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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.

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