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The Magician's Apprentice 

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When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend, the Doctor. But where is he and what is he hiding from?


Hettie Macdonald


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks" and "Davros") | 5 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Jami Reid-Quarrell ... Colony Sarff
Julian Bleach ... Davros
Jemma Redgrave ... Kate
Jaye Griffiths Jaye Griffiths ... Jac
Harki Bhambra ... Mike
Daniel Hoffmann-Gill ... Bors
Joey Price Joey Price ... Boy
Benjamin Cawley ... Kanzo
Aaron Neil ... Mr. Dunlop
Clare Higgins ... Ohila
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
Kelly Hunter ... Shadow Architect


Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen over by an mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friends. 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.

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Release Date:

19 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magician's Apprentice See more »

Filming Locations:

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Did You Know?


The Doctor's entrance references Peter Capaldi's time as the lead singer of a punk rock band in college. See more »


When the Doctor throws his sonic screwdriver, it lands on the ground with no hand mines around. When the boy is picking it up, the screwdriver is right at the base of a hand mine. See more »


Clara: Jane Austen. Amazing writer, brilliant comic observer, and strictly amongst ourselves, a phenomenal kisser.
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Featured in Doctor Who Extra: Missy and the Doctor (2015) See more »


The Weeping Song
Written by Nick Cave
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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Davros Has A Dream . The Audience Have A Nightmare
20 September 2015 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

In my review of the season 8 finale I suggested Steven Moffat wasn't happy to destroy present day DOCTOR WHO and he felt the need to destroy the show's past also . He continues this with the series 9 opener where he ret-cons Genesis Of The Daleks from 1975 . Genesis is perhaps the greatest story from the classic show where a supremely talented production team really pushed the boat out as to what they could get away with in something that was perceived as a cosy family show . One controversy was the subtext of racism with an eternal war between two races The Kaleds and the Thals and I wonder if anyone praising this episode has any knowledge of the concept of subtext ? Two separate races complete with fascist imagery and iconography including Nazi salutes . The Daleks are space Nazis descended from the Kaled race but the Kaleds were space Nazis to begin with , obsessed with racial purity and as I said this is paramount to the point Terry Nation narrative is making . Not so here where the opening scene shows the Kaleds as being a totally diverse ethnic group of people which ignores the xenophobic motivation of a race war . It also ignores the internal logic of a "war of attrition only backwards" seen in Genesis . Bi-planes with lasers , "hand-mines" ( Hey you've seen PANS LABYRINTH haven't you Steven ? ) clash with soldiers armed with bow and arrows might be striking on a visual level but instantly collapses given the slightest thought and unfortunately this ill thought out plotting in the pre title sequence is a highlight compared to what comes after it

This is the first half of a two part story but seems to be entirely composed of padding . Planes become frozen in the air and UNIT call on Clara and Missy to find the Doctor who is playing electric guitar in ye days of olde Not only is it obvious padding but is misguided and embarrassing padding . Missy is dreadful in both writing and the way she's played by Gomez and is a million light years removed from the previous incarnations of The Master . Even the cartoonish Marvel Super-villain played by Simm was superior to the "Mary Poppins on acid /speed/cocaine/any drug you can name" character seen here . But the main irritant is the interpretation of the Doctor himself Capaldi was the trump card from season 8 , an older more serious , darker character . His character didn't always reach the full potential because of the writing was uneven and different writers seemed to be writing for a different character every week , but the potential was there . Here however Capaldi seems to be playing a different character scene to scene and this is reflected in the tone of the episode as it veers all over the place . A lot of bluster , a lot of noise ,a lot of whole lot of nothing in the grand scheme of things . With the exception of Julian Bleach as Davros there's little to praise in this episode . I also noticed Davros was sleeping and having a nightmare . Let's hope next week's resolution sees Davros suddenly wake up and finds the Moffat era has been a nightmare . It's certainly a nightmare to sit through believe me .

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