Doctor Who Season 9: Who's Back to 'Plague' the Time Lord?

Doctor Who Season 9 Missy Returns

The Twelfth Doctor will get a blast from his not-too-distant past when Doctor Who opens Season 9.

BBC America announced on Thursday that Michelle Gomez is set to (improbably?) reprise her role as “Missy” aka The Master.

“Everybody hide,” executive producer Steven Moffat said in a statement. “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.”

Says Gomez herself: “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 two-part Season 9 premiere, “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” was penned by lead writer Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald (who helmed the award-winning “Blink” episode).

Also guest-starring in the opener are Jemma Redgrave (reprising her role as Kate), Kelly Hunter (aka the Shadow Architect from Season 4), Clare Higgins (as Ohila) and Silent Witness‘ Jaye Griffiths.