The Season 9 premiere of Doctor Who airs Saturday night on BBC and other channels around the world. So why is the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) hiding in “The Magician’s Apprentice”? And what will happen in Friday's prequel?

Doctor Who Season 9 begins with a  brief prologue titled “The Doctor’s Meditation” It premieres in America at 10 p.m. EST on Friday, but bootlegged versions have already leaked online. Spoilers for this Series 9 prequel reveal that the humorous mini-episode features The Doctor attempting to meditate before getting distracted. But he also reveals to a servant that someone he’s “known a long time” is “very sick.”

American fans can then watch the Doctor Who Season 9 premiere live on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET, while British fans can see it at 7:40 p.m. local time on BBC One.


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For a full list of “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Doctor’s Meditation” air dates and channels around the world, click here. Those in the United Kingdom can also watch a live stream of Episode 1 here via the BBC iPlayer.

So what will happen in the Season 9 premiere of Doctor Who? The synopsis for “The Magician’s Apprentice” reveals that Clara (Jenna Coleman) will call on the Doctor for help after Earth’s skies are frozen. But the Doctor will be hiding from someone (or something). The BBC website also hints that “old enemies will come face-to-face” in Episode 1.

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But since some viewers got to watch Episode 1 of Doctor Who Season 9 early, we already know what will happen in the premiere. “The Magician’s Apprentice” will feature the return of The Master, aka Missy (Michelle Gomez). But this time, she’ll have to work with Clara to try to find The Doctor.

Watch a trailer for Doctor Who Season 9, Episode 1, "The Magician's Apprentice."

“The season in general I would say there’s a sort of opera to it,” Gomez said before the Doctor Who Season 9 premiere. “There’s something in the way it looks, in its landscape and its approach this year it just seems sort of bigger than ever. And it’s not just with plots and sets and costumes, but it’s an attitude, really, that comes across. There’s a grandness to it…ambitiously so I would say.”

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Other spoilers indicate that Season 9, Episode 1 will focus more on Doctor Who’s past. There will also be a big shocker five minutes into “The Magician’s Apprentice.”

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