This is spoiler free preview. But there will be a few tidbits on the episode. So if you want to remain completely and absolutely spoiler free may we suggest that we you don’t read this or any other preview on The Magician’s Apprentice. But trust us! It is amazing.
On September 19th Doctor Who is back on our screens in the huge blockbuster spectacular – The Magician’s Apprentice. The Doctor is missing. No where to be found! A mysterious and terrifying alien searches the universe for the mad man in a blue police box without success. Meanwhile Clara and Kate Stewart are trying to figure out why all the planes have been frozen in the sky. But the Doctor is on the run. Haunted by his past actions, the Doctor is hiding.
And that’s not all that’s back. Missy aka The Master is back and so are the Daleks. But these aren’t the sit-down-and-chat Daleks that have we have seen lately. These are the no-holds barred, killing machines of the past. No emotion. Just Exterminate!!
Without giving to much more away this is one of the biggest openers in recent history. It feels more like a special or a finale. There are huge nods to the past – both to classic and recent history – and a few pieces of homage to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Harry Potter and Star Wars (again). It is a thrilling, quick paced story full of twists and turns. There are new monsters – such as the Colony Sarff and the hands in the earth – that are sure to give the young viewer and perhaps some of the older ones nightmares. This is Steven Moffat at his best.
The Magician’s Apprentice opens with a war. A never-ending war. One that has been going on so long that it is called just simply The War. And the Doctor isn’t the only one to stumble into the middle of the battle. He’s left with a decision, one that has huge consequences for both him and the universe. In the end, we are left with an even bigger question and a cliff hanger that will leave you uneasy and uncomfortable.
Capaldi, Coleman and Gomez are fantastic in this episode. Capaldi excels in his portrayal of the Doctor. He has grown into his own man and is a delight to watch. He shows more compassion and regret than last season without losing his edginess and rudeness that is so Twelve. The relationship between Clara and Doctor has lost the angst and arguments and the rapid banter between the two sparkles. What can we say about Missy without giving it away? Well she’s back! She’s crazy as a fox and completely cruel. Clara and Missy have to rely on each other to find the Doctor, and the repartee between the two women is sharp and witty.
This is a perfect episode to open the new season. Hats off to director Hettie Macdonald and Steven Moffat.
Party on Dude!!
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Hettie Macdonald
Producer: Peter Bennett
Starring: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Guest cast: Michelle Gomez, Jemma Redgrave, Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins, Jaye Griffiths, Harki Bhambra, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Joey Price, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Dasharn Anderson, Demi Papaminas, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Benjamin Cawley, Stefan Adegbola, Shin-Fei Chen, Lucy Newman-Williams, Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg, Jonathon Ojinnaka.
“Where is the Doctor?” When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara, survival seems impossible.