We were already looking forward to the return of Doctor Who later this year, but news that Michelle Gomez will be rejoining the cast as villainous timelord ‘Missy’ has added even more excitement to the upcoming ninth series.

Michelle – who will be joining Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) – in the first episode of the new series won plaudits for her performance in last year’s series finale and can’t wait to get back on set in Cardiff…

“Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I’m delighted to be putting my Lippie back on. I’m positively dying to see the Doctor again!”

The second two-part adventure to be filmed, ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’ and ‘The Witch’s Familiar’, is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink, the Hugo Award-winning Doctor Who episode).

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Steven Moffat, executive producer, is also delighted to see Michelle back in Doctor Who.

“Everybody hide – Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener,” he said. “But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”

Having filmed The Day of the Doctor in the series’ 50th anniversary special and Dark Water and Death in Heaven in series eight, Jemma Redgrave returns to the guest cast for series nine, alongside the Laurence Olivier Award nominee Kelly Hunter.   

A familiar theatre and television actress and one of the UK’s most proficient performers, Clare Higgins also joins the guest cast for the opening of the series. Jaye Griffiths has been gracing our screens in some of the nation’s favourite TV programmes such as Silent Witness and Casualty and also takes up a guest role in the opening episode.

Other guest stars confirmed for the new series include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One later this year