Michelle Gomez, the wonderful actress who played Doctor Who‘s nemesis Missy with such delicious glee last season, will be returning in the ninth season to once again torment the time-traveling Gallifreyan.
Michelle Gomez said: “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). Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said: “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. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”
Missy, whose name is short for Mistress, is the female incarnation of the Master, the Doctor’s long-time adversary. While they were friends when they were children on Gallifrey, they first met on-screen during the fourth season in 1971. Since then a number of actors have portrayed the Master, but Michelle Gomez is the first actress to play the role.