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Ingrid Oliver as Osgood in 'Doctor Who' (Pic: BBC)
Ingrid Oliver as Osgood in 'Doctor Who' (Pic: BBC)
Ingrid Oliver as Osgood in ‘Doctor Who’ (Pic: BBC)

The story so far: in the Doctor Who story “Death in Heaven,” Missy, the regenerated Master, found herself handcuffed inside a plane, with only kind and faithful (and slightly asthmatic) Osgood for company, and mischief on her mind.

Then something unfortunate happens to Osgood, and then, later on, something of equal misfortune happens to Missy. And that is that. They were never seen again.

Except that’s not quite the case. We already know that Missy is making a return journey in Doctor Who’s ninth season, and as of today, we now know that fan favorite Osgood—played by Ingrid Oliver—is coming back too.

And this is only a few months after Steven Moffat confirmed to Doctor Who Magazine that the human Osgood—and not her Zygon counterpart—was most definitely no longer with us: “If that had been a Zygon, she wouldn’t have been killed so easily. Dead, I’m afraid.”

However, this is what he is saying now: “Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series. We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning – but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?”

And what’s more, the Zygons will be back with her, in a two-part story that also brings Kate Stewart and UNIT back into the Doctor’s life.

Naturally Ingrid is delighted to be making the return trip: “As every actor who’s worked on Doctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you’ll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honor’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honor. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a goner after the last series!”

Naturally we’ll have to wait to find out how she made the return trip from the afterlife.

Doctor Who will be back in Autumn 2015. But while we’re mulling it all over, here’s Doctor Who: The Fan Show

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By Fraser McAlpine