Pick of the week
Dr Who Sunday, from 5.30am, ABC iview; 7.40pm, ABC
This hugely popular science-fiction fantasy drama launched in 1963, ran until 1989 and was revived in 2005. Twelve actors have played the Doctor, a space and time-travelling humanoid alien who explores the universe in his spaceship, the TARDIS, which is disguised as a British police box. Here, Peter Capaldi returns for a second season as the Doctor. Not surprisingly, the BBC isn’t giving much away about the 12 episodes, except to say he will be joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) as they journey “to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, through hidden alien dens to the very end of time itself. Plus, the Doctor will come face to face with Missy (Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire [and] terrifying ghosts.” In The Magician’s Apprentice, part one of the first episode, Earth’s skies are frozen by an alien force. Clara searches for the Doctor but he’s disappeared. Everything becomes clear next week in part two, The Witch’s Familiar. At least seven writers work on each episode. “There is an epic sweep to this season and I think the villains and monsters reflect that. Great new ones, brilliant old ones, and some very scary creatures looming in stories with real emotional ambition,” Capaldi, who’s likely to return next year, said in a recent interview.