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May 8th, 2015 51 comments

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Zygons and Osgood Return to Doctor Who in Series 9

Double trouble in Doctor Who as Osgood takes on the terrifying Zygons

Cruel, heartless and shocking? Having being killed by Missy (Michelle Gomez) in the show’s series eight finale ‘Death in Heaven’, the Doctor’s biggest fan and UNIT scientist Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, has been brought back by Steven Moffat for Doctor Who series nine.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said:

“Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series. We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning – but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?”

The last time we saw Osgood as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart’s assistant was with the Twelfth Doctor during an invasion of Earth by an army of Cybermen led by a new, female incarnation of the Master. This time she’s back in action and comes face-to-face with the shape-shifting extra-terrestrial Zygons, as they also return for the new series. They last appeared in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ for the show’s 50th anniversary episode.

Speaking on set, Ingrid Oliver commented on her reappearance:

“As every actor who’s worked on Doctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you’ll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a goner after the last series!”

The two-part episode is currently being filmed in Cardiff and is written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who – Kill the Moon, Wallander, Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell), produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Daniel Nettheim (Line of Duty, Glue).

Also joining Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and confirmed for guest roles in the double episode is Jemma Redgrave, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook.

Doctor Who series nine will be back on BBC One in Autumn 2015 and further guest cast will be released over the coming months. Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.



  • Bob

    May 31st, 2015 - 12:56am

    She did use her asthma inhaler but only once when the Doctor promised to take her with him. But I think you may be on to something.

  • Cousins2019

    May 18th, 2015 - 11:35am

    No one ever really dies in Doctor Who

  • CJ

    May 17th, 2015 - 11:22am

    If that is the case, then Steven Moffat is definitely a troll!

  • Anonymous

    May 17th, 2015 - 4:33am

    That thought had crossed my mind.

  • Kiba

    May 16th, 2015 - 7:38pm

    Did anyone notice how calm Osgood was in ‘Death in Heaven’? If I remember correct she never used her asthma pump. Perhaps that Osgood was the Zygon?

  • CJ

    May 15th, 2015 - 6:45pm

    Peter Harness has said that this two-parter will have a big cliffhanger… This will be exciting!

  • DoctorRiverTARDIS

    May 13th, 2015 - 11:16pm

    Yeah, but the human needs to stay alive for the zygon to keep the shape, that’s why they kept Kate alive in the 50th, otherwise it could have just copied her and killed her rather than cover her in gross red gooey stuff

  • drwhofan4ever

    May 11th, 2015 - 8:33pm

    If you watch the video about Rufus hound in the read through you can’t see Jenna Coleman, does this mean she has been killed off or something.

  • CJ

    May 11th, 2015 - 4:41pm

    I wouldn’t be surprise if it was

  • Dem squiggles

    May 11th, 2015 - 4:01pm

    Maybe the osgood that was killed was a zygon

  • CJ

    May 10th, 2015 - 4:54pm

    Osgood is either:

    – the Zygon from TDOTD
    – or a past selve

    Those are the only two explanations unless any of you have any…

  • CJ

    May 10th, 2015 - 4:45pm

    Yes and Osgood was alive when the Zygon took her form

  • TrueWhovian17

    May 10th, 2015 - 3:02pm

    K, messed up computer. Probably Zygon Osgood, seems to be the most poular explanation

  • TrueWhovian17

    May 10th, 2015 - 3:01pm

    Im glad the Zygons are back as they were always my favourite classic monster even though I have never watched any classic who. I just always seemed to like the concept of them and I was excitited they were in DOTD. My guess for Osgood is maybe that zapping thing Missy used didn’t kill osgood, it just teleported heror something. E

  • Masterwho

    May 10th, 2015 - 2:44pm

    The zygons’ body printing only works of the person being copied is still alive.

  • the silence

    May 10th, 2015 - 12:43pm

    the Zygon can only stay in Osgoods form if she was still alive which she clearly isn’t

  • Anonymous

    May 9th, 2015 - 10:06pm

    Everyone dies in Doctor Who.

  • Peking Homunculus

    May 9th, 2015 - 6:13pm

    Most likely the Zygon from Day of the Doctor, although that’s edging close to territory that Eighth Doctor Adventure’s ‘The Zygon Who Fell to Earth’ already trod

  • drwhofan4ever

    May 9th, 2015 - 5:12pm

    If you follow the link and look in the mirror in the photo it looks like she is wearing a shirt similar to the 7th doctors

  • CJ

    May 9th, 2015 - 2:43pm

    Its either that or she could be the Zygon from the Day of the Doctor.

  • Anonymous

    May 9th, 2015 - 2:19pm

    Time Travel remember….I bet she is still dead and that excellent scene still stands…but they visit her in the past.

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