cloverfield and the Paranormal Activity series. The plot of the episode is described by the Daily Star as ‘the Time Lord’s followers filming their attempts to fight a monster’, with the story being told entirely through ‘old phone and camcorder footage’.
Executive producer Brian Minchin has commented on the new style of this episode, saying:
“We’re considering not even having opening titles and just running the footage.”
The episode, written by Mark Gatiss, will guest star Reece Shearsmith who has previously described it as not only ‘very scary’, but also ‘unlike any previous episode of Doctor Who‘. The show’s executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat recently previewed the episode for SFX, describing it as ‘very eerie and special’ and predicting it will become an ‘instant classic’.
Episode eleven, meanwhile, will mark another first for Doctor Who – a single-hander episode solely starring Peter Capaldi. The penultimate episode of Series 9 has been described by its writer Steven Moffat as ‘a ludicrous challenge’, whilst director Rachel Talalay has called it ‘one of the most complicated and different episodes that I’ve ever done’.
Minchin said of episode eleven:
“Doctor Who has always been about taking risks. It’s never sat down and done a normal episode. It’s always done something extraordinary. Our audience likes to be challenged.”
No plot details have yet been revealed about episode eleven, although Moffat has teased that it will have a ‘massive cliffhanger’ leading into the second part of Series 9’s two-part finale.
Doctor Who Series 9 will begin airing on September 19th on BBC One and BBC America – check out more details on the above episodes and the rest of the series with our complete episode guide!
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