Twelfth Doctor: The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar (dual review)


Writer: Steven Moffat

Director: Hettie MacDonald

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave)

Series: 9, Episodes 1 and 2

Summary: The Earth’s skies have been frozen in time. Meanwhile, the Doctor has gone back in time and encountered Davros as a child.  Missy has frozen time to contact Clara and tell her that the Doctor will die. The Doctor is being pursued through time by Colony Sarff, an ally of Davros, who tells him that Davros is dying.

Review: This was an interesting episode with such potential at first. I was excited when I saw Davros as a child, because I thought we’d get an origin story for him. But instead, the Doctor fights off Daleks. Missy was pretty good in this, as she provided some good tension for Clara. I did laugh when the Doctor showed up in Davros’s hover-chair and taunts the Daleks. I freaked out when I saw Clara become a Dalek because it brought back memories of her first appearance. Especially when it seemed as if it had taken over her mind and she was fighting against its influence. And then there was my main problem with this episode: it debuted the stupid “sonic sunglasses”. So, this episode is a mixed bag, but I still liked it.

Overall Review: 7/10

Continuity: We hear clips from “Genesis of the Daleks” and “Remembrance of the Daleks”. A splinter of Clara became a Dalek in “Asylum of the Daleks”. The Doctor is once again told he would be a good Dalek, as he was in the episodes “Dalek” and “Into the Dalek”.




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