I guess when you’re from a TV show where the lead character has the uncanny ability to turn into a popular British actor in the face of death, disintegration is merely a setback rather than permanent. Yes, lovable UNIT scientist/Doctor fangirl Osgood will be in Doctor Who’s next season, along with some familiar foes.
Many Doctor Who fans have taken current showrunner Steven Moffat to task for the fleeting nature of death during his run on the show. So many characters have died and come back to life again. The afterlife, fictional or otherwise, is more like a one-night stop at a motel rather than an everlasting resting place. But it seemed that death had come for good for Ingrid Oliver’s UNIT scientist Osgood in last year’s season finale Death in Heaven, when the Master chillingly blasted her into dust for funsies... that is, until now.
Today, the BBC confirmed that the character would return in a two-part episode later this year, currently being filmed in Cardiff — and not only that, she would be facing off once more against the Zygons, shapeshifting aliens that first appeared in the 1975 story Terror of the Zygons, before making a vaunted return during 2013’s 50th Anniversary shindig, The Day of The Doctor. Here’s Steven Moffat on Osgood and the Zygons’ return:
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?
Oooh Moffat, you sly cad you, et cetera, et cetera.
But how is Osgood being revived from the dead? Actually, she presumably isn’t. Keen-minded readers might remember that when last we saw the Zygons, they had duplicated Osgood, UNIT commander-in-chief Kate Stewart and others, and negotiated a peace treaty with their actual UNIT counterparts after having their memories wiped. Perhaps then, instead of Doctor Who’s usual brand of timey-wimy shenanigans, this Osgood is a Zygon duplicate, and the actual Osgood is still a pile of dust floating along in the wind?
We’ll find out when Doctor Who returns in autumn, I guess.