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The Witch's Familiar 

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

Director:

Hettie Macdonald

Writers:

Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks")
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Jami Reid-Quarrell ... Colony Sarff
Julian Bleach ... Davros
Joey Price Joey Price ... Boy
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
Barnaby Edwards Barnaby Edwards ... Dalek
Nicholas Pegg Nicholas Pegg ... Dalek
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Storyline

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

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Color
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Trivia

Both River Song and now Missy are now shown to carry handcuffs around with them. See more »

Quotes

Davros: [referring to the Gallifrey prophecy] It spoke of a hybrid creature. Two great warrior races forced together to create a warrior greater than either. Is that what you ran from, Doctor? Your part in the coming of the hybrid?
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Connections

Featured in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor Who Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A little contrived, but not painfully so (for a change).
26 September 2015 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

Last episode, being as great a setup as it was, left me a little nervous about this one. Doctor Who has a (recent) history of silly, contrived, disappointing conclusions to great setups. While this one certainly contained contrivance, it was not severe and did not detract from the quality of the episode.

The episode was well written. Moffat never had trouble writing humour or serious material. He has trouble combining the two. But, like last episode, this one was well balanced, though it was definitely more on the serious side.

One scene involving the function of Daleks manages to be simultaneously funny and very fascinating morally, making you question everything you thought you knew about the life of a Dalek. When you really start to think about the implications of said scene, it is a fascinating character study that I hope they explore further in the future. This is probably the most well balanced Doctor Who scene in a while.

I did notice a bit of sketchy CGI in this episode. At one point, a beam falls, and it looks terrible. To be fair, they are operating on a TV budget, but the last episode was excellent effects wise. Oh, and I miss the screwdriver already. Hopefully he'll get it back when he meets River again later.


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