I swear this was going to come sooner. Actually, this post was going to come the day after the first episode premiered, but upon watching the show I delayed the review a week so I could do both parts of the episode together, which would make sense since they are part one and two. Thus, delayed review. But alas, here it is: the Doctor Who Season 9 Openers Review: Magician’s Apprentice and Witch’s Familiar!
WARNING: Before you continue, read my philosophy on spoilers here and read at your own risk!
The first episode of the season was The Magician’s Apprentice. It started with a war scene and we see a young boy towards the end tried to get save by a soldier. The soldier gets swallowed up by hand monster things and then the Doctor appears. Long story short, the boy is Davros, leader of the Daleks. The Doctor then panics and leaves.
It fasts forward to a man hunting the universe for the Doctor and asking anybody that might know where he is where he is. With the last person, after the weird guy leaves, we finally see the Doctor as his friend asks him “What have you done?”
Then we see Clara! Clara! Our precious Clara! She’s in full teacher mode when she looks out the window and finds that the planes are stopped. Just stopped in mid-air. She then goes to UNIT with Kate Stewart to try to figure out what’s going on when the Doctor line receives a message. The message reads “OH MISSY YOUR SO FINE YOU SO FINE YOU BLOW MY MIND” and Clara meets with our darling Missy and the two talk and then set out on a mission to find the Doctor, because he sent her what is basically his will because he believes that he is going to die soon.
They find him in Essex in the year 1138, where he was pretty much just partying it up with a bunch of people from the time period. The weird guy found him as well and turned out to be a weird type of snake, to which the Doctor agreed to go with him to see Davros on his dying days. Clara and Missy won’t let him go alone and they end up going to what they believe is a space ship.
The three are all in a room for a minute or two before the Doctor is taken to see Davros, while Clara and Missy go outside of the space ship and discover that they can walk on what look likes to be space. Shortly later, they discover that they are not on a space ship and rather are on Skaro, the home planet of the Daleks. Doctor is not happy when he discovers this.
The middle stuff is boring but not as important as what happens at the end. Both Missy and Clara get exterminated and the TARDIS gets destroyed, leaving the Doctor alone on Skaro with Davros dying. Thus ends part one!
The Witch’s Familiar premiered the week after the first episode did and was a continuation of the first one. What happens in the first five or so minutes is that we discover that Missy and Clara are not dead but are alive and well in the sewers of Skaro, which are actually kind of like graves for rejected Daleks. Missy tricked Clara into looking at a Dalek security camera and then also shoved her into a Dalek itself to get them inside where they were before again to save the Doctor.
While this is going on, the Doctor is with Davros and he is dying, and the Doctor is taking pity on him. Then he does a stupid. He goes to Davros’ life line tubes and uses regeneration energy to let Davros live about five minutes longer to see the sunset. Obviously, that backfires and Davros hacks it so that all the Daleks and himself have the energy that he has to live longer.
But, that Doctor has a plan. That energy goes to every Dalek on the planet, including the angry dead rejected ones in the sewers. They come up and start to attack Davros and all Daleks. Doctor escapes, finds Missy, who left Clara in the Dalek. Clara finds them and it takes the Doctor a minute to realize that its her in there. Missy escapes and the two of them run to where the TARDIS is hiding and they get in and go away.
Now there’s one little bit of these episodes that’s a bit controversial thus far in the fandom. I was saving that little rant for the end to end the review on a ranty note.
Seriously, sonic sunglasses? No. No. And more NO. The Doctor has had a sonic screwdriver for the first 52 years of this damn show and suddenly idiotic Steven Moffat comes along and decides that he’s going to change them to glasses? Absolutely not. I hate them. I get that it makes sense to have something else sonic since the screwdriver was given to Davros, but he could have taken it back. He could get a new one. ANYTHING BUT THE GLASSES.
Everything else about these two episodes were fantastic and I loved them and it was a great start to the season, but the Doctor needs his screwdriver. End of story.