We’re closer than ever to Doctor Who’s Season 9 premiere, and the creature effects of “The Magician’s Apprentice and “The Witch’s Familiar” only get weirder and more cinematic as we go. The BBC has released a quick new teaser for the two-part premiere, as well as an intriguing new synopsis alluding to the Doctor’s mysterious absence.

The brief new spot doesn’t get us any closer to the identity of Maisie Williams’ mysterious character, though we at least get a hint of confrontation between Missy and Clara, as well as some kind of one-on-one fight for the shades-rocking Doctor, and a even huge Dalek elsewhere. In the meantime at least, check out the BBC’s new synopsis for “The Magician’s Apprentice”:

Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from?

As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.

Premiering September 19 with two-part installment “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” Doctor Who Season 9 will feature among its guest stars Game of Thrones favorite Maisie Williams, Rufas Hound, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Jemma Redgrave, Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins, Jaye Griffiths, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas, and a returning Michelle Gomez.

In the meantime, we’ve included the first trailers again below, and stay tuned for more on all of Doctor Who’s upcoming season, including River Song’s return for the Christmas Special!

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