“Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful,” British poet John Donne famously wrote, “for thou art not so.” That’s doubly true when it comes to Doctor Who.
The BBC announced today that the latest character from the long-running time travel show to return from the grave will be Osgood, the UNIT scientist played by Ingrid Oliver who was killed by Michelle Gomez’s villainous Missy in last year’s season finale. Osgood will appear in a two-part adventure which also features alien shape-shifters the Zygons.
“Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series,” said Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat, in a statement. “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?”
“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,” Oliver said in the release announcing her character’s return. “To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a gonner after the last series!”
The two-parter is written by Peter Harness (Wallander) and is currently being filmed in Cardiff, Wales. The new season of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, will premiere this fall.