Doctor Who: Season 9 (2015)


Season 9
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Peter Capaldi and the writers have settled into an emotionally engaging tone, allowing the show to raise the stakes for the Twelfth Doctor.



Critic Ratings: 17


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Air date: Sep 19, 2015
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In Season 9 of this iconic sci-fi series, Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald. Together, they travel through time and space on the TARDIS and battles foes such as Dream Crabs and Daleks. Also, a major story arc this season revolves around the mystery of a being called the Hybrid, the combination of two great warrior races.

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Critic Reviews for Doctor Who Season 9

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Rarely has a show been so dependent on the skills of a single actor - and Capaldi is a good one: able to bring just enough emotional depth to a comicbook caper to render it dramatic.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Doctor has certainly chilled out quite a bit from his harder-edged persona from last year.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 9.4/10 | Full Review…

Full of wit and menace, unafraid to take on the show's museum piece classics, The Magician's Apprentice proves to be a supremely confident series premiere, launching the Twelfth Doctor's second innings in style.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Seemingly keen to re-energize itself after a topsy-turvy year in 2014, Doctor Who's ninth season has upped the stakes dramatically while still maintaining much of its grounded, loveable charm.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

So beautifully well written, with a few familiar settings and a new one we haven't seen (Skaro of course).

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

A 4.5 billion-year stay in hell, invasions, ghosts, a quick trip home, and death - lots of death: it's been a rough season for the Doctor, but in the end, it has made him all the better.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

To make matters worse, the episode falls foul of the two most common stumbling blocks for Doctor Who writers: maintaining the balance between the Doctor and his companion, and making sure the stakes feel believably high.

Jan 18, 2017 | Full Review…

This is big-ticket Doctor Who, done in such a beautifully delicate way that it manages both to startle and to endear.

Oct 4, 2016 | Full Review…

The character this season appears less grumpy, imbued with a kind of joyful mania.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Seemingly keen to re-energize itself after a topsy-turvy year in 2014, Doctor Who Season Nine has upped the stakes dramatically while still maintaining much of its grounded, loveable charm.

Sep 20, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 9

  • May 03, 2019
    PERFECT SERIES. Absolutely amazing writing by the whole team. Perfect acting by capaldi and wonderful acting by his companions missy and Clara. This is the perfect series of doctor who and definitely my favourite.
  • Apr 22, 2019
    just great. Purely fun.
  • Apr 12, 2019
    Loved the return to the dramatic,brooding, and strange doctor. Capaldi acting mixed with the tone and writing this season was most satisfying.
  • Mar 27, 2019
    High praise for episode 11 heaven sent. The music is just stunning. My favorite Capaldi episode, some episodes throughout the entire series are especially special. I get chills still, Murray Gold work for doctor who will be missed. The writing is good but it would not be as highly rated if the medley had been different.
  • Feb 20, 2019
    What a sad sad end to a potentially magnificent doctor... I guess making the Clara Show was more important that showcasing Capaldi's brilliant acting potential...
  • Feb 05, 2019
    My favorite season, and I 've been a fan since the 4th Doctor. Incredible, gorgeous & made the 12th Doctor my favorite Doctor.
  • Jan 27, 2019
    A mixed bag of a series, the stories where good but the arc and finale brought the rest of the series down. Heaven sent was one of the best stories I had seen in a long time only to be followed up by one of the worst in the shows history. Hell bent killed a lot of peoples passion for the series at least until series 10 came along and showed a return to form. Despite it's faults series 9 did have a few good episodes which do stand out and Peter was great in the role.
  • Jan 15, 2019
    Even my long standing love for the show cannot save it from bad writing, sunglasses, electric guitar, and clara. A very weak season.
  • Jan 13, 2019
    I generally loved this season. Peter Capaldi, while not my favourite Doctor definitely still feels like The Doctor and is an interesting character. Clara Oswald is still a great companion. The stories were high quality and enjoyable. Unfortunately, season 9 of Doctor Who is where sexist overtones towards men started to be added to the show. I the girl who died, Clara says "the universe is full of testosterone. trust me, it's unbearable." to some characters. Imagine, if the genders were reversed and a male character said "the universe is full of estrogen. trust me, it's unbearable", people would be outraged, I am disappointed that the BBC show writers would allow this kind of sexism against men to be left in the dialogue by the main characters. If it was two way banter where both genders were being critical of each other that would be one thing. Or if it was a historic character being sexist towards a woman, that would be historically appropriate for the time period the show was taking in, but to have a modern character from present time, Clara Oswald to say sexist garbage like that is without any men in the show being able to get away with anything like that is really a poor decision by the BBC and very distasteful. Another incident of this sexism against men is in the episode, Hell bent, where Spoiler Alert: a Timelord who is a white male gets killed and regenerates as a black woman and says "Oh, back to normal, am I? The only time I've been a man, that last body. Dear Lord, how do you cope with all that ego? ". This is sexist because her first sentence implies that it is not normal to be a man. Then it promotes the stereotype that men are all egotistical. Imagine if the genders were reversed and a female Time Lord said something similar "Back to normal am I? first time I've ever been a women. God, how do you deal with all that (insert your own fav stereotype about women here)". Once again it would not be tolerated if the genders were reversed so it's definitely a sexist statement that was in poor taste by the BBC for it to be allowed to be included in the final script. I have docked half a star for these sexist statements in what would otherwise be rated as 5 star season by me.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Good season, individual stories were generally good, poor story arc and finale. Heaven Sent was fantastic.

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