The Magicians Apprentice (Doctor Who Series 9)

Capaldi returns for his second series as the Doctor and immediately comes face to face with one of his greatest foes. However this foe is just a child, a child that is in danger, but what will he do when he learns the child’s name. Davros.

The Magicians Apprentice makes for a great opening episode and is a lot stronger than the episode that started series 8 “Deep  Breath”. This episode starts the series off well with several great introductions to characters and sets things of in an interesting new direction.

who_3_0Missy makes a welcome return to Doctor Who, literally stopping plans in the air as a way to say hello, oh and to force clara to help her find the Doctor of course.

However Missy is not the only one looking for that particular time lord, that task goes to Colony Sarff or as the Doctor calls him “A snake in a dress”. They eventually catch up to the Doctor in Medieval England where he has seemingly been partying for the last three weeks. Entering an arena on top of a tank while playing the Doctor Who theme song on guitar is something that needs to be seen to be believed. I thought it was absolutely marvellous and reminded me a lot of David Tennant’s behaviour in The Girl in The Fireplace.

who_8_0Colony Sarff bringing the Doctor and his friends back to Skaro where the Daleks were created and where he first met Davros was an intriguing development.

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The scenes between the Doctor and Davros were the most dramatic parts of the episode but the interactions between Clara and Missy were just as good and I can only hope that we will get to see more of them acting together. The search for the Doctor was a good addition to the episode as we get to see a number of locations and people from his past including The Shadow Proclamation, The Sisterhood of Karn and seedy Maldovarium bar from the days of Matt Smith.

What struck me the most about this episode was the choice that the doctor has regarding whether to help Davros when he is in danger as a child. The episode does a great job of making this even more dramatic by replaying the words of the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker). “If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?

“Davros made the Daleks but WHO made Davros”

The Doctor could stop the creation of the Daleks and save countless lives in the process but what would that mean for the fate of the universe and for the Doctor himself. Ultimately I thought that this was a great start to the series and I am really looking forward to episode 2. Let me know what you thought of the first episode down in the comments and thank you for checking out my blog.

Next episode: The Witch’s Familiar

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