Michelle Gomez will return as Missy (aka The Master) in the season premiere of Doctor Who this fall. She joins Peter Capaldi for his second season as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as companion Clara Oswald. Gomez, whose character is the first feminine form that the Doctor’s longtime nemesis has taken, is a fellow Time Lord who first appeared on the BBC series in 1971 as portrayed by Roger Delgado and was a frequent foil over various incarnations. Since the show came back in 2005, the Master has been played by Derek Jacobi, John Simm and Gomez, who first appeared in the show’s current Season 8 in 2014. Gomez will appear in the two-part episode, “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar” later this year. The episodes are written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald. Also returning is Jemma Redgrave, who appeared in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor, and last season’s episodes “Dark Water” and “Death In Heaven.” Further guest starring in the season opener are Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins and Jaye Griffiths.
Growing a tradition of high-profile world premieres, the Mip-TV market has set a debut screening of Texas Rising for its upcoming April event. The series is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America, in association with Thinkfactory Media for History and is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The first episode will be screened in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals on April 13. The eight-part series details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Directed by Roland Joffe, it stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Olivier Martinez and Kris Kristofferson and has a May start in the U.S. on History.
At Mipcom in October, Simon Cowell was surprised to learn that Mongolia was one of the only territories that did not have a version of his Got Talent franchise. That was swiftly corrected with Mongolia’s Got Talent being commissioned in December last year. Now, rival singing competition show The Voice is getting its own local version there. NTN is set to produce a homegrown take on the series from Talpa Global reaching an audience of 1.5M in Ulaanbaatar and another 1.5M in the rest of the country.