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All Doctor Who Series 9 Episode Titles Revealed

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The new series of Doctor Who begins Saturday, 19 September and sees the return of the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman). The 12 episode run contains a number of two-parters and is executive produced by showrunner Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin.

Episodes 1 and 2: The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar

Episodes 3 and 4: Under The Lake / Before The Flood

Episode 5: The Girl Who Died

Episode 6: The Woman Who Lived

Episodes 7 and 8: The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion

Episode 9: Sleep No More

Episode 10: Face The Raven

Episodes 11 and 12: Heaven Sent / Hell Bent





    October 1st, 2015 - 12:17am

    Ihope they bring davros back for doctor who season 9 episode 12 called hells bent

  • Lily of the Valley

    September 22nd, 2015 - 5:42pm

    I think in the episode, the girl who died, Clara is going to be killed off and in the woman who lived, missy is gonna be in it

  • A

    September 16th, 2015 - 9:08pm

    Just had a look at the cast of the 1st ep & Kelly Hunter is back as the Shadow Architect. What HAS the Doctor done to warrant the attention of the Shadow Proclamation as well as causing him to visit the Sisterhood of Karn?


      September 17th, 2015 - 4:32pm

      According to the synopsis about ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’ in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Colony Sarff is looking for the Doctor to deliver him a message, and will visit the Maldorvarium, the Sisterhood of Karn and the Shadow Proclamation.

      No doubt the Shadow Architect is stil fuming over the Doctor leaving the Shadow Proclamation 7 years ago in the series 4 finale 😀 [ “I order you to STOPPPPPP !!” ].

    • Dem squiggles

      September 17th, 2015 - 6:45pm

      Yes and radio times have confirmed the judoon are returing

    • JellyBaby100

      September 17th, 2015 - 10:30pm

      You could say it’s more what he hasn’t done, that being anything.

  • collector

    September 16th, 2015 - 8:53pm

    So saddened to hear that Jenna Coleman is leaving the show. Best companion in a VERY long time. In a change to what Clara would say: run you clever girl, and remember.

    And really hope that the next companion is not a blonde woman!


      September 17th, 2015 - 4:33pm

      Well she’s had a good 3 years, long enough for most Doctor Who regulars.

    • anon

      September 17th, 2015 - 7:05pm

      Yeah, thats true, but tom baker had a good three years and then had a couple more. I know he was the doctor, but to have a stong, resiliant character and then lose them is a bit of a downer.

      Although, now we know that Clara IS leaving, there is no doubt going to be quite a few obsessive fans saying “bring back rose”. To that i say no. Bring in a new companion. Male or female, preferably dark haired (not blonde or a red head) and certainly not that annoying woman from Last Christmas, as she cannot act.

    • Anonymous

      September 18th, 2015 - 2:35am

      You do know this is just a baseless rumour. People will demand it is correct but simple fact of the matter is that the tabloids have been saying she’s leaving at literally every opportunity they get because by process of exhaustion it must happen eventually.

  • the ergon

    September 16th, 2015 - 5:45pm

    I wonder who,ll be first on this site to air their personal view of the episode come 8:30pm Saturday. There,ll be plenty to be vocal about then.

    • Obsie

      September 17th, 2015 - 4:21pm

      I imagine the site will overload straight after the broadcast.

    • the ergon

      September 18th, 2015 - 12:34pm

      I love reading the comments before having my say. Besides all the first comments get pushed further down and most people tend to repeat what somebody has already commented on. I,m going all out and still think the maisie williams character if anybody is ‘The doctors daughter’ regenerated from Georgia moffat.

  • Joy

    September 16th, 2015 - 5:04pm

    I know Dr who is sat 19th will it be repeated again as I am working

    • A

      September 16th, 2015 - 9:20pm

      BBC2 & BBC3 have repeats, one in the early hours of the morning & one early evening but you’ll have to wait a few days (25th sept). Or quit your job, lol.

    • IntoDarkness

      September 17th, 2015 - 5:18pm

      BBC IPlayer ?

    • JellyBaby100

      September 17th, 2015 - 10:41pm

      Recording ?

  • DannyTheNerd

    September 16th, 2015 - 4:53pm

    Jenna is leaving doctor who after series 9 🙁 i know most of you wanted her to go, but i really liked her in doctor who 🙁

    • Dem squiggles

      September 16th, 2015 - 5:00pm

      Still the longest running modern companion!

    • DannyTheNerd

      September 16th, 2015 - 5:06pm

      Really? I didn’t know that lol

  • The Surgeon

    September 15th, 2015 - 5:26pm

    It annoys me that the Girl who Died and the Woman who Lived are not the same story.
    If they’re unrelated, why title them as if it’s a multi-episode story.

    I like Sleep no More and Face the Raven.

    • 100,000BC

      September 15th, 2015 - 5:46pm

      They are related, at least by the appearance of Maisie Williams’ character (could she be the titular ‘girl’ and ‘woman’?) – but are *technically* separate stories as they are written by different people and, one assumes from what we’ve seen, contain their own plots.

    • Anonymous

      September 16th, 2015 - 4:38pm

      Technically we know nothing Steven Moffat is deliberately holding back on whether this is a single parter or a two parter because that will affect how we view the story.

    • the ergon

      September 16th, 2015 - 5:20pm

      I,ve been thinking that certain words in each title might have some connection to this season if there is a story arc IE; Magician, Witch, Lake, Flood,Girl, woman, Heaven, Hell. Pure speculation I know, but its got me thinking again. The zygon story has similar themes to the film and tv series’ Alien Nation’, with aliens intergrating with humans and politically relevant with whats happening at the moment. Sad jennas leaving, but I think the character has run its course and I hope she gets a decent send off.

  • Boodleoo

    September 15th, 2015 - 1:26pm

    Just thought I’d do a little investigating try figure out the meaning behind the titles. 🙂
    Episodes 1 and 2: The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar (I think both are terms for Clara the magician being the doctor, the witch being missy. From the trailers missy spends a lot of time with clara in these episodes)

    Episodes 3 and 4: Under The Lake / Before The Flood

    Episode 5: The Girl Who Died
    (Can only think of a transition of someone into womanhood unless it’s literal or both)
    Episode 6: The Woman Who Lived

    Episodes 7 and 8: The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion (couldn’t think of anything metaphorical, would say the zygons try to invade then the ‘inverse’ happens whatever that is I can only guess)

    Episode 9: Sleep No More ( I like to think this leads in the next title, as in now its time to act for the Doctor)

    Episode 10: Face The Raven (face the madness like edgar allen poes The Raven)

    Episodes 11 and 12: Heaven Sent / Hell Bent (another term for the doctor and missy (maybe Daleks/davros) respectively)

    Obviously I have no clue but was just trying to mess around with the titles.

  • ZygonTerror

    September 15th, 2015 - 12:21pm

    The first thing that came to mind when I read ‘Hell Bent’ was Missy telling the Doctor in ‘Death in Heaven’ about how the Doctor would take Clara to hell and back if she asked… “and she would”

  • Cousins2019

    September 15th, 2015 - 10:34am

    Really looking forward to the Magicians Apprentice and the Witches familiar. Also ‘ Sleep No More ‘ seems intriguing. Can’t wait for September 19

  • Cyber10Dalek

    September 15th, 2015 - 12:52am

    Overall these episode titles sound very intrigueing. Plus, I just read through an article where Steven Moffat had basically given hints on every upcoming episode and there were also synopsises for every one. Interestingly enough, the descriptions of Heaven Sent and Hell Bent are both much shorter than the other episode synopsises. However, the one for Hell Bent says it’s time for the Doctor’s confession, so it appears that his huge confession will be the main story arc of the series. Very excited!

    • JellyBaby100

      September 17th, 2015 - 10:32pm

      Ooh, can I have a link?

  • collector

    September 14th, 2015 - 10:59pm

    Great feelin knowin all the titles, but still confused by something, we have Missy, Daleks, The Mire, a big dragon and that really freaky, messed up skeletal creature, but what on earth is the thing from the on set pics?

    Big stone lookin head with red eyes?

    • The Cyber Squirrel

      September 14th, 2015 - 11:07pm

      That’s the mire.

    • anon

      September 15th, 2015 - 9:04pm

      No, its not the Mire, the Mire appear in Maisie Williams eps. Collector means the dark humanoid rocky headed thing with red diamond-looking eyes. The Mire are the yellowish robot things that march towards clara and Capaldi in the trailer.

  • CJ

    September 14th, 2015 - 9:12pm

    Sleep No More sounds interesting…

  • Dalek the Supreme

    September 14th, 2015 - 8:20pm

    An impressive set of titles. Hopefully the quality of the episodes will match.

  • Doctor Stu

    September 14th, 2015 - 8:01pm

    Inversion -a type of chromosomal aberration in which the position of a segment of the chromosome is changed in such a way that the linear order of the genes is reversed. Also called atmospheric inversion, temperature inversion. Meteorology.


    • 100,000BC

      September 14th, 2015 - 9:39pm

      Sadly I don’t think that’s quite the meaning of ‘inversion’ that was intended.
      Inversion (n) – The action of inverting or the state of being inverted.
      To invert (v) – put something upside down or in the opposite position or order.
      (Oxford English Dictionary definition)

  • doyouhearthem?

    September 14th, 2015 - 6:02pm

    I think this is the best set of titles ever

    • Zygon63

      September 14th, 2015 - 6:20pm

      Totally agree! They are brilliant 🙂

    • 100,000BC

      September 14th, 2015 - 7:32pm

      I agree! This really feels like it’s going to be good! It’s partly the way that the titles link the stories into pairs and partly the mysterious, enigmatic, exciting and grand-scale nature of the titles that make this so appealing, but it has certainly whetted my appetite much more than any other new series of titles… and I am confident that the brilliant Mr. Moffat and Mr. Capaldi can deliver even better than last year’s absolutely terrific run.


    September 14th, 2015 - 5:52pm

    Hell Bent I hope sees the return of Gallifrey and Time Lords 🙂


    September 14th, 2015 - 5:39pm

    Well, I hope ‘Hell Bent’ sees the return of the Time Lord’s and Gallifrey.

    Fingers crossed 🙂

    • Dalek the Supreme

      September 14th, 2015 - 8:22pm

      I hope so, too. The ‘finding Gallifrey’ arc should have been the focus of Series 8.

    • CJ

      September 14th, 2015 - 9:23pm

      I too, hope he finds Gallifrey this series but I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t because if you remember in Day of the Doctor, the 11th and 10th Doctors said it could take hundreds and thousands of years to find Gallifrey, so it could be the end of the 12th Doctors era or the 60th anniversary or even the 100th anniversary the Doctor finds Gallifrey…


      September 15th, 2015 - 7:11am

      CJ – No you got that wrong mate, the War General said “the calculations alone would take hundreds of years”, not how long it would take to find Gallifrey.

      Recap –

      War General – “That’s impossible ! . . the calculations alone would take hundreds of years”.

      11 – “Oh hundreds and hundreds”.

      10 – “But don’t worry, I started a very long time ago”.

      1 – “Calling the War council of Gallifrey, this is the Doctor”.

      11 – “You might say, I’ve been doing this all my lives !”.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    September 14th, 2015 - 5:37pm


  • Anonymous

    September 14th, 2015 - 5:33pm

    Face the raven, wonder if it has anything to do with the poem, feels like ages since we met a famous historical figure

    • Anonymous

      September 14th, 2015 - 6:31pm

      You mean the one by Poe?

    • Anonymous

      September 14th, 2015 - 8:13pm

      Yeah that one, what’s another way of saying “no more”?

    • Anonymous

      September 14th, 2015 - 8:16pm

      Who knows maybe the doctor returns to the playstation to take part In more crummy “2000”s tv shows.

    • Anonymous

      September 15th, 2015 - 10:27am


  • Anonymous

    September 14th, 2015 - 5:31pm

    Another religious finale

    • Anonymous

      September 14th, 2015 - 5:42pm

      Hell bent is an expression

    • The TARDIS

      September 14th, 2015 - 6:45pm

      As is Heaven Sent, but when I saw those titles my first thought was “hmm, religion again”

    • 100,000BC

      September 14th, 2015 - 7:23pm

      Not just religious – It is specifically ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’, which are used to imply that the story is on a large scale and that there will be death. Exactly the same as using ‘The Big Bang’ or ‘Doomsday’ as a finalé title.

  • 100,000BC

    September 14th, 2015 - 4:30pm

    Incredibly excited!

    Not sure whether Sleep/Raven will be a rest from the two-part format, as it does not follow the same linked-title pattern as the other stories, although I expect that there will be either a link or a surprise cliffhanger which reveals how one story links into the next.

    I’m most excited about Magician/Witch, Invasion/Inversion and Heaven/Hell although to be honest I’m excited about the whole thing!

    • A

      September 14th, 2015 - 6:39pm

      I’ll admit this speculation is from the Simpsons, but (sleep) no more could be a reference to the oft repeated nothing more & nevermore from the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
      That doesn’t mean they comprise a two parter but they may be linked as you said. Or it’s a red herring for any one who knows the poem (or has seen the Simpsons episode).
      … I’ve just scanned the poem & a link kinda would make sense.

    • 100,000BC

      September 14th, 2015 - 7:18pm

      “Sleep no more” is also a quote from Macbeth (act 2 scene 2) where he begins to hallucinate after killing the king (“Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘sleep no more: Macbeth does murder sleep”)
      As for Face the Raven… No idea. A quick google of the phrase turned out no obvious cultural references although the previous act of Macbeth does use a ‘raven’ as a metaphor for a messenger.

      (you can tell I had an English lesson today)

    • A

      September 16th, 2015 - 8:13pm

      Possible but the poem is about loss, which is something the Doctor dreads. I do hope the Doctor isn’t guilt ridden about murder.

  • Anonymous

    September 14th, 2015 - 4:03pm

    these sounds great

    I love the last two


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