First “Doctor Who” S9 Photo Released

BBC America have released the first official photo from the ninth season of “Doctor Who” with Peter Capaldi’s current incarnation of the Time Lord standing outside of the TARDIS in a desolate landscape in the show’s season premiere.

Capaldi tells EW that the shot is just before The Doctor makes a mistake that has “catclysmic repercussions” and ties back to a conflict that is central to his being. Asked how the new season will differ from last year, Capaldi says:

“He’s throwing himself into life with a newfound hunger for adventure. He’s in pursuit of joy and grabbing every thrill that he can along the way. But I sense him running from something, that even he does not yet understand. There is an epic sweep to this season and I think the villains and monsters reflect that. Great new ones, brilliant old ones, and some very scary creatures looming in stories with real emotional ambition.”

No premiere date has been set for the new season, though it’s expected to be around late August.