Filming is continuing at present on the ninth season of “Doctor Who” which also marks the second time around for leading man Peter Capaldi.
The show’s producer/head writer Steven Moffat spoke with the official magazine for the franchise (via DW News) and says that Capaldi’s rather angry and moody Doctor from last year will relax a bit for the next season:
“We’re not bringing him back exactly as we left him, at all, I think that was already evident at Christmas. He’s left some of the burden of being a superhero of the universe behind. So I’m pushing him – I’m writing quite funny this year – I’m pushing him the other way.”
Moffat also revealed (via The BBC) that co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman was originally slated to be written out in the eighth season finale “Death in Heaven”:
“That was her last episode. Then she asked me if she could be in [the] Christmas [episode]. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll write you out in Christmas.’ She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version – and again changed her mind. But the truth is I never wanted her to go. And with Last Christmas, I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. Frankly, I didn’t want to lose her. She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”
The new season of “Doctor Who” is slated to premiere in the early Fall.