The official screening of the Christmas special of “Doctor Who” offered a hint about series 9, which doesn’t open until next Fall. According to Radio Times and other news outlets, the title was revealed to be “The Magician’s Apprentice.” Radio Times speculates on the connection to Peter Capaldi’s magician look. There are, however, a number of famous magicians or sorcerers that could easily be the focus of the season opener. Think Houdini or even literary giants like Merlin or Gandalf. Perhaps a Disney connection would be a stretch, but the Fantasia sequence always seems to come to mind with a reference to an “apprentice.” In addition, Steven Moffat has confirmed that Missy (Michelle Gomez) will be returning. Could she be the magician?
After figuring out the identity of the magician, one still has the question of who the apprentice might be. There’s been a lot of speculation about Clara Oswald’s (Jenna Coleman) possible return (or departure). She might be a likely candidate for an apprentice if she continues to travel with the Doctor. Will her excursions stay on a weekly schedule or will she be more of a full-time companion like the others? One thing is for certain, next fall seems so far off!