The Magician's Apprentice
|The Magician's Apprentice|
|Air date||19 September 2015|
|Written by||Steven Moffat|
|Directed by||Hettie MacDonald|
|The Doctor's Meditation||The Witch's Familiar|
The entire episode is built around a single line of dialogue uttered by the Doctor back in the classic series, when he tangled with Davros and his Daleks and was forced to make an ultimate choice regarding their fates:
- Unimaginable power! UNLIMITED RICE PUDDING!
We see the origin of Davros, here revealed as basically the kid from The Family of Blood. There's hand mines, on loan from Guillermo Del Toro, and there's clam drones lurking somewhere else. The Doctor tries to save babbydavros and inadvertantly gives him the idea for the Daleks ("Survival is a choice, choose it now"), then when he realizes what he's done he does some timey-wimey jiggery-pokery Doctor flim-flam and straight up murders a child, live on camera in front of millions of viewers around the world.
Elsewhere in the plot, Missy meets up with Clara in... Turkey, let's assume, and seduces her. For their first date, they go visit a concert where the Dreamboys are playing. Also it’s around here the Doctor just offhandly mentions he won a sword fight with a daffodil. Unfortunately, a segue snakeman shows up and kidnaps everybody, taking them all to a space station that turns out to be skaro except skaro's destroyed except it's not and now it's cloaked but last time it was visible and also there's still 60s Daleks on it and also I saw a Special Weapons Dalek and ooooooo, special weapons dalek!
Still, there is reason to hold out hope:
>people on GB are saying its VNA level dark
>dove like creatures
>paul daniels gives Clara a "shock of her life"
>'Is a man who can pull a rabbit out of a hat really a man at all? Is magic even real?'
>"This might be where you can argue that the new approach is, for the first time, seen uncluttered by any of the old approach."
>Moffat said the ending scene at the kfc is his favorite scene in the Series
>Moffat said in DWM that Steven Moffat(writer of the episode) was going to stick around 'for a long time, I promise you' implying the script is GOAT
>instagram insult in episode
Damn fine opener. 11/10 s'alright.
As per usual, live /who/ was flooded with autists who screamed "MOFFAT OUT OHMYGOD SO CRINGEY HOW AWFUL ILL NEVER WATCH THIS show AGAIN" without actually watching the episode. It apparently seems pretty divisive.
Objectively, no, it wasn't The Eleventh Hour tier, but it was still a solid 8/10, if not higher. Yes, almost nothing was explained, and that really sucks, but this is the first part of a two part story. You'd think people would remember that.
Capaldi really owns it as the Doctor, every scene he's in is GOAT. Same with Julian Bleach. Davros is GOAT in this story,
can't wait to see the resolution. As long as the plot coalesces into something coherent in The Witch's Familiar, this might be the best series opener yet. Davros was GOAT, the resolution was shit (literally), and it was generally pretty alright.
If you're not autistic, you'll realize it's pretty good (as long as TWF doesn't let us down).
- But who was apprentice? (I like /who/'s theory that's its Davros, 12's the magician and the Sonic Screwdriver is his magic wand.)
- It had a tonne of Classic references, and even audio clips of Doctors from earlier Davros stories, but still didn't include any clips of 8 even though he has a GOAT story with Davros. McGann on suicide watch.