Sunday, 20 September 2015

T.V Review - Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice

Title: The Magician's Apprentice
Air Date: 19th September 2015
Writer: Steven Moffat

So, the opening episode of series 9*. Peter Capaldi's second full year as the Doctor.

Really, I don't have a lot to say here since this is a two-parter. Certainly an ambitious choice to open the series with half a story and one I'm not too sure works all that well.

Don't get me wrong, this is a fun episode. It's zany, completely off the wall and very much like a panto.

But we've only got half a story.

Taking a step back for a moment and everyone is still reeling from the events of series 8. Clara is a darker character here than we've seen from her before, the Doctor seems to have lost his mind and Missy is, well, Missy.

You can't watch this episode and not come out of it without a lot of questions, roughly 75% of which will be answered next week if the past is any indication. And the villain of the week is, well predictably, it's the Daleks or, someone connected to them anyway. Missy is not the bad guy here. In fact she's very much a good guy and seeing her play opposite the 12th Doctor could easily be a show on it's own.

There's a lot of jokes, and Peter gets to be a rock star for a good ten minute chunk of the episode (side note, he's really good) then there's the call backs. Past Doctors do make an appearance via archive footage and a question that people do tend to ask every so often comes into play here.

As a series opener? Odd choice but fun, pretty much exactly what Doctor Who has made its M.O for the last few years.

Next week should clear a few things up. We hope.

* I know, I forgot series 8. I'll get back to them

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